Crafternoon How-To: Embellished Felt Collar

Continuing on the theme of Peter Pan collars (our crafty theme for May’s Crafternoon Cabaret Club) this is my How-To for a slightly more challenging embellished felt peter pan collar.

To create my pattern template I took inspiration from Honestly WTF.  The felt looked really good with the scalloped edges so it’s worth paying extra attention to make them neat.

The ingredients
The ingredients

You will need:

  • Felt (A4 size or 12″ x 12″ will be plenty)
  • Template HERE
  • Pins
  • Needle and Thread ( to match your felt or embellishments)
  • Ribbon (two lengths of 25cm should do the trick)
  • Buttons, beads or pearls to embellish

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Step One: Cut your template and fabric

Cut out your template on normal printer paper (you can also use tissue paper or grease proof paper).  Your can then either pin your template to the felt or hold in place and carefully cut out.  If you are using acrylic felt then be aware that any holes you make on the felt e.g. with pins, will stay there which may affect the strength in your embellishment sewing later.  if you use wool felt there is a bit more flexibility and the felt fibres will correct themselves once the pins are removed. crafternoon how to felt collar 2

Step Two: Secure at the front

Overlap the front corner of your two felt pieces slightly and secure with a bead, pearl or button.

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Step Three: Get Creative

Time to design the look of your collar.  Place beads, pearls or buttons on your collar to choose the placing and colour scheme.  I’m going for a studded look pattern using glass metallic pearl beads.  I love how the bronze pearls look against the dark blue felt – and I managed to find bronze ribbon to match too.

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Step Four: Embroider and embellish

This is the section of the How-To that took the most time!  I sewed each pearl bead on individually with a double threaded needle, knotting at the back and trimming the thread so the back was neat.  A good tip for anyone who’s already thinking ‘I do NOT have the patience to sew 16 beads in place individually’ I started at the front and worked symmetrically so that if I reached a point where I’d had enough the collar embellishment would look intentional (so so sneaky!!).

Step Five: Ribbons

Sew a short length of ribbon to the back corner of each side of the collar.  These will be your ties to secure your collar around your neck!

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And you’re done!!

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Put on, rock out, Happy Crafternoon!

Photography by Hannah Cox.  Covered under copyright © creativise

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