Stash Happy Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers

For those with a stash of felt (or any fabric for that matter) and are looking for creative ways to use it up, Stash Happy: Felt by Amanda Carestio gives 30 fun projects that range from useful table top accessories, to actual accessories you can wear.

Stash Happy is a series from Lark Crafts with two other fun books: Stash Happy: Patchwork and Stash Happy: Applique. Each repurposes scraps and stashes of fabric into fun projects that can be quickly sewn up in a free or rainy afternoon. If you are like me, those impulse buys at the fabric store for fun fabrics in fat quarters or in the scrap bin discounted just begs to be bought. Now, they can be put to use with new projects.

Nicely Illustrated and Full Color Images

The photographs throughout Stash Happy Felt are clear and bright, and beg to be tried. Perhaps that is just the nature of felt, but the colors are either in bright primaries and cool pastels, and adds to the contrast in the photos whether indoor or outdoor. Any time a hand stitch is shown in detail, Carestio makes sure to use a thick, contrasting sewing thread to further illustrate the details.

The photographer, Cynthia Shaffer, does great close-ups on the projects, and the illustrator, Orrin Lungdren, created clear drawings on the sewing details and the templates themselves. All the templates are found in the back of the book, and if they need to be enlarged will state what the percentage is. Other diagrams indicate how long and where to cut the fabric.

Stash Happy: Felt Projects and Overview

The 30 projects in the book range from cases and clutches to hold things in, to wearables like mittens, a fun tshirt, and a hat. Accessories include a brooch, scarf, bracelet, and a fun crown. For those only interested in crafty things and toys, you can make a stuffed bear, pincushion whale, and even a nifty mushroom terrarium to put on display.

In addition to the many sewing projects, Carestio gives a brush up on the basics of sewing with felt and shows what hand stitches will be used in the book. Her tips include how to felt a sweater and how to deal with tricky felt edges when appliqueing. For those into no-sewing, there are a couple of no-sew projects to try using a glue gun (the wreath and the set of felt trees).

Recommended for Anyone Looking for Quick Gifts Using Felt Stashes

I loved the book for its suggestions on gifts to give made up of fabric stashes. The bright pink Owly Lunch Bag is on my list to try, and I'm customizing it for all three of my kids to use. Alternate ideas for all the projects are listed to make each project a little different, or to customize it for use with whatever stash you have on hand.

Free Projects Available Online

If you want a preview of different projects this book has, Lark Crafts has listed three free projects from Stash Happy: Felt that can be downloaded. All are in pdf format for easy printing.

Book Information:
  • Stash Happy: Felt - 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers; by Amanda Carestio
  • Lark Crafts, an Imprint of Sterling Publishing; 2011
  • ISBN13: 9781600599255
  • Softcover; 128 pages, full color 
Publisher's Catalog:
Stash Happy Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers by Amanda Carestio

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Stash Happy: Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers

Disclosure: This book was provided to the author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.

Renee Shelton