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Thread: Have you ever tried this?

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    I was looking for something to use to create a little stability to some of the table toppers, table runners, mug rugs and coasters I was making. I didn't like how the "stabilizers" and fusibles I tried made my projects too stiff. I also didn't like how batting gave them too much movement when something was placed on the coasters and mug rugs. I was in Wal-Mart one day looking for something to use when I spotted white felt on the bolt. I purchased a yard and have fallen in love. On my pot holders I use a square of felt and a square of Insulbrite. It gives them a nice thickness for a pot holder and yet it is not stiff. You all may already be using this and I am just sloooooowwww to catch on, but thought I would pass this on. It is also pretty reasonable. I think it is 54" wide and only about $2.74 a yard.
    It seems to work well to FMQ on table toppers also.

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    Hmmm... I may have to try that. I typically use Pellon fusible fleece for table runners, I really like the way it "performs" for that function.

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    I really like the felt idea--pliable yet thick enough.

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    Won't felt shrink when washed?

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    I haven't found any problem with it shrinking.

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    Just remember that some felt is wool and will shrink when washed. I believe they do make a washable and felt and maybe that is what you purchased.

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    The felt I used was cotton. Thanks for the warning about the wool felt. Appreciate the heads up. I am mainly a self taught quilter (if you can call me that). Most of my ideas are created by trial and error. Mostly error. LOL

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    Thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie
    I haven't found any problem with it shrinking.
    I have had disastrous results with cheap felt in the past with it just disintegrating (sp?) in the wash. I wonder if it will bunch up in a potholder after laundering. My potholders get washed a lot and I want them to hold up. I find 2 layers of insulbright works well. I don't make the other things so I don't know about using felt for them.

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    Alot of the new felt isnt wool anymore, I think its poly? So maybe the new stuff doesnt shrink? Not sure........

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    I like this idea! (and I'm slower than you to catch on b/c I never heard of it lol)
    I bought wool felt for ornaments and it's pricy. Around 10.00 a yard or something like that. You'll know wool from the others by the price.
    I bet what you used is the poly one- not the craft felt either.
    I'm going to try it, thanks! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie
    Most of my ideas are created by trial and error. Mostly error. LOL
    ROFL!!!!

    ...cute machine in your av, twinkie!

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    I have used it in table runners for quite some time now as it does not give the loft that cotton or poly would so that it is diffucult to put something on, like a cup of coffee or like thing, but it give a stability to the runner so it isn't limp. I think it is the ideal solution.

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    Great idea. Will try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6
    Great idea. Will try it.
    Love that avatar! What a cutie!

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    I just use a layer of muslin inside, enough weight, but not so much fluff.

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    twinkle, I am self taught and still self teaching lol, lots of good info here on the board...I myself would of never thougth to use felt...but I am glad I read the postings, will try but with cotton felt not wool...

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    Thanks for sharing a great tip! Will give it a try with my next one

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    love the felt idea. the batting, as previously mentioned, makes the items placed on the mat tipsy. thanks

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    I didn't know there was a washable felt. I will have to give it a try.

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    Good idea Twinkie! I usually use leftover scraps from quilt projects because I basically stay with Warm N Natural which is low loft but I bet the fleece would work well too. I gotta try it - making 4 hexangonal tabletoppers for family memebers for Greek Easter......

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    Is the stuff you are using Kunin felt or wool felt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    Won't felt shrink when washed?
    Most of the felt in this price range is polyester, so shrinkage is not a problem.

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    I learned something new here today and that is my daily goal. Just an FYI to tell the difference between wool and poly felt, take a small snip from the piece and put in an ashtray. Take a lighter to it, if it melts it's synthetic and if it burns - it's wool. Happy Quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moreland
    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    Won't felt shrink when washed?
    Most of the felt in this price range is polyester, so shrinkage is not a problem.
    OOH Moreland love your avatar! Whats the pattern?

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