How to sew embroidery on felt

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Hi Creative Mamas! Welcome to this super fun tutorial. In this post I will teach you how to sew embroidery on felt to embellish a piece of felted wool fabric in order to make a glasses pouch.

Hand embroidery on felted wool is super satisfying and it’s the next creative step after making a piece of felted wool fabric using the wet felting technique.

how to make an embroidered felted glasses pouch tutorial

A lot of my students have asked me :

  • Can you embroider on felt?
  • How do I embroider on felt?
  • What felt is best for embroidery?

So, you can totally embroider on felt. You can use hand felted wool such as the one I am using in this tutorial or you can buy felted wool sheets in the craft stores.

Embroidering on felt is super easy. You only need to know a few basic embroidery stitches such as backstitch, whipstitch and french knots.

Some people love embroidering on hand felted fabric and some people love working on a more industrial looking felt. I guess the main difference will be that the hand felted wool will provide you with a more rustic look and the machine felted wool will deliver a more polished finish.

Both options can look absolutely beautiful! I like to get my hands dirty with felting and natural dyeing so I have chosen to use hand felted fabric for this tutorial.

How to make a pouch for glasses tutorial

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Materials and equipment

Step 1: Wool felt

Place the felted wool on your working surface.

I am using a hand wet felted wool fabric so the edges are uneven. This piece of fabric was created by my daughter and her inspiration came from balloons, hence the little colored circles all around the piece.

wet felted fabric

So the first step is to make a perfect rectangle by trimming the edges to a rectangle shape.

After trimming it, my rectangle measures 4 inches by 7 inches.

embroider on felt

Step 2: Embroidering on felt

The first step to start embroidering on felt is to choose the right embroidery thread. For this project I decided to use a six strand second hand bought thread.

Make sure that the embroidery thread you use is thick because otherwise it won’t show in the felted wool. Felt is thick and spongy and you need the thread to stand out once its been sewn in.

how to embroider felted fabric

To start embroidering without the thread knot showing follow these steps:

1- Insert the thread from the right side of the felted wool.

embroidering on felt

embroidered felt using a backstitch

2- Pull the thread until you can’t see the end any more.

embroidering a backstitch on felt

3- Once the end is hidden inside the felted wool fabric you can start embroidering.

embroidered felt using a backstitch

For this glasses pouch I sewed a back stitch all around the edges.

decorating a  piece of felt with embroidery stitches

How to embroider details onto felt

After decorating the edges I started embroidering details around my little balloons. Embroidery can give the felted details a totally new enhanced effect.

I am choosing contrasting threads to decorate the balloons. Also there is no need for a hoop because its easier to embroider with the felt on a working surface.

decorating a  piece of felt with embroidery stitches

I am also using a whipstitch around the balloons in the photo below.

decorating a  piece of felt with embroidery stitches , whipstitch and backstitch

And I am using a backstitch to decorate the other balloons as shown in this photo.

decorating a  piece of felt with embroidery stitches

When using a backstitch on the middle of the felted piece you can create a bubble effect because the stitch seems to pull the wool in the middle upwards as shown in the photo below.

decorating a  piece of felt with embroidery stitches

I am also making little French knots to embellish even further.

french knots embroidery stitches on felt

You can keep embroidering as much as you would like. There are no rules 🙂

making a  glasses pouch on embroidered felt fabric

At this stage the embroidered fabric is ready to be transformed into a useful glasses pouch. There is no need for a pattern because we will be using the rectangle as it is.

Step 3: Sewing the glasses pouch

Once you are happy with your embroidery you need to fold the rectangle in half.

how to make an embroidered glasses pouch using wet felted wool

Pin the edges.

how to make an embroidered glasses pouch using wet felted wool

Hand sew around the pouch using a whipstitch in a matching color so that it’s invisible.

how to make an embroidered glasses pouch using wet felted wool

Make sure to leave the top edge open. This will be the top of the glasses pouch 🙂

how to make an embroidered glasses pouch using wet felted wool

Felted wool glasses pouch

Voila! Here it’s your hand made felted glasses pouch. Since it’s all made from natural wool it’s a pleasure to handle and so soft that it will never scratch or damage your glasses.

how to make an embroidered felt pouch using wet felted wool

The best thing about this wool felted pouch is that I can now keep my glasses in my handbag and because they are so protected with the wool they don’t get scratched with my keys!

how to make an embroidered felt pouch using wet felted wool

This wool felted pouch is also super light so I prefer using it rather than the heavy pouch that came with the glasses.

how to make an embroidered felt pouch using wet felted wool

How do you transfer an embroidery pattern to felt?

If you have a plain piece of felt fabric and you want to embroider a particular design I suggest that you choose a machine felted fabric. Also a light color would make things easier 🙂

You can place the felt on a window or on top of a light table and trace the design using a water soluble fabric pen. You can then go ahead and embroider with your favorite embroidery stitch.

4 Helpful Tips for Machine Embroidering on Felt

If you would like to try machine embroidery on felt make sure you follow these tips:

  • Make sure the felt is easy to use, has a soft texture and a strong base for machine embroidery stitches.
  • Set your embroidery machine to the appropriate stitches for felt
  • Make sure the tension is the right one on the machine
  • Free motion quilting works great on felt. You would need to use a darning foot for this.

Keep these tips in mind to ensure your next embroidered felt project is a smashing success.

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how to make an embroidered felt pouch using wet felted wool

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