Last summer, my daughter needed a belt but she's so tiny in the waist that it was hard to find anything that would fit her correctly. I did a book review on a felt embroidery book and loved the belt that I made using the book. I've been making a few more belts lately since my daughter wanted another one. They do take a lot of time, but I enjoy the process. I have added a couple belts to my Etsy Shop and I just finished the belt in this post and added that to my shop, as well.
For this belt, I used the Baskets & Blooms die and the Big Shot die cutting machine to cut out all the little flowers. Using a die to cut out the pieces on a belt like this makes it super easy to make sure that all of the flowers are of uniform size. I cut little pieces of felt (also a great way to use up small scraps of felt) and then stacked them 3 to 4 on top of each other and ran them through the Big Shot.
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I used the small sized flower from the Baskets & Blooms die. This belt measures 1 1/4 inches by 36 1/4 inches (it fits a young girl.)
I used a whip-stitch applique stitch (in deep red and coral) to hold down the flowers and then used a back stitch for the mustard colored swirls in each of the flowers. I added a single black glass bead in the center of each flower. I used a back stitch in olive green for the tendrils on each side of the flowers.
So, have you used your Big Shot dies with felt? What have you made with it?
Now, I'm off to cut some felt with my new Circles #2 Originals die. I'm still tossing up what I'm going to create, but I know it'll be fun!
If you're looking to get started with using your Big Shot and felt together, I have a couple ways to help you!