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This needlecraft kit marks the first Dimensions craft kit on Needlework Kits. So far, all the kits featured on this blog are from Bucilla. Today's post is my official review of the Bumble Felt Applique kit. I'll be sharing my experience making this kit and important information you need to know as you make this needlecraft kit.
First ImpressionsWhen I saw the kit, I knew this needlecraft kit would be completely different from the ones Bucilla offers. It is clear Dimensions wanted to make a kit beginners could do as well as experienced sewers. While Bucilla craft kits require people to sew individual elements to create one design, Dimensions just prints the designs onto fabric.
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It was clear the biggest challenge for this kit would be the light strand. I've never used yarn in any felt applique kits and wasn't sure how I'd be able to attach the yarn to the felt piece. I've seen other Bucilla kits do something similar on other needlecraft kits. These kits didn't use yarn but instead several strands of thread together to form the light strands.
This is one of my favorite needlecraft kits because it reminded me of all the times my family would watch the 1964 holiday special. My family used to watch this special every day during the holiday season when I was younger. When I saw this needlecraft kit on Amazon, I knew I had to make this kit.
What is inside this kit?Once Bumble is completed, he is 15 inches tall. Dimensions is similar to Bucilla by providing almost everything you need to make him. Inside the needlecraft kit, you will find all the felt pieces. Dimensions has the images stamped on all the felt pieces. There will be holes along the edge of each piece to help guide you with your stitches as you put Bumble together.
Besides the felt pieces, the kit includes all the thread you'll need, yarn for the light strand, and even a small package of polyster fiber fill. Dimensions doesn't include a diagram, but they do provide detailed directions which outline every step you need to make Bumble. They tell you what stitches and color thread to use. The directions even include a threading strip at the bottom when you need to thread the yarn through the needle.
The only things you need are scissors and pins. You can also use a needle threader if you like. I also used a ruler and a plastic grocery bag. I recommend keeping some extra polyster fiberfill on standby just in case you need any. I didn't use the polyster fiber fill included in the kit. Instead I used the leftover polyster fiber I bought for the Egg Wreath needlecraft kit.
Where can I buy this kit?One google search for this needlecraft kit will give you over 1 million search results, but I recommend checking out two places to get this craft kit. First is Amazon. Amazon has a wide selection of different brand name needlecraft kits. This kit is still in stock. Click the link below to buy the kit from Amazon.
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Originally this needlecraft kit was available on the Simplicity website for people to purchase. Simplicity manufactures all the Dimensions craft kits and has a selection their website. However this kit is no longer available. Besides Amazon, your next best bet for finding this needlecraft is eBay. A few sellers have this kit available to purchase.
Putting It All Together!Although I encourage you to read the directions for all the needlecraft kits I review, I strongly encourage you to read the directions for this kit very carefully as well as looking at the images included in the instructions. Dimensions gives a lot more details in their instructions in order to help beginners if they get stuck. When I worked on this kit, I frequently read over the instructions and even used the packaging for reference.
If you are a beginner, I also recommend checking out the diagram Dimensions include in the instructions about the specific stitches used for this kit. This diagram shows beginners how to do these stitches as well as providing steps to doing each stitch. These directions might not be very clear at times so make sure you supplement these instructions with videos from YouTube. There are tons of crafters which break down many of the stitches often seen in craft kits.
The first thing you'll be putting together in this kit is Bumble himself. This is the easier part of the kit because it is just attaching pieces together. This means putting the hair piece on the front piece then sewing the front and back together. Before you sew the feet together, you'll be adding the polyster fiber fill. Unlike Bucilla kits, Dimensions provides holes in the felt pieces to guide you as you sew. Just follow along with the holes for the different stitches.
Once Bumble is finished, it is time to do the light strand. This is where I struggled during this kit. The biggest issue I had was using the threading strip to thread the yarn for the needle. I easily broke the threading strip included in the kit. I ended up going through several threading strips just to finish the entire strand of lights.
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Instead of using the threading strip, you can substitute the yarn with six strands of gray embroidery thread. The thread will be much easier to thread through the needle vs the yarn. If you still want to use the yarn, fold over the wrong side of each light bulb over the yarn then follow the rest of the directions for sewing the back of the light bulbs. This does mean time, but I would take that over all the time I spent trying to thread the yarn through the needle.
The instructions show you how to make four light strands. I followed the packaging for how I did my lights, but feel free to do the light bulbs anyway you like. Before you start attaching the yarn, play around with the light strands. The directions want you to wrap the yarn around the back of Bumble, but you can cut the yarn to make each of the light strands. I chose to cut my yarn into four separate strands then just tack them in place with a few stitches of grey thread.
ConclusionDimensions Bumble Felt Applique needlecraft kit is a great kit for beginners getting started into sewing or kids. The hole guidelines are great for helping those trying to learn the basics. This is a great first project for anyone interested in sewing by hand or learning how to sew. I recommend buying this kit if you are looking for a fun project to do with a kid or you just enjoy the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer holiday special.
What did you think of this needlecraft kit? Share your tips in the comments. If there are any needlecraft kits you'd like to see, let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to make it happen.