Tips & Tricks

Wool Felt Stacks

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.

  • 100% Cotton Fabrics or Quilting Fabrics
  • Homespun Woven Fabrics
  • Wool Felt
  • 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 my Primitive Doll  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 Doll  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, pennants, 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.


I  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 my Primitive Doll  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.

Fabric Size Terms

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

  • Fat Quarter - 18" x 22"
  • Fat Eighth - 9" x 21"
  • Charm Pack - a set of 5" x 5" pre-cut squares of coordinating fabrics.
  • Mini Charm Pack - a set of 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" pre-cut squares of coordinating fabrics.
  • Jelly Roll - a set of 2-1/2" x 45" pre-cut coordinating strips of fabric all rolled together.
  • Layer Cake - a set of 10" x 10" pre-cut squares of coordinating fabrics.
  • Turnover - a set of 6" pre-cut triangles of coordinating fabrics.
  • Honey Bun - a set of 1-1/2" x 45" pre-cut coordinating strips of fabric all rolled together. Usually 40 strips.
  • Dessert Roll - a set of 5" x 45" pre-cut coordinating strips of fabric all rolled together.  Usually 20 strips.
  • Honeycomb Hexagon - a set of pre-cut coordinating Hexagons that measure 6" from point to point.
  • Yard of Fabric - measures 36" x with of fabric (example: quilting fabric is usually 36" x 45")