Here on the Tips & Tricks page you will find all sorts of good information regarding patterns, fabrics and thread.

Choosing a Fabric

If you are not sure about how to Choose Fabrics here is a little information about each type of Fabric and Wool Felt Blends.

In most of our Primitive Patterns we usually will work with 4 types of Fabrics. These are the 4 main fabrics we use but at times we will incorporate other fabrics or mediums.

  1. 100% Cotton Fabrics or Quilting Fabrics
  2. Homespun Woven Fabrics
  3. Wool Felt
  4. Plush Wool Felt or Fleece

Each of these types of fabrics have different weaves, blends, and purpose.

We have found that for our Primitive Patterns each of these types of fabrics work best for a certain purpose.

  • 100% Cotton Fabrics work best for Bodies and Scarves or Bows.
  • Homespun Woven Fabrics work best for just Scarves and Bows.
  • Wool Felt works best for Bodies, Eye Patches, Noses, Hats and Scarves.
  • Plush Wool Felt or Plush Fleece works best for Bodies that you want to look furry or fuzzy.

In our patterns we give you the list of fabrics that we have used to finish the item.  This of course is just a suggestion, you are more than welcome to choose a different fabric to come up with a different look or feel.  Play with it and have fun!


Felt Blends

There are several Felt Blends available either in fabric shops or online. Here are the different types of Felts and what they are best used for.

Fiesta Felt - 100% Acrylic - This felt is found in most big stores that carry fabric and many small stores. It's the most common type of felt and is used in a lot of Kid's Crafts and many other types of crafting.

Wool Felt - Different Blends - This felt is sometimes a little more difficult to come by but can be found in some Fabric Stores and Online.

  • Wool Felt 20/80 - This wool felt is a blend of 20% wool and 80% rayon. Very easy to cut and handle. Width is 36" and dry cleanable. Great for our Primitive Patterns.
  • Wool Felt 35/65 - This wool felt is a blend of 35% wool and 65% rayon. Very easy to cut and handle. Width is 36" and dry cleanable. Great for our Primitive Patterns and for Heirloom projects.
  • Wool Felt 70/30 - This wool felt is a blend of 70% wool and 30% rayon. Superior quality and uniformity. Width is 72" and dry cleanable. Great for Athletic uniforms, penants, banners, etc.
  • Wool Felt 100 - This wool felt is 100% wool. It's considered 'virgin felted wool'. Excellent uniformity and works well for Hats and other craft projects. Width is 36" and is dry cleanable.

Xotic Felt - 100% Natural - Bamboo/Rayon Blend - This felt is soft and strong and made from sustainable natural fibers. Ideal for creative craft projects. Width is 40" and dry cleanable.

We recommend and use either the 20/80 or 35/65 Wool Felt blends. These tend to be a better quality felt to use when working with our Primitive Patterns. Plus your handmade items tend to hold up a lot longer and can become one of those items that you hand down from generation to generation.


Pattern Abbreviations

Many times you will find abbreviations throughout the pattern instructions. Here are some common abbreviations and what they mean.

Abbreviation

Meaning of Abbreviation

RSO

Right Sides Out

RST

Right Sides Together

WST

Wrong Sides Together

DLF

Double Layer Fabric

DL

Double Layer

SLF

Single Layer Fabric

SL

Single Layer

PP

Pattern Piece

WF

Wool Felt


Fabric Size Terms

Here are some common Fabric Size Names and their corresponding Fabric Sizes.

Fabric Terms

Fabric Size

Fat Quarter

18" x 22"

Fat Eighth

9" x 21"

Charm Pack

5" x 5"

Mini Charm Pack

2-1/2" x 2-1/2"

Jelly Roll

2-1/2" x 45"(fabric width)

Layer Cake

10" x 10"

Turnover

6" Triangle

Honey Bun

1-1/2" x 45"(fabric width)

Dessert Roll

5" x 45"(fabric width)

Honeycomb Hexagon

6"

Yard

36" x 45"(fabric width)


Wool Felt & Embroidery Thread Color Chart

This Color Chart is for matching DMC Embroidery Thread/Floss color to the Wool Felt colors.

Wool Felt Color

Thread Color #

Wool Felt Color

Thread Color #

Wool Felt Color

Thread Color #

Bright White or White

Blanc

Mahogany Rose

779

Periwinkle

340

Fresh Linen

822

Burgundy

902

Blue Bayou

3844

Angel Wings

712

Grandma's Garnet

221

Bluer than Blue

158

Antique White

3865

Barnyard Red

3777

Deep Sea Blue

3842

Straw

739

Rustic Crimson

355

Norweigian Blue

798

Buttercream

437

Strawberry Dream

3832

Royal Blue

797

Beach Sand

738

Strawberry Parfait

309

Denim Blue

312

Haybale or Aged Bronze

3032

Adobe Dreams

309

Ragtime Blue

3750

Havana Gold

420

Kiss Me Darling

666

Navy or Midnight Dance

823

Beige

436

Red or Purple Heart

304

Loden Green

522

Champagne

543

Ruby Red Slippers

600

Olive

520

Camel

840

Bright Red

817

Camoflage Green

935

Vanilla Latte

3864

Safari Brown

869

Cypress Garden

934

Cobblestone

3782

Blush

951

Blue Spruce

502

Sandstone

3023

Georgia Peach

3824

Mediterranean Mist

503

Toffee

646

Wheat Fields

3774

Babbling Brook

3768

Oakwood or Burnt Sienna

3857

Blushing Bride

224

Pistachio Ice Cream

772

Buttercup

3078

Cameo Pink

407

Spring Tickle

3819

Banana Cream

3822

Pink Grapefruit

152

Magical Forest

702

Yellow

307

Pink

963

Mint Leaf

992

Eternal Sunshine

743

Pretty in Pink

3722

Grass Skirt

907

Gold

742

Cotton Candy

604

Chartreuse

906

Mellow Yellow

3821

Shocking Pink

603

Lemon Lime Twist

834

Butternut Squash

782

Rose Petal

718

Pea Soup

471

Old Gold

783

Fuchsia

3804

Reet's Relish

469

Honey Mustard

833

English Rose

3733

Shady Grove

3052

Mustard Relish

166

Pink Violet

3608

Enchanted Forest

3363

Mustard Seed

3829

Lavender

3837

Moss

937

Peat Moss

434

Field of Lilacs

210

Grassy Meadows

895

Cinnamon

3826

Wisteria

554

Evergreen

500

Tahitian Sunset

400

Hydrangea

3836

Hunter Green

909

Ember

918

Mulberry or Plum

3726

Kelly Green

699

Canyon Ridge

3830

Grape Jelly

327

Silvery Gray

168

Light Brown

938

Purple

550

Smokey Marble

414

Chocolate or Teddy Bear

838

Purple Sage

161

One Shade of Grey

414

Copper Kettle

301

Vineyard

3740

Driftwood

415

Copper

920

Majestic Plum

154

Confederate Blue

926

Pumpkin Spice

976

Blue Snow

162

Storm Clouds

169

Terracotta Mist

3825

Robin's Egg

159

Cloudy Day

317

Mac n' Cheese

977

Baby Blue

598

Licorice

535

Hallow's Eve

720

Love Bug Blue

932

Smoke

413

Sunburst Orange

741

Tropical Waves

597

Black

310

Dark Orange

608

Peacock

3810



Victorian Rose

315

Alluring Aqua

3766