Book review: Big Little FELT Universe

Remember this post I did a while back about Jeanette Lim of Ume Crafts. Well she's turned her amazing felt creations into a book! Check out the beautifully designed Big Little Felt Universe: Sew It, Stuff It, Squeeze It, Fun!

I was struck immediately by how many projects were in the book, over 70! Jeanette has so many clever techniques. I love the frosting edges on the cake above. On the banana you can put magnets on the inside so that the two banana slices connect to make a whole banana. Then you can cut the banana in half with your felt knife and felt cutting board. Too funny. One of Jeanette's main techniques is to use posterboard as a stabilizer. You basically make the shape of your felt object out of the posterboard and then sew your felt around the posterboard frame. I can see how this would really help the plush keep their shape. It's a new technique to me and one I definitely want to try.

Another thing I love about the book is that the templates are right after the project. You don't have to search for them in the back of the book. Yay!

The project I want to make the most is the potted bamboo. I have tons of felt lying around, I just need the time to make it (maybe after Quilt Market). The plants are actually separate from the pots, so you can pretend that you're planting your little cactus or African violet. I'll be sure to post some pics of the bamboo once I finish it. Check out Jeanette's etsy store here and check out the book here on amazon.


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