Here are a few felt projects I have made recently for this holiday season. This first one is called a felt ogee ornament. I found the instructions for it on Betz White’s site last year and bookmarked it so I could make some this year. It’s a lovely geometric ornament – too large for my tree but makes a really pretty window decoration.
Like Betz, I used some thick felt I had on hand as she suggested that thinner doesn’t hold its shape as well. I didn’t, however, use a craft knife as she did to cut mine out. I found that the craft knife didn’t work well at all for me and it was much easier just to poke a tiny opening and then continue cutting the lines out with scissors. You can find the complete instructions for this at: http://blog.betzwhite.com/2009/12/felt-ogee-ornament-tutorial.html
Another project I made began as a Tootsie Roll container. These containers were stocking stuffers last year that I saved because I just knew I could recycle them into something wonderful. The top pulls out of the container so that it’s resealable and it even has a slit in the top so it can be used as a bank (but you could always put a slit into your container to make it into a bank if needed.
I used a bunch of felt scraps that I had on hand and glued them onto the container to make it look like a nutcracker soldier (kind of an obsession of mine – I collect them!), embellishing with some googly eyes, quilt batting and fun foam bits to make features. His hat is open at the top so that you can still easily use this as a bank (maybe for next year’s Christmas fund?) AND it’s the perfect size to hold a stack of cookies to give as a gift. Talk about multi-purpose!
I found this link with some other great felt projects as well: http://www.twigandthistle.com/blog/?s=five+days+of+felt&x=0&y=0