Patches or pieces, such as felt applique, can be added to various craft projects to make each piece different. Felt appliques can be purchased pre-cut in shapes or you can craft your own by tracing a pattern onto felt and then cutting out the design. Regardless of which type of felt applique you use, once you start looking around your house and in closets you will find a multitude of items that can be transformed by adding appliques.
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Clothing, from jeans and jackets to sweaters and scarves, can be custom designed by attaching felt applique. Depending on the material you are working with, you will need to glue or sew on the applique. Add applique patches to the back pockets of jeans, front jean jacket pockets, the outside sleeves of coats and even randomly across the back of a sweater. You can make a plain sweater colourful and decorative in a short time.
Purses and Accessories
Plain purses, whether made from plastic, vinyl, denim, leather or straw, can be transformed in to individualised handbags by the addition of felt applique. Glue or attach shapes such as flowers, butterflies and birds to spring purses to give the handbags a breath of fresh air. If you happen to have an old, solid colour purse laying around, attach felt applique in Christmas shapes such as snowflakes, Christmas trees, stars, ornaments and snowmen to make a seasonal bag to carry around.
Headbands and Barrettes
You can change the way a simple headband looks, and make some to specifically match certain outfits, by hot gluing on felt appliques. This same process works for changing the look of basic hair barrettes as well. If you have a plain black headband and want to make the piece dressier, consider adding felt applique flowers in an assortment of colours to make the headband stand out. Gluing felt applique to barrettes makes a barrette used to secure a nape-of-the-neck ponytail more individual.
Adding felt applique pieces and shapes to pillows, blankets and even curtains can quickly transform a plain object into one which seamlessly blends in with your decorating style. For example, if you have a checkered or plaid couch with multiple colours, add felt applique shapes to plain pillows to bring out the subtle hues of the couch. If you have a child's nursery decorated in a safari theme, adding felt applique animals to the tops of curtains can add a whimsical touch. Consider sewing felt applique shapes on various soft fabric items throughout your house to incorporate design themes. Ideas of items to applique felt to include Christmas stockings, Christmas tree skirts, napkins, table runners, tablecloths, kitchen towels and shower curtains.
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