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Thursday, September 21, 2017

#Cre8time Snow Days ... Designer Crafts Connection Kunin Felt Blog Hop

Happy Thursday! Today I am part of a new Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop featuring Kunin Felt... get ready to feel all warm and fuzzy! 

I was sent a wonderful wintery assortment of gorgeous Kunin Felt in 9" x 12" craft cuts of Classic felt one 12" x 18" craft cut of Premium felt. and also two pom-pom trims from Expo International. It's still summertime where I live in South Florida, but creating with felt always brings me back to fond memories of making all kinds of ornaments and other goodies with felt when I was growing up in Chicago. 

I really love using Kunin felts and fabrics! The products are made in the U.S.A. and they are eco-friendly. I am I'm all about using "GREEN" products and Kunin Felt are Eco-fi® 100% polyester fiber, made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. 

My project today is a wintery felted holder for my smart phone. I am constantly taking my phone out and many outfits {especially wintery ones} don't have pockets, so a snowy winter case will be perfect!

I began by measuring and cutting out a couple rectangles to size a bit larger than my smartphone; and also several strips of white and the 12"x18" grey for coordinating strap.

I love that I can cut the felt using my guillotine cutter! 

Then I cut some knotches away for the corners and also a half circle at the top of one side - this accent will help ease of removing my smartphone.

I used felt glue to start assembling the strap and the base of the phone holder. The Beacon Felt Glue tacks up quickly, and dries clear.

I glued all my strap sections together and set aside to dry.

I planned for this to be a free-form "NO-SEW" project. As I was assembling, I realized I needed something a little stronger than the felt glue, so I switched to using hot-glue for assembly.

I followed along the the long edge of one rectangle applying a bit of hot glue, then pressing the pom-pom trim into place. This took the most time and I'm happy with the results.

When I got around the bottom edge, the overlapped felt had a gap where I could glue in the edging of the pom-pom trim. 

After securing bottom edge trim, I continued gluing trim around the other side.

With the trim adhered around three sides and the base, I folded over the top and followed back around with hot glue to close up the sides. Now the holder is complete.

I wanted to add some stitching, but I didn't necessarily want to hand stitch the entire strap I have fashioned. So I got out the sewing machine and quickly zig-zag stitched through the center several times to add interest and texture.

I really like the two-tone strap with peeks of white amongst the grey felt. I love the rustic feel of my wonky zig-zag stitching too.

I hot glued the the strap to the completed case; one strap to the front and the other to the back. This will balance the weight of my smartphone and also lay flat when worn.

My phone tote is cute, durable with a little touch of bling! The pom-pom trim gives it a girly feel, but also adds a little padding around the edges. 

I finished off the front with a couple gems and a hand-cut wonky snowflake using the white felt adhered with Beacon felt glue.

How would you dress us your smart phone? I would love to hear what you create with Kunin Felt! For more Cre8time ideas and inspiration please follow Kunin Felt online and via social media.

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Thanks so much for visiting! CLICK HERE to pop over to the beginning of the Designer Crafts Connection "Kunin Felt" Bloghop and enjoy all more warm and fuzzy felt inspiration. Be sure to leave a comment over at DCC to be entered into a random drawing to receive an assortment of both Classic felt and Premium felt to make your own projects! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. Kunin Felt has provided the felt, and Expo International the pom-pom trim for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.


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