Here is one way you can finish your punch needle design, using a felt backing. This is good for ornies or little designs you wish to ???stand alone??? after they are complete.
Remove the finished design from the hoop/frame. Cut fabric all the way around the design, to about a half inch from the punches.
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Then snip into the fabric at intervals; be careful not to snip the punches.
Cut a piece of felt a little bigger than the original pattern piece.
Turn the design over and fold down an edge of the weaver???s cloth where you snipped; place the felt over that folded edge.
Put a whip stitch in, and ???feed??? the fabric in between the design and felt as you go, working around the whole piece. If the felt is too big, you can clip it where it is too big, making sure it is still round and covers the backing of the punched piece.
The finished product will not be misshapen if you cut this correctly, and it makes it fit to the project.
Your finished piece will look like this:
I hope this helps you out with your punchneedle projects!
Tutorial submitted by Sue Kennen