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Reclaim and Upcycle

Do you find that sometimes you have a piece of clothing or other fabric item that has served it’s purpose – but you are reluctant to get rid of it?  Why not ‘reclaim’ the fabric and create something new?

I did this with some  polyester satin pillowcases, a bedspread, lace curtain from my old four poster bed and the wool blend lining of a suit jacket my partner had hardly worn but was going to give away because it no longer fitted him.  I cut the items  up into various sized pieces and added them to my ever growing fabric stash.  I have subsequently made some fabric corsage brooches, chokers and wrist wraps like this one:

As well as some herb sachets such as these two  (the corsages sewn to the sachets are made from new fabric):

Claire of FeltLikeStitchin has just purchased a couple of gorgeous skirts from her local charity shop.  Both are  far too large for her but as she says “I love the fabric so I am going to have a go at a bit of recycling and repurposing”.  Visit her blog to find out more about the challenge she has set herself!


Did you know that from archeological evidence felt is perhaps the oldest form of fabric known to humankind. It is made from matted and compressed fibres or fur which have been pressed together using heat, moisture and pressure or agitation, and because it is not woven no loom is required to make it.

Felt does not unravel or fray and therefore is such a versatile textile to use for crafting and sewing projects!

Claire Fearnley of FeltLikeStitchin was one of the first sellers I purchased from on Etsy in 2007. I was enchanted by her colourful and beautifully constructed felt creations, in particular her range of DiDi Dolls, some of which are shown here – and Mini Monster Keyrings, and thought they would make lovely stocking fillers for family Christmas presents.

Claire kindly agreed to answer some questions:

  • How long have you been working with felt? “I’ve been stitching in one form or another since I was a young child, but my obsession with felt started about 2 1/2 years ago. I was having a sort through my craft supplies when I found some random pieces of felt – I can’t even remember why I bought them in the first place but it suddenly struck me how much I could do with them so I started to experiment. I happened to have some stuffing in amongst my supplies (I have way too much craft stuff!) so making little felt dolls just seemed to follow on naturally”.
  • What is it you like about working with felt? “The main thing I love about felt is the amazing range of colours available. I remember doimg creative projects at school and all the felt seemed to be green, red or white and we normally made holly or snowmen! When I go to the sewing shop now there’s so much choice and the colours are so lovely and bright – it just inspires me to create! The other good thing about felt is it’s so easy to work with. It doesn’t fray and it’s a wonderful fabric for children’s craft projects”.
  • What inspired you to create your DiDi Dolls? “At first I just made random creations from felt, but when I decided to open my Etsy shop and sell little felt dolls I wanted them to be special. I played around with ideas for a name – because they were small I was thinking of the word ‘diddy’ – that didn’t sound quite exotic enough so I changed the spelling to DiDi and designed the little pocket for the back of my dolls. The dolls started off quite simple but the range has evolved to include monsters, animals, celebrities and Russian Dolls – it feels as though the more I make the more new ideas I get”!
Claire has her own website: http://feltlikestitchin.co.uk and also sells on Folksy (as well as her Etsy shop).

Her DiDi Dolls are also available at the following stores:
Cup Cakes A Go Go – 2079 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, Florida
Larry’s Corner, Stockholm, Sweden
Unique Freaque – 121 N. Kenilworth, Oak Park, Illinois 60301
Texas Art Spot – N.Beaton St. Corsicana, Texas
Trendy Shoppes
Gifts by Jayne
Hunkydory Home

Claire’s Russian Dolls which she sells through Hunkydory Home have just been featured in the UK’s Sunday Time Style Magazine, Sunday, 17th May 2009!