Felt Crafting Helps Close Recycling Loop – Eco-friendly Felt and 3 Starter Projects

In the Fabulous Fabric series you have already been tipped off that Hart’s Fabrics carries recycled felt as does Felt-o-rama.  It is also widely available at Joanns, Hobby Lobby, and Walmart.

  • Three Sneaky Bugs shows us how to turn an empty frame into a Felt Story Board.  Repurpose a frame you already have or find one at a thrift store.
  • Make Felt Flower Hairpins with Bugs and Fishes by Lupin.  These would also be great brooches to adorn your purse, jacket, or to give as a gift.

Now if only you could take 10 plastic bottles into the fabric store and swap them for a pound of felt!

Written by Jackie Hernandez

I am a work-at-home mom busy chasing after my son and establishing my eco-business, Tiny Décor. I also write the Tiny Décor Blog aimed at modern parents trying to go green for their kids. Tiny Décor has allowed me to turn a passion for sewing, craft, and environmentalism into a business. Blog writing has become an outlet for me to share my experiences going green, being a parent, and loving the planet.


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  1. “Fabrics made from Eco-fi fiber are chemi-
    cally and functionally nearly identical to
    those made from non-recycled fabrics. The
    difference is that Eco-fi fiber is made with-
    out depleting the Earth’s natural resources.”

    Unfortunately, the extent of the eco-friendliness here is limited to the recycling of plastic bottles into new material. It is still better than buying regular polyester felt.

    To learn more about Eco-fi Fiber, here is the brochure:

  2. Man, you’re getting off easy, Jackie. When I posted an ode to this same stuff a couple of months ago in “Wool Comes from Sheep, and I’m Cheap,” one of my commentors called me a Very. Bad. Word.

    I’m of the opinion that recycled acrylic felt is way better even than 100% wool felt, unless you’re sure that wool felt did not come from factory farmed sheep.

    See why I got called a bad word?

  3. But it’s still plastic right? I personally just don’t like working with acrylic too see through and it fuzzes so easily. I get my 100% wool felt from american felt and craft and they are very picky about the people they buy from and it it’s eco friendly to boot!

  4. It’s wonderful to see this recycled felt being promoted so well. Great article!

    We had real trouble finding it in the UK when we wanted it, so we started a company selling it. If any other UK crafters are having similar trouble, hopefully we can help out! =)

  5. Who in the world factory-farms sheep? That’s crazy. It’s easier to just let them graze, and probably better for the wool as well.

    That said, if you’re really itchy (ha ha) about using wool for the “animal exploitation” angle (yawn–try being a sweatshop worker, *that* is exploitation), you could try sourcing used wool sweaters at thrift shops. There are instructions all over the Internet for felting wool sweaters, and then you can use it in any felt crafts you like.

    FYI, wool and alpaca are still unsurpassed for keeping people warm in harsh climates–and remember, synthetic fibers come from petroleum. We’re better off getting more sheep out on the grass and drilling less in the Arctic. It is not like all that oil’s going into automobiles.

    But yes, I like Eco-fi. And yep, JoAnn carries it. 🙂

    • There are a lot of social and environmental issues when it comes to producing pretty much anything, and being flip and condescending is not going to change anyone’s mind. This investigative report goes into the problems with sheep factory farming for the wool industry:


      I’m sorry that you find animal cruelty and the environmental issues that surround factory farming such a “yawn.” I do not believe that one problem cancels out the other like you seem to be saying. You could also say “sweatshops? Yawn…try being a child slave in the chocolate industry.”

  6. Great article thank you! Any advice on recycling felt projects *after* their life as a stuffed animal? Would love to keep closing the loop 🙂

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