Alternatives to Felting

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Alternatives to Felting
Quilted potholders are a good alternative to felt potholders. (Autumn Color Potholders image by Joyce Wilkes from Fotolia.com)

Whether you are opposed to felt on moral grounds or you just don't like how it feels, there are lots of alternatives to felt for any project you have in mind. Use these ideas and your imagination to think of the perfect substitute for what you are hoping to accomplish.

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Brocade Fabric

If you are opposed to felt on moral grounds because you are vegan, try using a heavy brocade fabric instead. This is a good idea if you are looking for alternatives to cutouts made out of felt, suggests the website Vegan Represent.

Quilted Potholders

Quilted potholders make a good substitute for felt if what you need is a thick material to block heat. Felt is useful for this because of its thickness, but quilting material sandwiched by two pieces of fabric and stitched together works just as well.

Make a Hat From an Old Sweater

Looking for ways to reuse your old sweater without turning it into felt? Try making it into a hat, suggests the blog Courage To Create. Just make a pattern using a hat you already have and love, cut your sweater to fit it, and sew it together. No felting involved!

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