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Using Felted Wool

Ideas and inspiration for felted wool projects.

Folk Art Inspired


The designer’s interpretation of a traditional folk art pattern will add new dimension to your stitching repertoire. It combines embroidery, appliqué, and quilting to create this heartwarming wool-on-wool penny rug.

Quilt designer: Janet Carija Brandt

Quilt name: I Love You, American Patchwork & Quilting, June 1999

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Freezer-Paper Templates and Stitching


To make a wool project like this Basket of Posies throw, use freezer-paper templates to cut felted wool into appliqué pieces.

Lay the freezer paper over each pattern piece with the paper side up. Trace the pattern with a pencil; no not include seam allowances. Cut out the traced pattern roughly ¼" outside the line. Place pattern on the wool and press with the shiny side of the freezer paper facing the wool. Cut out on the traced line and remove the freezer paper. Reuse the freezer-paper template several times if desired.

Use a basic running stitch or a decorative hand- or machine-embroidery stitch to attach the wool appliqués to the foundation. For added dimension, add buttons or tack wool appliqué pieces at their centers only.

Quilt name: Bee Happy Pincushions, American Patchwork & Quilting Complete Guide to Quilting, 2002

Patriotic Penny Rug


Penny rugs—so named because of their plethora of wool circles (or pennies)—traditionally use a hand-sewn blanket stitch to attach the shapes to a wool background.

Quilt name: Stars & Stripes Penny Rug, Easy Appliqué Quilts, 2003

Wool Wardrobe Accessory


Because you don’t need to turn under wool appliqué edges, wardrobe accessories like this folk art pin go together quickly.

Quilt designer: Jill Kemp

Quilt name: Penny Rug Fashions, American Patchwork & Quilting, October 1997

Wool Jacket Clip


The dense weave of felted wool makes it especially durable, so it’s a good choice for wardrobe accessories like this jacket clip.

Quilt designer: Jill Kemp

Quilt name: Penny Rug Fashions, American Patchwork & Quilting, October 1997

Fun Felted Fall Bag


This felted wool swing bag shows off a snazzy pumpkin appliqué.

Quilt designer: Debbie Busby

Quilt name: Wool Pumpkin Bag, American Patchwork & Quilting, October 2004

Wool Embellishments


Simple embellishments, such as stars stitched on black felted wool, add dimension, texture, and personality to projects. This easy-does-it pillow would be perfect for the baseball fans in your life!

Quilt designer: Sharon Stewart

Quilt name: Baseball Duo, American Patchwork & Quilting, June 2002

Folk Art Inspired


The designer’s interpretation of a traditional folk art pattern will add new dimension to your stitching repertoire. It combines embroidery, appliqué, and quilting to create this heartwarming wool-on-wool penny rug.

Quilt designer: Janet Carija Brandt

Quilt name: I Love You, American Patchwork & Quilting, June 1999

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