Fancy Schmancy Felt Garland – free pattern

Fancy Schmancy Felt Garland - free pattern from Shiny Happy World

I’m going to be honest, you guys.

This project is insane!

I mean – it’s lovely. A paper-chain inspired garland of hand-embroidered felt rings with hook & loop closures so you can store them easily. It’s sooooo beautiful and looks so warm and cozy and wintry. I’m absolutely enchanted with how it turned out!

But seriously. Hand-embroidered felt garland rings? Twenty-four of them? This is hours and hours and hours (and hours!) of hand embroidery. Of course, I enjoyed every minute of it. But I’d be the first to admit that I’m a little crazy about hand-embroidery on wool felt. This is a project that will keep your hands busy for a LOT of cozy evenings.

If I haven’t talked you out of it yet, here are the instructions. . .

The pattern includes six different band decorations and they all fit on one piece of Magical Embroidery Stuff (aka Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy). So I did six bands each of four different felt colors for a total of 24 rings. That made a chain 42 inches long. For the materials below I’ll assume you’ll do the same crazy thing. 🙂

What you need

Want to get all your materials with one click? There’s a kit available here.

Throughout the pattern, the links go to video tutorials teaching that skill. If it’s a new stitch or technique for you, just click through to see how to do it!

Here’s how to make it. . .

1. Print the pattern. You can download it here. Print the pattern at 100% size onto four sheets of Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy (aka The Magical Embroidery Stuff).

Fancy Schmancy Felt Garland - free pattern from Shiny Happy World

2. Peel the backing off and stick the stabilizer/pattern transfer onto the felt.

Cut the pieces out on the lines.

Embroider the designs right through the stabilizer.

I didn’t embroider the designs the same way every time – preferring instead to just play around. You should play too! You can find tutorials for plenty of stitches here. . .

 

http://www.shinyhappyworld.com/category/embroidery/embroidery-videos/fill-stitches

3. Soak off the Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy. I soak mine in cold water for at least an hour, then rinse off the mushy stabilizer under cold running water. Don’t rub it to remove any stubborn bits – just hit them with a kitchen sprayer if needed.

Lay the pieces flat on a towel to dry. Do not wring, twist or even smoosh them. Just set them sopping wet on a towel and let them be. I promise they’ll dry. 🙂

(If you’ve never used Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy before, I ramble on endlessly about how awesome it is and why I love it so much and how I use it here.)

http://www.shinyhappyworld.com/category/embroidery/embroidery-videos/fill-stitches

4. Finish the bands. Cut second piece of felt for the back of the band. I just laid the front band down and cut around it so the back would match the front exactly.

Sew a small piece of hook & loop tape to the blank end of the top of the band, and to one end of the back of the band.

I used a sewing machine, but you could do it by hand if you prefer. I left enough space on the embroidered side to use the narrowest big-box-store hook & loop tape (like you see on the top band) but if you order one of my kits you’ll get the special less-bulky skinny hook & loop tape I prefer (like you see on the bottom band).

Put the front and back together so that the hook & loop tape is on opposite ends of the band and sew the pieces together around the edge. I used whipstitch, but you could certainly use a sewing machine – especially if you want to finish before the end of the year. 🙂

Fancy Schmancy Felt Garland - free pattern from Shiny Happy World

5. Wrap them into rings and build your chain.

Here are the six designs in the pattern, stitched up on purple felt.

Fancy Schmancy Felt Garland - free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Finished!

*happy sigh*

I do so love handsewing felt. 🙂

Happy stitching!

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Best,
Wendi
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19 COMMENTS

  1. Robyn Swensen SAYS...

    Wendy, this is so beautiful! I must admit I’m not quite crazy enough 😉 to do it myself, but I do admire your dedication to the project.

  2. Laura SAYS...

    Super cute, but Wow that’s a LOT of work. Although it’s work I love too… Maybe for next year 🙂 nicely done!

    • I’m already thinking about making another in reds and pinks for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

  3. TerriSue Borden SAYS...

    I love this Wendy. I am going to start on one. It might be something that will take me a couple of years to complete as the arthritis in my hands has gotten so bad, but like you I enjoy stitching on felt. I think I will use snaps as closures. You might find that the hook side of the Velcro is going to catch and snag your embroidery stitches. Mine is going to be a labor of love for my grandchildren. I don’t want it ruined by snagging Velcro. Thank you so much for the idea, pattern and designs. You are so creative!

    • I’m going to have to pack mine carefully so that the prickly side of the velcro is always up against the back of the strips. I would have rather used snaps, but the ones I had on hand wouldn’t go through two layers of felt. 🙁

      • Kakarn SAYS...

        I think if you open each ring and use the Velcro to attach them end to end to form a long tape, you could roll them nicely on a spool or card tube for storage. :o)

  4. GrandmasBeans SAYS...

    Will the kits still be available after Christmas? Sounds like a good project to start in January for Christmas 2015!

    • Yes – I keep holiday items in the shop all year. 🙂

  5. C.J. SAYS...

    Hi Wendy,
    This is by far the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time! Really, really lovely.
    I don’t know how large the rings are, but aren’t you tempted to wear them as bracelets? I definitely would be… 🙂

    • I’m tempted – but they’re just a tiny bit too short as is. But I’ve been thinking about some designed especially as bracelets. 🙂 They’ll be a little slimmer, with rounded instead of square ends, and use a different closure – either a snap or a button. And I’m thinking a mix of applique and embroidery. . .

      • Anonymous SAYS...

        Oh yes! If we are going to do all that work by all means they should be bracelets! Will be watching for that pattern.

      • Elaine Judd SAYS...

        Yes, bracelets! Please do!

      • C.J. SAYS...

        Can’t wait to see them 🙂

  6. Jeanie Singler SAYS...

    Ditto on the bracelet patterns.

    • I just tested it and it’s working fine. My guess would be an incompatibility between your version of your browser and this version of the PDF. Please try the tips on the FAQ page here under “When I try to download my pattern it doesn’t work.”

  7. sandy SAYS...

    I love this!!! I think you could alternate plain and embroidered loops to make a longer chain and it might even draw attention to the embroidery better with some spaces in between. I may be starting soon for next year.