Pattern Design

I’ve always been obsessed with pattern and surface design. I can spend hours wandering through the aisles at my local fabric shop. I decided to try my hand at pattern design and have opened a new online fabric shop – Fab Fabric. So far I’ve taken 2 Skillshare classes: Pattern Design: Creating Inspiring Repeats by Elisabeth Olwen, and Introduction to Surface Design: Creating and Mixing Patterns by Jenna Frye. Both were really helpful! I also highly recommend this book: A Field Guide to Fabric Design. I particularly liked the section on designing repeats which has always been something I struggled with.

Quick Tip – Use Packing Tape for Cutting Felt Shapes

When I was first working with felt I had a heck of a time trying to get the shapes I wanted cut out precisely. I used cardboard cutouts and my trusty rotary cutter for straight lines, but anything else was a pain in the you know what. I tried everything including straight pins and disappearing ink (that didn’t disappear) fabric pens to no avail. Luckily I found this handy tutorial over on Wee Folk Art! All you need is some wide packing tape!

Cut out your paper pattern leaving a little bit of space around the cut line and tape around all the edges on top of your piece of felt.

Cut out your shape along the pattern line and admire your perfectly cut felt!

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