Strengthen Your Thinking - Stitch Doodles on Fabric

Transferring the design onto felt

About stitching onto felt:

Stitching onto felt is very similar to stitching onto fabric, and it’s easy too – there are no fraying edges, and felt is lovely and soft to handle.  Sometimes the thread can be taken along to the next stitch by sliding the needle through the thickness of the felt (i.e. inside the body of the felt fabric so that nothing shows on the back of the felt), rather than taking it through to the back of the work. This will give you a different result from stitching all the way through to the back of the fabric, which ‘quilts’ (dimples) your felt a little more. You’ll find out by trial and error what methods work best on felt – if you don’t like something then just unpick it and try again. 


The ‘Stitch Doodles’ activity is simpler on plain or multicoloured felt (without a design).  If you’ve followed our Felt Making Video and created a design then we’ve some suggestions here on how to go about stitching onto your felt design.

1.     Make a copy of your design:

  • Tape your paper design to a window (during daylight!) and tape the tissue paper over it – you should be able to see the design easily if you hold the paper close to the window. Trace the design onto the clean paper with a pencil
  • Remove both from window
  • Trim off the excess paper around the design, leaving a 2cm/ 1” border of plain paper around the edge of the design


2.    Attach the copy to the felt:

  • Pin the design into place on the felt
  • Make tacking stitches (temporary, large stitches) around the edges of the design
  • Remove the pins
  • See diagram below. The tacking stitches are shown in blue


Attach the copy to the felt


3.    Outline the design with running stitches:

  • Make tacking stitches along the main lines of your design, using smaller stitches where design is detailed, and larger stitches on straightforward design lines.  See diagram below. The tacking stitches that outline the design are shown in red


Outline the design with running stitches

  • Remove the paper carefullyby tearing small pieces away, leaving the tacking stitches behind as a guide for the embroidery stitches



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