Aunique and inimitable dress, an original gift or a Christmas decoration that smells of childhood… All this is possible with the felt, material that will allow us to create special designs and simple, like puppets, dolls, flowers, key chains, but also bags, clothes and many other beautiful objects. Let’s find out right away how to do!
Recalls childhood flavors, it vibrates as a reminder vintage: the pannolenci – some, indeed a few, also said Lenci cloth -, a non-woven cloth, very warm and soft, ideal for DIY creations, from flowers to clothing passing through the Christmas decorations.
Not surprisingly, the inventor of pannolenci, the company Lenci, he developed this material to manufacture dolls of artistic merit. For which the pannolenci was just right: not a question of a real fabric, the pannolenci does not fray when cut or discarded. So even the less experienced can enjoy using it without losing sight of its edges or seams finishing.
The pannolenci, also in economic terms, is thus within the reach of all of us, and you can buy in specialized haberdashery, hobby shops, lining materials and fabrics or online.
Let’s go now to see when and how to use the pannolenci and what are the main differences compared to the felt. Ready to become creative tubes?
1.Felt or pannolenci? Here is what is the difference
The pannolenci is free of warp and weft, and is achieved thanks to felting of some fibers, generally of carded wool from sheep or goat hair mohair.
The felt some respects is similar to pannolenci: is not a tissue and is produced in turn by felting of fibers; in this case not only you use the carded wool sheep, but any type of hair, from the hare to the beaver, goat from the rabbit through the camel.
The felt generally is thicker and harder than the felt, and is therefore suitable for packaging items that are in need of some support; it is very much used by the people of the North, which create with felt carpets, bags or boots, and the Asian nomads even use it to coat the houses, making them waterproof.
The main difference between felt and pannolenci is therefore in consistency: the pannolenci is much lighter and softer than the felt, which is rather thick and rigid, so the choice will be made on the basis of what we want to achieve with the one or with the ‘other material.
The pannolenci, given its softness and lightness, can also be stitched – by hand or machine, if you need it – with ease, unlike felt, however, that it also has a price greater than the pannolenci (although much depends on the quality of materials ).
2. Where do we start to pack creations pannolenci? To be a star!
To begin to realize our creations in pannolenci we will, of course, the pannolenci. As said, we can buy in haberdashery or specialized shops: we can find sheets of different sizes, in many different colors and thicknesses, as for example 1 millimeter, 1.5 or 3 millimeters.
If the choice of the color varies according to personal taste, the size and thickness must be calibrated in light of creation that we are about to accomplish. The expert will not need any advice in this regard, but those who are beginners can find on newsstands ad hoc magazines or take advantage of hundreds of tips on the web.
We, for our part, we explain how to proceed with a first creation in pannolenci: a star keychain, easy and impactful.
Here are the steps to follow:
- We unload the paper patterns from the Internet or draw or certainly follow on a piece of paper the shape of a star;
- We report the outline of two sheets of felt – 1 mm thick, color and size as you like depending on those we want the key chain – with a normal pen and cut out;
- Take a ribbon fabric about 5/6 centimeters long, pieghiamolo in two and sew the open end to one of the two stars, who will act as the back, being careful not pass pannolenci and then to no end with the thread on the back of the star;
- At the other star point we apply a decorative button if you want;
- We overlap front and back and cuciamole with a decorative stitch (chain stitch, point knots, running stitch or stitch), taking care to leave a little ‘free space to insert the padding;
- Insert of synthetic wadding padding helping his finger or with a pen;
- We finish the seam.
We can assure you that it is much easier to do than to say, and in a few minutes we’ll have our little star custom keychain pannolenci!
3. Flowers DIY pannolenci!
Having overcome the initial obstacle, we can proceed to more complex creations in pannolenci like flowers. We can realize the many types: two colors to multicolor, from those with petals and leaves down to whole bouquet.
To create a flower in pannolenci pretty simple we follow the following steps:
- We take the sheets in pannolenci of colors that we prefer from 1mm thick;
- We use the patterns of the preferred form, the contours on tracciamone pannolenci with a pen and cut out six flowers;
- Fold each flower in half and then in half again, focusing on a hot dot of glue to hold together what will be our petal;
- Cut out a circle in pannolenci that will be the basis of our flower;
- With the hot glue to “weld” four petals to the circular base and the creation thus obtained, we overlap the last two petals, alternating colors.
But here is a lot of other creations to be realized in pannolenci and any suggestions for clothing and accessories.
4. Clothing and accessories in pannolenci
Among all the creations in pannolenci, the clothes are certainly those from more flavor vintage. The pannolenci was in fact used in clothing in the years sixties and seventies, or even in more recent times for carnival outfits, but the fact remains that today you can wear very original garments pannolenci: skirts (also reversible), vests, hats, capes, or accessories such as bags, rings and even slippers.
Contrary to what we might think, make clothes and accessories in pannolenci, except in special cases, it is not difficult at all: everything is to practice and to obtaining the right patterns. In this way we will be safer to wear unique clothes without fear of meeting someone with our same dress!
Did you enjoy our little excursus on pannolenci? Some of us in the newsroom are becoming very respectable, even stimulated by friends and acquaintances who have made creations in pannolenci sold in markets or on the web a second, small, work!
Meanwhile, we leave you with this gallery, with 10 creations in pannolenci from which you can get ideas…
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