I've been meaning to write a blog post about this ever since I closed up my felt shop in the spring, and here is is September already (where does the time go??). Better late than never, right?
I've stuck to (mostly) UK-based shops for this list as they're the ones I shop from, but I think most of these suppliers ship internationally. Lots of these shops also sell other craft supplies like felt beads, brooch clasps, embroidery threads, ribbons pins, etc, but this post is all about the felt, baby!
Please note: some of these shops are / have been my blog sponsors, but this list is not sponsored by anyone. It's just a round-up of lots of felt shops I've bookmarked over the years plus personal recommendations for some shops I've bought from in the past and some brands of felt I've used and loved.
Synthetic felt is usually washable (although it may pill with repeated washes) and cheaper than wool blend or 100% wool felt. Synthetic felt can vary in quality and I know some crafters wouldn't dream of using it but there are some quality brands out there.
I'm a big fan of the synthetic felt sold at Love Paper Fish / Fuzzy Fish. This felt is great! It's super smooth, comes in some fun colours - like neon pink - and is perfect for cutting out small or intricate shapes. I use a lot of this felt in my own sewing (and I sold small squares of it in my shops for a while, too), especially the black and white for cutting out eyes and tiny pupils.
|Acrylic Felt from Fuzzy Fish|
I also sometimes buy synthetic felt from Hobbycraft - this is basic craft felt, the sort of thing you think of when you think of "synthetic felt" but it's cheap, comes in some nice colours and definitely has its uses. I often use this felt when making larger items (like masks or felt crowns) where I need the design to have some structure to it.
|Felt Sheets from Hobbycraft|
Recycled Synthetic Felt
I also sometimes use recycled felt - this is eco friendly felt made by Kunin from recycled plastic bottles. This felt is machine washable and comes in some interesting mottled colours as well as the usual synthetic shades.
|Recycled Felt bought by me a few years ago|
Unfortunately the online shop I used to buy it from closed down, but you can buy Kunin felt from lots of UK-based shops ...
The Felted Rainbow (I've bought felt from these guys before and had great, friendly service)
The Craft Department
And Rainbow Silks, who also sell some of the colours by the metre
Wool Blend Felt - 30% Wool
As many of you will know, I used to sell wool blend felt in my shops. The 30% wool felt comes in a wide range of gorgeous colours including some soft pastel shades which are really hard to find in synthetic ranges.
|Felt bundles I used to sell in my shops|
Wool blend felt is a great way to get some of the colour range, softness and quality you get with 100% wool felt but at a more affordable price. I also find that working with 100% wool felt irritates my skin after a while (just like wool sweaters do) but I've never had a problem working with the blended felt.
|My old felt colour chart!|
There are a few shops that sell the same range of wool blend felt that I used to - although their colour names will be slightly different, if you're looking for a shade you used to buy from me you should be able to find it here!
The Felt Fairy
|Wool Blend Felt from The Felt Fairy|
The Dizzy Izzy Shop
|Wool Blend Felt from The Dizzy Izzy Shop|
And Pixie Rose.
If you're looking for large quantities of felt you can also try my former wholesaler, Bits and Bats (n.b. they have a minimum order and only ship within the UK).
Other Wool Blend Felt
Fuzzy Fish sells wool felt in some lovely muted colours, with 30-70% wool content depending on the shade. Fuzzy Fish is run by one of my crafty friends, she's a lovely lady and her customer service is always great.
|Wool Blend Felt from Fuzzy Fish|
Paper & String sells 40% wool felt, plus sewing thread that's been chosen to match each shade (so useful!). I've not bought felt from Paper & String before, but the other supplies I've ordered from them have been great and arrived super quick.
|Wool Blend Felt from Paper & String|
100% Wool Felt
Sometimes, only 100% wool felt will do!
Most of the 100% wool felt I use is bought from Myriad Natural Toys & Crafts. Their wool felt is pretty gorgeous stuff - smooth and buttery and available in a great range of colours. They also sell organic and plant-dyed wool felt.
|100% Wool Felt from Myriad Natural Toys & Crafts|
Blooming Felt sell three different thicknesses of of 100% wool felt - 1mm felt, 1.5mm woven felt, and 4mm fairtrade felt. I've not bought felt from Blooming Felt before, but I have bought some of their other fab craft supplies and they arrived very quickly.
|100% Wool Felt from Blooming Felt|
Wool Finch Studio (based in Ireland) sells 5mm thick needle felt - I've bought some of this felt before and it's lovely stuff, two-toned and very thick.
|Needle Felt from Wool Finch Studio|
I've also seen 100% wool felt for sale in the following UK-based online shops:
Wool Felt Company
Patterned / Printed Felt
Patterned felt is awesome but can be hard to find. Here are some of the patterned felt sources I've spotted online...
Hobbycraft sell some felt with large spots, and other patterned felt, like this camouflage design and assorted animal prints.
|Patterned Felt from Hobbycraft|
Paper & String sell sheets of polkadot felt:
|Polkadot Felt from Paper & String|
The Craft Department sell a selection of patterned felt sheets...
|Patterned Felt from The Craft Department|
... as do Craft Etc.
|Patterned Felt from Craft Etc|
Finally, ILOVEFelt88 (an Etsy shop based in Taiwan) sells a range of felt printed with polkadots, hearts and stars. I know Taiwan is nowhere near the UK but I thought this shop was worth including in my round-up as this felt has been on my crafty wishlist for ages (and small scale prints like these are sooo hard to find!)
|Patterned Felt from ILOVEFelt88|
Phew, that's quite a lot of felt!
I'll try and keep this post updated if I buy felt from any of these shops, or discover any new suppliers :)
Have you shopped at any of these stores? Do you have other beloved felt suppliers you can recommend? What kind of felt is your favourite to craft with? Do leave a comment and let us know!