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We love felt. I think I speak for all of us here  in the TV craft department when I make that statement. We use it so often—on all different kinds of craft projects—that we have amassed quite the collection of wool felts. All our felt is stored in plastic bins by color and take up a large portion of our fabric section. We keep one bin just for scraps labeled appropriately "felt bits". That bin was depleted for a while when I went haywire on it back in August.

What should have just stayed small, like the original idea below, just kept growing and growing. Before I knew it, I had used all our green felt and had more of a doormat than a trivet!

felt stump trivet

Everyone agreed that the time and money put into this "mat" was too much to just be stepped on, so it's been sitting on a shelf for months now. Iwas thinking maybe I should just go for it and make a full size carpet, what do you think?

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felt scraps organized by color in Ziplock bags

7 felt scraps organized by color in Ziplock bags

orange scraps cut into half inch strips

8 orange scraps cut into half inch strips

roll strips into a coil and use hot glue to secure in place

9 roll strips into a coil and use hot glue to secure in place

finish with one strip, start the next one right after, butting up the ends

10 finish with one strip, start the next one right after, butting up the ends

run the glue along and roll.

11 run the glue along and roll.

Check out our favorite wool felt sources to start your collection of felt:

Magic Cabin

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B&M Felt

Ready to work with felt? See our favorite felt craft projects.

Comments (46)

  • Wow, what a fun idea! I'm definitely going to try it myself.

  • simply beauitful! love the design

  • dude I loooove that. you know me and green:) def go for the carpet.

  • Fabulous - - it has a very surreal aerial view feel. I'm seeing it mounted on a wall ... maybe as a headboard or a place to pin up notes, pictures, etc.

  • Competely, utterly, fantastic. (she says while eyeing the gazillion totes of felted wool in her workspace...)

  • Amazing- such possibilities. It reminds me of malachite or agate. Hang it- can see it better.

  • It would be still be great on your table. You could treat it like both a runner and a trivet!

  • That is so beautiful! I LOVE it. I'm so adding this to my list of stuff to do!

  • I could definitely understand being hesitant to step on it - it looks gorgeous!

    I say you should hang it up on a wall! Perhaps mount it on wood or some sort of board to give it a backdrop? You could even make others in other colors and have a whole series. (: I know that -I- would love having work like that on -my- wall!

  • love, Love, LOVE IT!

  • This is SO great! I'm definitely going to give this a try. I don't know if I'll make it to a full rug though, it may just be a trivet. Depends on how many times I burn my fingers. hehe

  • Wow, this is it - this is how I'm going to use my scrap felt fabrics! Thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic idea. I hate throwing away things that are still good, like felt fabric scraps. They are too little for donating to Salvations Army... So, this project is PERFECT!!

  • That is such a beautiful thing!!! It really does deserve to go on a wall. Like previous commenters mentioned, it does totally look like a slab of malachite. It also reminds me of a Huichol yarn painting! Nice work!!!!

  • I also think it looks like an aerial view of a landscape. Gorgeous colors--I'm a sucker for anything in greens!

    I would put it somewhere it can be seen but not walked on... it's too beautiful to tread upon!

  • THAT WOULD BE A NEAT IDEA FOR HOT PADS OR SMALL COASTERS. GREAT IDEA.

  • THIS is why I read this blog.
    Thank you again for sharing all this.

  • I ASK TO SHARE

  • what a great idea!!! I would most certainly use it as a rug,if that is what i made it for. A wall hanging would be nice also if that is the kind of art you like on your walls. I for one, don't have that personality. That's just me thou.
    I love the idea and will try it some time in the near future.

  • this is sooo amazing! i saw it on apartment therapy and am in love.

  • I just thought this might make a great wall hanging as a statement piece or maybe an accent in a child's room.

  • Wow, how beautiful. It reminds me of malachite see this link: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/05/Malachite_Zaire.jpg/120px-Malachite_Zaire.jpg I'd find a way to hang it; it is way to lovely to serve as a floor covering!

  • [...] fantastically graphic and colorful rug from Kristin Martha’s Crafts Department was made by hot gluing and rolling thinly cut strips [...]

  • This is a great project! I bet it would be super soft. And yes it would look great as a carpet!

