I am almost ashamed to admit this, being an avid crafter and all, but... I'm not very good with glue. Whenever I use glue, it gets everywhere. All over me, my project, the office, etc. And glue + felt? Oh, disaster.
So why not try it, huh?
The project I attempted was from the book Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts, by Leah Kramer (Craft Superhero and founder of Craftster). I probably would not have bought this book because there is a baby doll head on the front that kind of creeps me out:
But I'm a big fan of Leah (I fully credit Craftster with my return to crafting after a long mostly craft-free period in my life) and I got to meet her in person when she was on her book tour, so I bought the book then. See how mine's autographed:
(She was really great!)
Since I'm on a flower making kick right now, I thought I would try out the felt flowers. There are patterns for 3 different flowers, but I was really attracted to the Zinnia:
Looks great there, doesn't it? Yeah. Mine is not so great:
(Ugh! Glue everywhere!)
Part of the problem, I will admit, was having the wrong kind of glue. My regular white glue had dried up (from lack of use -- have I mentioned I'm not very good with glue?) so I used some Goop. That's not really the right thing for felt, I know.
But I tried to go forward with it anyway. Then I realized I was failing and abandoned the project to get the right kind of glue (the classic: Aleene's Tacky Glue) but I'm still not happy with my results. As you can see, there are a lot of glue bits all over this thing.
The flower is also kind of bulky, which I'm not crazy about. See how thick it is:
She used a pom-pon, but I didn't have any, so I made a fabric covered button (I forgot how easy and fun those are to make! Whee!) but I think it kind of looks like a nose, which isn't great.
If I try this flower again, I'm definitely going to try sewing it. I'm just not good with glue. Why fight it?