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Ancient wisdom advises not to judge a book by its cover, but in the case of Felties by Nelly Pailloux, the sheer adorableness you see on the cover is very much indicative of what’s inside. Squares of felt always invoke images of grade school art class for me, and Pailloux has a way of taking this classic to the next level while still maintaining simplicity and approachability. She clearly has a knack for creating designs that tug at your heartstrings and are all the while modern and stylized.
There are 18 “cute and fuzzy friends” total, each with a personality and charm all its own. The introduction to the book teaches any stitches you’ll need in the book, with helpful illustrations. The first page of each project has the template pieces drawn out, and you trace and cut them out to make your pattern. The instructions are clear and simple, with room for personalization. One of my favorite patterns has the be the Polar-roo, pictured on the cover, complete with pouch and baby polar bear. Other favorites include Sleepy Fox, Pensive Rabbit, Sailor Puppy, Mummy Cat, Retro Alien, Pirate Mouse, Mushroom Girl, and of course Hoodie Wolf:

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Rin@sewinlove says:

    My favourite is the Polar-roo as well. I also love the Sailor Puppy. I’ve written a book review on Felties as well: