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Four easy DIY projects with felt

Whether you’re looking for craft projects to sell or keep, these four easy ideas with felt are sure to hit the creative spot

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Felt toy

+ Cut out 2 pieces of 30cm x 20cm felt and place on top of each other.
+ For the legs, cut two 30cm lengths of wide ribbon, fold in half and slip cut ends between bottom edges of felt pieces; pin in place. + For the arms cut two 20cm lengths of ribbon, fold in half and slip cut edges between sides of felt pieces; pin in place.
+ For the hair, cut 10 pieces of ribbon about 18cm long, fold each in half and slip cut edges between top edges of felt. Pin all the way around. Leaving a 1cm seam, sew edges, leaving a gap at the bottom for filling.
+ Stuff the toy with filling, sew up the gap and stick on googly eyes with a hot glue gun.

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Pinboard

+ Draw a 30cm x 26cm hexagon onto a piece of foamboard.
+ Cut out using a ruler and craft knife. Use this as a template to cut out 7 more hexagons. Place template on felt and draw around it. + Cut out, allowing a 2-3cm border all around.
+ Glue felt edges with a hot glue gun and fold over foamboard, securing at back. Repeat for all hexagons.
+ Once glue is dry, attach 3M picture strips to back of each and hang in desired pattern.

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Garland

+ Cut out 15 felt ‘tongue’ shapes measuring 14cm x 8cm in varying colours.
+ Turn the top 2cm over and sew along edge to make an opening for the ribbon.
+ Thread shapes onto ribbon or cord and hang.

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Lightshade 

+ Take a drum lightshade (ours was 35cm diameter) and cut a band of felt to wrap around it.
+ Allow for a 2cm overlap at the ends and 5cm extra top and bottom.
+ Secure felt at back using a hot glue gun.
+ Carefully apply hot glue to top and bottom of felt and fold over to the inside.
+ Leave to dry then hang using a light suspension kit and bulb.

Words by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Rebekah Robinson.

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