|Last project with good scissor - felt pumpkin for Halloween|
Alternatively, what you will not find here is advice on stitching or sewing felt. I repeat, I'm not a crafter by nature! Anyway, back to the tips I can share, and I hope I help you if you're as inept as I proclaim to be. (Random thought: Do they make a Working with Felt for Dummies book?)
Scissors should be sharp! Don't use scissors that you've used on paper, which dulls blades. And, don't be fooled into thinking you have to buy $20+ scissors. I think I splurged on scissors that cost me a whopping $8 (I'm guessing) and those totally did the trick. I even wrote in permanent marker "FABRIC" so that I knew never to use those scissors for anything but fabrics. Here's hoping hubby never finds those things for any of his various projects, either.
Patterns. You can make simple patterns by finding simple coloring sheets of just about any shape or topic. Cut your objects from the paper with scissors (not the fabric scissors I just spoke of, please). Now, use a pin or hold the paper really well over the colored felt of choice and carefully cut around the paper.
Freehand cutting. Freehand is great for more simple ideas, like this easy felt watermelon seed counting activity. The watermelon seeds came out cute without over thinking them.
Perfection. Okay, not really. If you're using felt activities for the kids, they don't really care about how perfect it is. I cared way too much about how perfect things were in the beginning and spent a great deal of time on finding patterns. If you can let go of the idea of perfection, just have fun with it.
Glue. Don't even think about regular school glue... that's rubbish. I found Tacky Glue to be the best for my projects.
I'd still like someone to show me what a medium or heavy weight non-woven, nonfusible interfacing is! What information would you offer to felt board activity beginners?