Cuteness may have a signature color - pink - and a signature animal - kittens and puppies - and even a signature shape - round. But does it have a signature fabric?
It sure does, and it's not lace or tulle or anything else found on a dancer's tutu. The favored fabric of hat makers of centuries past (and of course [conceptual artists]), felt is cute's signature material. The oldest known man-made fabric, prized for its durability and affordable manufacturing, felt has become the darling of the modern crafting scene. A quick search on Etsy for felt crafts turns up hundreds of entries. The hipster crafting vendor event [Felt Club] is even named after this material.
It's no surprise that felt has grown to such a status. Cheap and available in a rainbow of colors, it's easy to manipulate and can be sewn without the aid of a sewing machine, making it perfect for constructing dolls, [teeny plush cakes], and [palm-sized pets]. Felt brings up memories of childhood- felt puppets and cut-outs used in preschool play.
This mix of accessibility, ease of manipulation and nostalgia makes felt the cutest fabric material.