Customising felt with Gelli printing.
Felt is a very versatile fabric for crafting with, but it does come in a narrow range of colour options and even less pattern options. Today I’m going to show you a quick and mess free way to customise your felt pieces with stencils and a Gelli Plate. Now, “mess” is a very subjective notion so before you proceed I’ll give you my definition of mess free before we get into the nitty gritty. I do not clean dry paint off the plate, it’s not necessary. I do not clean off my stencils, it is not necessary. I do not clean my brayer, until I can’t roll it, then I’ll give it a good soak and peel off the dry layers. No paint clean up equates to ‘mess free’ on this blog. Are you with me? Then lets get on with it.
You will need –
- A Gelli Plate ( or similar)
- A brayer (roller)
- Acrylic craft paints
- Felt pieces
- Roll out some paint onto the plate
- Put a stencil on top
- Place felt over the stencil.
- Using the palm of you hand, press the back of the felt using firm even pressure. Continue to press in different areas. Do not rub your hand across the back as it will shift your felt slightly and not give you a clear print.
Here are some samples of different stencils, paint and felt colour combinations. I only wanted small pieces of printed felt for my project so I only printed small sections. The most bottom right one is a personal favourite as the plate is holding and releasing more paint layers as I continue with changing colours. That takes me straight to my happy place.
So now I want to make something with these printed felt pieces. I was recently reading May Inspires post about crafting car air fresheners out of felt and wanted to try that. I die cut some layering shapes using a flower die (old Spellbinders) and the ever useful Sizzix Big Shot. Hand cutting is a good option if you don’t have these tools.
Stitch the top layers together with some decorative stitching using embroidery floss.
Sew the back on with contrasting running stitch and fill with polyfill before closing off the last petal opening. Add a sting for hanging
They are now ready to be scented up and gifted.
So have a go at printing up some felt to extend your felt stash options. Let me know if you try it I’d love to see. Or tag me @artycraftyglory on Instagram if you post your creations there. Get crafting and find your happy place.