Linen: why choose it?

Linen is one of the most resistant fabrics ever, composed of about 70% of cellulose, a very high percentage that allows you to strengthen the fibers. Its history is very ancient.

towels made of terry cloth

Terry fabric: characteristics and types

Terry cloth is one of the most widely used household linen items. It’s the kind of material that generally makes bathrobes, towels and towels that we use after the bath or shower, so it’s basically meant to dry. In fact, the terry cloth is called so precisely for its ability to absorb large amounts of water.

uses of felt

The thousand uses of felt, versatile and practical fabric

Felt is a fabric made of animal hair, usually it is carded sheep’s wool, but it can be made of any other type of hair. Let’s discover, together with Manifattura Foderami Cimmino, the characteristics of felt and the different ways to use it!

Felt cannot be defined as fabric, because it is produced by felting of the fibers, in fact it is defined as a non-woven fabric (TNT). Therefore, the spinning, warping or weaving process does not take place. The fibres are wet with warm water, soaked with soap, beaten, rubbed and pressed until they are felted, by mechanical and chemical processes.
Thefelting is progressive and irreversible and makes this compact layer particularly warm and waterproof. The traditional felt is the color of the hair used, but you can also produce colored wool using specially dyed wool.

felt fabric

This material, whose best known use is that related to theproduction of hats, is actually used since ancient times in many crafts and not only. It is said to be the first man-made fabric. Its origins date back to the third millennium B.C. and was used by the Greeks and Romans to make clothes, headdresses and cloaks. In fact, the name probably derives from the city of Feltre, the town of the Roman Empire that was famous for the fulling of wool and the trade of felted fabrics. The sheep, a domesticated animal already in prehistoric times, has a fleece composed of both wool and giarre, that is, robust and bristly hairs that serve the animal to protect itself.

Felting can also take place through the needle-punching process, a particular vertical movement of the needles that makes the fibers more compact. Its characteristics are: water repellency, resistance to both lower and higher temperatures and softness to the touch. The overlapping of several layers of veil will give this fabric a certain consistency that can be increased with resination or thermo-fixation processes, typical of the textile industry. Artisanal or industrial, the felting process affects the flakes on the surface of the fiber.

In the 19th century, “wearing felt” was equivalent to “wearing a hat”; nowadays, on the other hand, carpets, bags, slippers, blankets and much more are also produced with felt. Let’s find out in detail all the different uses of felt!

colored felt sheets

What can I do with felt?

To create objects and decorations with feltyou need very few things, combined with a dose of imagination, patience and a pinch of manual skill. It also depends on what you do.
Depending on the case, tools will be useful to cut and work felt, such as a pair of scissors, hot glue or the traditional “needle and thread”, and possibly paper patterns, as in all sewing creations. If you want to make felt cushions or dolls, you also need padding, perhaps with wadding.

Manifattura Foderami Cimmino has selected some types of felt that find different uses: from the creation of simple covers to the packaging of costumes for various events, such as Christmas and Carnival, through the creation of accessories and decorations. Let’s see together what they are!

Feltro Sottocollo

This type of fabric is mainly used forlining and interfacing. The interfoder helps to control the movements of the outer fabric, protecting it during the washing and ironing cycles, while the lining helps to improve shape and fit. Specifically, the fabric in question is nothing more than a wool and viscose blend undercoat support that has the ability to give the collar shape and support.


Colored Felt

This type of felt, as the name suggests, is available in many varieties of color: lemon yellow, yellow ocher, orange, forest green, light blue, white, cream, pink, red, brown, blue, acid green, black, beige, gray, blue, ice, smoke and burgundy. The wide range of colors lends itself well to hobby and craft work, for the realization of patchwork and decorations in general.
The versatility of this felt makes it particularly suitable also in packaging clothes for special events, Carnival and Cosplay.

Make Glitter Extra Cloth

It is a glittered felt, suitable for various types of creative sewing, especially for the realization of Christmas and Easter crafts, events and private parties, Carnival dresses, decorations, puppets, accessories and various applications. This is also available in different colors: black, red, blue, pink, green and white.


Cloth Make Glitter

Glittered felt, used for various types of creative sewing, Christmas and Easter crafts, events and parties, Carnival dresses, decorations, accessories and various applications. On the 100% Polyester felt cloth, available in different colors, glitter silver stars appear.

Panno Best

It is a very thin felt in solid color, suitable for various types of creative sewing. Like the Glitter Make Cloth and the Extra Glitter Make Cloth, it lends itself to various interpretations and processes.


Color Felt

A felt with a wide range of solid colors (among those already mentioned above), ideal for hobbies, crafts, patchwork and decorations in general. It can also be used to make small accessories, such as bags and cases.

What’s the difference between felt and pannolenci?

Many people wonder what is the difference between felt and pannolenci. In a strictly technical sense we can say none, as both are obtained by felting the raw sheep’s wool, although in recent times these fabrics are also processed from other fibers.

Compared to felt, pannolenci has a much more recent history: it was invented in 1919 by the company Lenci, specialized in games for children, who made dolls with cloth clothes.

The only difference between the two is in the thickness: higher for the felt and much thinner for the pannolenci. The stiffness of the felt allows for solid structures such as bags and hats, while the pannolenci is softer and malleable. The latter lends itself well, for example, in making clothes for dolls, in making dolls or decorations to enrich our products.

Are you ready to test your creativity? Discover now the proposals of felt fabric by Manifattura Foderami Cimmino and choose this versatile and surprising material!

panno sublimatik

Cloth Sublimatik: novelties for hobbying and decorations

Cimmino’s catalogue presents a new fabric, Panno Sublimatik: a lightweight needle punch with patterned prints, used for creative hobbies, patchwork and decorations, as well as the creation of small accessories such as bags and cases. Needle punched fabric is a type of felt formed with very thin threads pressed together, composed mainly of synthetic fibers (in this case 100% polyester) and obtained through a special mechanical needle treatment. It is therefore a non-woven fabric (TNT), that is, with a texture similar to a fabric but obtained with processes other than weaving (weft and warp crossing by loom) and knitting. Its characteristics are: resistance to both lower and higher temperatures and a particular softness to the touch. This type of fabric is safe and environmentally friendly, so ideal for making children’s creations. For example, you can make beautiful dream catchers for the fabric cradle. Each fabric does not fade and is easy to work with.

panno sublimatik beige

How to make patchwork accessories with the Sublimatik Cloth

Sewing is a creative art and one of its greatest expressions is reflected in patchwork, an American technique that consists in the combination of multiple fabrics of different textures and colors. Among the various styles of the patchwork technique there is the biscuit, also called “puff patchwork”, with which to make soft creations such as pillows. Everything you need can be summarized in: a sewing machine, pins, scissors, a neutral fabric of white color, four or more fabrics of different patterns and colors, cotton wool for stuffing.

Sublimatik cloth can be ordered in the colors of pink, light blue, lilac, beige and yellow. The available patterns are particularly suitable for children: we have patterns in hearts, polka dots, with stars and bows.

The colored fabric should be cut into squares of equal size, depending on your taste: they can be 10×10 cm or 12×12 cm. Pins should be placed at the upper corners of the colored fabric and at the lower corners of the white fabric: form small folds in the middle of each of the 3 sides on 4 of each square and Fermatele with a pin. Sew these 3 sides with the sewing machine making sure to leave at least 3 mm as the seam allowance. Insert the wadding in the side of the square left free and sew it also.