Quality wool felt is lovely to touch – soft, dense, and warm. It’s one of my favorite things to sew with and I can’t seem to get rid of the scraps! I have a huge list of ways to use up knit fabric scraps, but most of them don’t work for felt. A group of other creative bloggers and I have started a monthly challenge to make a craft with a specific supply. This first month, I was so excited for an excuse to brainstorm felt scrap crafts! I have a round-up of more than 25 other ways to use up felt scraps, in this post, if you need more inspiration.
We have a set of these, which were my inspiration. Kids can stack them, match the patterns, or get creative and make shapes of their own.
Magnetic ones serve the same purpose – but they are less likely to end up all over your floor and in your couch cushions! My attempt at a bug and a fish, above.
We have one of those oil drip pans up on our playroom’s wall, which made a perfect spot for my daughter to play with them. They’d work just fine on a fridge, as well.
She is a little young to make patterns, but she loved sticking them up there and moving them around. I don’t specifically brainstorm activities for fine motor skills, but this has to be one with the way she was pinching the pieces off!
I’m doubly pleased that I not only used up felt scraps, I also used up a bunch of those promotional magnets that seem to multiply on your fridge. They’re super thin, nice and flexible, and perfect for projects like this.
Don’t they look pretty! I am so happy with how this turned out, I can’t wait to make more of them and let my preschooler try them out.
- Wool felt scraps
- Freezer paper
- Hot glue
- Sharp scissors
- Printable pattern –sign up for my newsletter and get the free download once you confirm your subscription! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library.
1. Trace the pattern pieces on to the freezer paper, with the shiny side down. If you hate tracing, try out these printable freezer paper sheets!
2. Cut roughly around each shape and then u se a light iron to adhere the pattern piece to the felt, shiny side down. Then use a hot glue gun and glue the felt to the magnet sheet. I had the best luck smearing the glue around on the magnet, then smoothing the felt out over top.
3. Use your sharp scissors and cut around the edges precisely! Ta-da, you’re done. Rinse and repeat for as many pattern blocks as you can stand; the more you have, the more fun they are to play with!
One of my favorite things about using scraps is remembering the projects they came from. All my wool felt is from Benzie Design. – the teal is from this happy seal softie, the yellow is from my fox Roly Poly Critter, and the dark blue is from a project I need to blog about, ASAP, a snowflake pincushion.