Craft Felt Jigsaw Puzzle

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing

sewing tutorial felt puzzle

Felt is so cheap and pretty easy to work with, and with my scraps I came up with a felt puzzle for Elliot to enjoy at church or in the car.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • pattern/shapes for the design
  • craft felt in various colors
  • Sharpie marker
  • fabric marking pencil or chalk wheel
  • scissors
  • crochet thread and needle
  • craft crazy eyeballs
  • glue gun
  • rotary ruler and cutter

Step 1 Trace and cut out pattern pieces with felt. I cut my design from the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge but you could use whatever designs you have (geometric shapes, letters, numbers, etc.) Your design should be big enough that each puzzle piece will have part of the design in it.

Step 2 Embellish individual elements of the design as needed – I gave my monkey and giraffe eyes with a hot glue gun and crazy eyeballs and mouths with red crochet thread and a needle.

Step 3 Edgestitch each piece to a whole sheet of felt.

sewing tutorial felt puzzle

Step 4 After all the pieces are sewn into place, turn it over and draw with a fabric pencil or chalk wheel where you’ll be cutting to make the puzzle pieces. I did square pieces, but you can do jigsaw shapes or whatever you want.

Step 5 Sew 1/4″ away from each line you just drew on both sides of the lines. I moved my needle as far as it would go to the left and then lined up my lines with the right side of my standard presser foot. Doing this will give each puzzle piece a stitched border, which you’ll need to keep the felt securely in place. Remember – you only stitched around the outline of each shape and you’ll be cutting them apart. This step will ensure that each piece is one flat layer.

sewing tutorial felt puzzle

Step 6 Cut into pieces along your lines with scissors or a rotary ruler and cutter. If you used crazy eyes or any other embellishment, make sure they are not in the path of your cutting lines. If anything is on a cuttingĀ  line, re-mark that line lightly on the front and cut around the embellishment.

sewing tutorial felt puzzle


As you can see, each puzzle piece has at least a little part of my design on it to make it easier to put together.

I have patterns cut out for a few more puzzles – I’ll share when I’m finished. Enjoy!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tricia @Night Owl mama February 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

so creative and lots of fun thanks for sharing

2 Kizzie February 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

Adorable! Did you cut the felt on your cricut, or just a paper pattern?

3 Dana February 25, 2010 at 10:45 am

Very cute!!

4 Kelsey February 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I cut a pattern out with my Cricut on cardstock and then traced with marker onto the felt. I don’t have a deep cut blade and I don’t think the regular one would cut felt, as it’s pretty thick. The old fashioned way works just great!

5 Amy February 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm

That’s such a darling idea! I’m always looking for quiet activities to use at church and this is perfect. Thanks!

6 Gina L. February 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I love this idea!! I can’t wait to make one for my daughter. Fantastic idea for church. I hope it turns out as cute as yours!

7 Richelle F February 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I LOVE this. So cute!

8 Gina L. March 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

So I cheated a little. I found a felt pillow at the dollar spot at Target with a monkey and bananas already on it. I took the stuffing out and followed your steps from there. Saved a bit of time but I think I will make one from scratch too.

9 Ashley September 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I love this! This might be something I can 1) handle without too much difficulty and 2) actually get done in the little time I have available for projects. I also really like Gina L’s “cheating” idea of using a pre-made pillow case or something similar. I’ll have to keep my eye out for bargain possibilities.

10 Shawna June 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

I love it! Thanks so much for your idea!

11 Anne G September 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

This is so adorable and makes me wish I were crafty!!! I’m going to have to see if I can somehow pull it off…

12 Joyce March 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

What age was this made for? I’m looking for ideas for my 1yr old grandson. Love the idea.

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