5 Feb 2017

Bear Pocket Bags - Combining Felt and Flocked Heat Transfer

Hello Janet here again.
Today I'm sharing a felt project with you over on the Silhouette UK Blog, turning a paper pocket file into a cute felt bag.  It also includes instructions for a no-sew technique for adding fine details to ANY felt project.

Many of the files in the Silhouette Design Store, designed to be used for paper, can be made into felt projects. Felt cuts much more easily on the Silhouette CAMEO®3 if it is first backed with a stabiliser. I used the Silhouette Clean Cut  Fusible Fabric Stabiliser, rather than the Cut and Sew type, as this project wouldn't require any machine sewing. In fact, it requires no sewing at all.

For detailed instructions on how to cut felt backed with stabiliser I recommend that you read my recent post on the Silhouette  UK blog called Cutting Felt with Cameo®3.  I also recommend using a wool/viscose felt mix, rather than a completely synthetic felt. Not only does it cut more easily, but it retains its softness and dimension, whereas synthetic felt can, once pressed, compress and fuse with the layer beneath, losing depth and texture.

In order to make the smaller and more detailed pieces I used my favourite cheat - Flocked Heat Transfer Material. Once incorporated into the the project its velvety texture looks like felt, but more intricate cuts can be made with a level of detail not possible from felt.

What You'll Need
Felt Sheets in Brown Shades (preferably a  30% wool, 70% viscose blend)
Cotton Fabric for Lining
Fusible Fabric Stabiliser (Clean Cut)
Black Flocked Heat Transfer Material 
Iron (on a non-steam setting)
Fabric Adhesive (Beacon Fabri-tac is my favourite)
Ribbon, Cord, or Similar (for a strap)
Downloaded file Bear Hug Candy Pocket by J M Rush (#172324)
Downloaded Bow File, I used (#16778) by Alaa' K

The file's designer, J M Rush, gives full instructions on how to make up the pocket. These instructions can be accessed in 3 ways:
  • From the file's details in the Silhouette Design Store,
  • Using the Show Properties facility in your software Downloads Library, and
  • Directly from this link.

I hope you like these cute bears, I loved making them and LOVE my Silhouette too!


Katie Lamb said...

These are so sweet and great for gifts

Janet Packer said...

Thanks Katie. I've just seen that the designer has a polar bear one. I might have to make one in two if those too.

Jackie Trinder said...

Wow Janet this is amazing it is just so cute. Anyone would be thrilled to receive one of these. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Kathy said...

Janet! These are just too cute!

Janet Packer said...

Thank you Jackie and Kathy.

Jan Ltc said...

This is adorable xx Jan

GetSilvered said...

Such Cute bears. You come up with the best ideas - The HTV on the felt is fabulous.

Shabneez said...

These are absolutely adorable Janet. A very well executed project. Shabneez x

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

TOO cute, this would make a great VBS or kids valentine!