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How to Make Handmade Felt

Felt is made of wool that has been compressed with heat and agitation. Felt is very versatile and and requires only a minimum of equipment.

alpaca felt
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Felt is often used in children’s crafts. Felt can also be sewn into hats, clothing, pillows or other useful items. Making felt can be a fun afternoon activity for you and your kids.

You will need a flat surface to work on, one where it doesn’t matter if it gets wet. You will also need hot water, laundry soap, a straw beach mat, a few towels, and, of course, some wool.

In summer months, I make felt outdoors, in a kid’s swimming pool. You will need access to hot water. An electric kettle will work fine or a hose attached to your hot water tap. In winter, I make felt successfully in my bath tub.

When planning a project, remember that felt will shrink in size so you will need to make allowances for this. For example, a 24″ square will shrink about 20% to approx 20″ finished size.
To make a 20″ square piece of felt, you will need approx. 5 – 6 oz. of pure wool roving.

Here’s How

Free instructions for making felt, illustrated with photos.

Felt Boot Liners

Warm up your toes this winter, with woolly boot liners.

Following the directions for making felt, make a 15″ square piece. This will shrink to approx. 12′ square.

Trace the outline of your boots onto a piece of paper, and use this as a pattern for cutting your boot liner.

Felted Christmas Ornaments

Start with a piece of dry, handmade felt.

The felt can be cut into shapes – cookie cutters are useful for this.

Just like with the “store bought” kind, you can safely cut the felt. You can add decorative stitching around the felt pieces and embellish them with sequins, embroider with brightly coloured yarns or sew on some rick rack or other braiding.

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments

Felted Christmas Stocking

felted Christmas stocking

  • Make a piece of felt approximately 18″ square.
  • Cut 2 stocking shapes.
  • Machine stitch the 2 pieces together.
  • You can either leave the stocking as is, or decorate it with applique, decorative stitching or other embellishments.

Felted Placemats
Your children will have fun making their own personal place mat. Here’s how.

Felt Pillow
Make this heart pillow for Valentine’s Day.

Wool
Places to find fleece and wool roving.

Felt Resources
Links to other interesting sites about the craft of felting.

Trivia Question
What does “Mad as a Hatter” mean?

Christmas Craft Projects

Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Knitting Motif
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Felt making
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Beading
Christmas Knitting

Feltmaking Books

Feltmaking (The Art of Crafts)
Clear step-by-step instructions to make a series of projects, from beginner to masterclass and on the way you will learn about sheep and wool, the historical and anthropological background to feltmaking, and its mythology.
UK: Feltmaking

Felting – The Complete Guide
Combine painting and sculpture, wrap it up in the delightful texture of wool, and you have felting.
UK: Felting

Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques
How to make the cutest little miniature animals, using just a few simple tools and some wool roving.
UK: Little Felted Animals

.. more feltmaking books..

Feltmaking Crafts

Wool Roving

 

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Wistyria Editions 100% Wool Roving 12" Camel W818R

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Alpaca/Wool Roving:LAVENDER CONFETTI (jjfarm)Spin/Felt-4 oz Lots Hand Dyed/Made

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3 Skeins of Shanina Yarn by Gedifra. Chocolate Brown. Wool Blend. Bulky Weight.

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