Updated on March 11, 2023
DIY Felt Rainbow. Learn how to make a colorful felt rainbow decoration using your Cricut machine, felt, and Poly-Fil.
You all know I love to rainbow-tize all the things. (And no, rainbowtize is not a real word, but let’s just go with it.) Everything I can organize in rainbow order I do it. My craft supplies, pens, clothes, and sometimes even food.
It is an easy way to sort items. My craft room especially is overflowing with rainbow ordered goodness. But I didn’t have an actual rainbow anywhere in the room.
I have teamed up with Fairfield World for their 80th Birthday Celebration – 80 Days of Poly-Fil! Thank you to Fairfield World for sending me some Poly-Fil to use for this post.
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How to Make a DIY Felt Rainbow
Cut Felt Pieces with Cricut Maker and Rotary Blade
Start by opening up the file I designed in Cricut Design Space. I wanted to be able to layer each color of the rainbow, plus have some clouds on the bottom.
Cricut Design Space File: Felt Rainbow
Use the Cricut Maker to cut out all the felt pieces. I love the Cricut Felt for projects like this, but if you use the Maker and Rotary Blade, you can use almost any felt.
Click Make It. Choose Felt from the drop down menu of materials.
Click on Edit Tools, and choose Rotary Blade. You can cut felt with the fine point blade, but I find I get better results with the rotary blade and do not have to do any special prep to the felt.
Use the pink FabricGrip mat for this project. Make sure your felt is stuck down well on the mat and cut out all the pieces.
Note: You will notice I have one large red piece and one large purple piece in the picture. After I had the rainbow assembled, I realized a red backing would look better, so I cut a new piece.
The white felt for the clouds was actually some glitter felt I had on hand from the craft store and it cut out just as well as the thinner Cricut felt.
Sew Felt Rainbow Together
Now, it is time to sew. You can use any color thread, but I didn’t want to switch out the thread in between each layer, so I used clear. A metallic thread would also work well.
Start with the small purple piece and sew it to the blue using your sewing machine and a wide straight stitch.
Next sew the blue felt to the green, and so on until the front rainbow pieces are all attached. Use pins or clips to hold the pieces together as you go.
Now, attach the front red rainbow to the solid red piece. Stitch the two layers together in the same way that you did the other colors for the top edge.
To stitch the bottom edge, carefully lift the other layers away from the red felt and stitch the two pieces of red felt together close to the edge. Leave the bottom two flat edges open to stuff.
Use Poly-Fil to stuff the rainbow. Then sew the edge closed.
My clear thread was too thin to sew all the thick layers, so I ended up using regular white thread to stitch the bottom of each rainbow side closed.
Next, sew around the bottom edges of each cloud to attach two cloud shapes together. Leave the top open to fill and attach to the rainbow.
Add a small amount of Poly-Fil to the cloud and then pin it to the bottom of the rainbow. The rainbow should be sandwiched between the front and back cloud pieces.
Carefully stitch the top edge of the cloud closed to attach it to the rainbow.
This rainbow is so fun and makes me so happy! It is a bright little spot that will make my craft room even more colorful. You could easily add a ribbon to the backside to hang this cutie on the wall.
This craft is part of 80 Days of Poly-Fil to celebrate their 80th Birthday! Be sure to check the Fairfield World to see all the other fun Poly-Fil projects being shared.
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