  • Hang it up on the wall!!!

  • [...] You can see all the instructions and details here on The Crafts Dept blog [...]

  • Hang as art or use as a door mat if you don't want to continue with the carpet idea.

  • It's so cute!

  • [...] browsing around for craft ideas and general awesomeness, I found this: one Kristin St. Clair has made an entire doormat out of rolled and glued scraps of felt, and it looks super amazing. As my own collection of felt scraps grows ever larger, I thought this [...]

  • The log slice trivet is genius! I love it. And what a visually stunning mat you made! I certainly wouldn't want it stepped on. Can it be used as a bulletin board on a wall? I'm not sure if the texture would be right for that. But it definitely belongs on a wall. I like the idea of an aerial view garden wall hanging. Small rolls of felt in flower colors could cluster around the border and be attached to the surface in meandering fashion, as well as gray rolls to represent rocks.

  • Your large mat also reminds me of a pond surface. All it needs is lily pads.

  • [...] rubber (link is in Spanish). And then there’s my project that I started last night – a felt floor mat/area rug, in shades of gold and fuchsia. It also finally spurred me to buy three things I’d been [...]

  • [...] Recycled Paper Flowers from Maya Made. Yarn Pendant Lamp from Pickles. Felt Scraps Rug from the Crafts Dept. Fabric Paper Tape from Annekata. Little Urchin Sea Stone from Resurrection Fern for The Purl [...]

  • How thick were the strips you used and how do you branch out from the circle? I'm in the process of doing my own now and I could really use some tips!!!

  • Crafter Comment:

    The felt strips I used were 1/2" thick by however long (I cut up scraps). The design/shape is formed from the first strip's shape. So if you shape the first strip as a "V" you will get a heart look. You can make all different shapes and then simply glue them together and fill in the open spaces by coiling in more felt strips (basically doing reverse coiling). I hope that makes sense! Please let me know if I help in any other way!!

  • [...] I just FELT like crafting! - The Crafts Dept. [...]

  • [...] I just FELT like crafting! - The Crafts Dept. [...]

  • [...] Felt Scrap Rug [...]

  • I love the felt idea. Projects are endless.Maybe a scrap=multi trivit etc. Susan

  • [...] Originally found from a coaster idea, turned into a rug idea from Martha Stewart Crafts. [...]

  • Just saw this on Curbly's FB. It's lovely!

  • THANK you. I can't believe Martha Stewart, who admittedly has some fun ideas, came up with something so....well, you know what I mean. :)
    So, I particularly love this idea because I feel like it looks like agate or some other precipitate-formed rock (sorry about big words), and I'm a craft-loving geologist. So...I can totally see making one for my feet next to my sink...one next to my bed on the hardwood floor...one next to my sink, my...well, you get the idea. :)

  • oooh, sooo pretty! that deserves to be gazed at all day ... continue untill its the size of a table top and a glass sheet on top maybe?!

  • So beautiful! Thank you Martha and team for bringing this to us ...

  • [...] This craft idea comes from Martha Stewart’s site.   We love felt says Kristin St. Clair  thinks she speaks for all of us here  in the MS TV craft department where she works when she makes that statement. We use it so often—on all different kinds of craft projects—that we have amassed quite the collection of wool felts. All our felt is stored in plastic bins by color and take up a large portion of our fabric section. We keep one bin just for scraps labeled appropriately “felt bits”. That bin was depleted for a while when I went haywire on it back in August. What should have just stayed small, like the original idea below, just kept growing and growing. Before I knew it, I had used all our green felt and had more of a doormat than a trivet!  Everyone agreed that the time and money put into this “mat” was too much to just be stepped on, so it’s been sitting on a shelf for months now. Kristin was thinking maybe she should just go for it and make a full size carpet, what do you think? How stunning is this mat.  Find the original trivet tutorial on the same link. [...]

  • AWSOME!!!

    We have made a post on our blog about this amazing idea:

    http://todiyornottodiy.blogspot.pt/2013/05/tapete-de-tiras-de-feltro.html

    Thanks for all the inspiring ideas!

    TO DIY OR NOT TO DIY

  • This is so flipping beautiful. If you tell me this was handmade then there goes all my hoes of ever becoming an artist.

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