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Wet Felting Project – Felted Cushion Cover

This is a project to felt and sew a hand felted cushion cover.

Felted Pillow Cover
Felted Pillow Cover

Materials used:
Wool roving for making felt
approx 1 yard of cotton fabric
16 inch zipper
19 inch pillow form

Hand made Felt
To make the felt top for this pillow, I made a large piece of felt approx 24 inches square. During the felting process the felt will shrink about 15%-30%.
I don’t like to waste wool, so I use the leftover thrums from carding for making felt. This comes from the fleece that is left on the drum carder and isn’t a good enough quality for hand spinning.
I placed a thin layer of the leftover wool onto the felting mat. I then added a second layer of gray wool roving over the wool thrums, laying the fiber in the opposite direction. I added a third thin layer of gray roving over the previous layer, again in the opposite direction.
I wet the wool with warm water and soap and rolled it up in a felting mat.
For more detailed instructions of how to make a piece of felt please see below.

Wet Felting thrums
Wet Felting thrums

After the wool was felted, the completed felt piece measured approx 19-20 inches square.
I cut 2 pieces of cotton fabric approx 2 inches larger than the felted piece.

Wet Felting Pillow
Wet Felting Pillow

I stitched the felt piece to one of the cotton fabric pieces close to the edge of the felt. I want to leave the outer edges of the handmade felt as a border on the pillow.
I sewed a second row of stitching about 1 inch inside of the outer edge, to create a border to the pillow.

Wet Felted Pillow cover
Wet Felted Pillow cover

I folded and pinned the outer edges of the felt to the inside, to prevent them from being sewn as I sewed the backing onto the pillow.
Wet Felted Pillow Cover
Wet Felted Pillow Cover

Right sides together I pinned the fabric for the pillow back to the pillow front.
I sewed one of the seams together and added a zipper.

Felted Pillow Cover
Felted Pillow Cover

After adding the zipper, I sewed the remaining 3 sides of the pillow together.
Turn the cushion cover right side out, remove all the pins and insert the pillow.
Time to put your feet up and enjoy!

Felted Pillow Cover
Felted Pillow Cover

Felt Making
How to Make Felt
Valentine Felt Pillow
How to Make Handmade Felt
Felted Place Mats

How to Sew a Zipper
Threads: How to Sew a Zipper
Sewing 101 – Zippers

Felt Making Books
Art in Felt & Stitch: Creating beautiful works of art using fleece, fibres and threads
Felting Fabulous Flowers: 30 Stunning Designs
Uniquely Felt

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Santa suit

In the previous article I provided instructions for knitting a Santa doll.
Knit Santa Doll
Knit Santa doll

Santa needs a Santa suit, so I thought that I would make him one from handmade felt.

I started by felting a fairly thin piece of red felt (approx 15″x15″ Square)

red handmade felt

Felt Making

How to Make Handmade Felt

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Santa’s Trousers
After felting I cut a piece of this felt that was wide enough to fit around Santa’s tummy, and long enough to fit his legs. Then I cut partly up the center of the piece of felt – to fit around his legs.
Santa Felted Pants
I hand stitched around the cut piece with a length of wool yarn, to strengthen the edges.

Santa's felt trousers

I then hand sewed the legs together with red wool yarn.

Santa’s Jacket

From the remaining red felt, I cut a slit into the fabric and a small oval for the neckline.
Sewing Santa suit

I fitted this around the Santa doll and then cut away small sections to shape the sleeves.
I hand stitched the sides and sleeves together.

Then I needle felted a trim around Santa’s jacket using white merino roving.

Santa Hat

With remaining bits of the red felt I cut a triangle shape for his hat and then needle felted some white merino wool for the brim of his hat.

felting Santa hat

Santa’s Boots

I hand spun a few ounces of black Shetland wool for knitting the Santa boots. You can use any pure wool yarn. The boots are knitted in a similar fashion to Santa’s legs.

Cast on 13 stitches
Knit 6 rows stocking stitch

Shape Feet
21 WS – k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1
22 RS – purl
23 WS – k8, m1, k1, m1, k8
24 RS – purl
25 WS – k9, m1, k1, m1, k7, turn, do not work remaining stitches on left hand needle
26 RS – sl 1, purl 16, turn
27 WS – sl1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k6, turn
28 RS – sl 1, p 14, turn
29 WS – sl 1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k3, turn
30 RS sl1, p8, turn
31 WS – sl 1, knit to end of row
Cast off.

Fit the boots around Santa’s feet and sew up the seams.

Needle felt a bit of wool fleece for his hair and beard. Then attach his hat to his head lightly with a bit of needle felting.

Santa on Etsy
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Christmas Crafts Books

Artful Christmas: 30 Elegant Craft Projects
Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!
Knit a Vintage Christmas: 22 Stocking, Ornament, and Gift Patterns from Christmas Past
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings: Classic Designs to Knit for the Holiday

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Japanese Kimono

About Japanese kimonos, patterns and how to sew a kimono.

Foxfibre kimono

Textile Museum of Canada
Kimono exhibit

Obi Sash

kimono

Clothing Patterns from the Weaving Room
A book filled with patterns you can sew easily with your handwoven fabrics.

How to Make a Kimono
Claire Shayhan gives instructions for sewing a kimono.

Japanese Style Sewing Patterns
Quarter coats, cocoon style, origami.

Kimono Nishigin
A Japanese kimono shop site with lovely examples of kimono, obi,t abi, hakama, hanten.

Kimono Coat
From Threads, how to design a kimono coat.

Sewing Yukuta
Instructions for sewing Yukuta – unlined kimono.

Sewing Books: Kimono

Making Kimono and Japanese Clothes
Kimonos for men, women, and children; mompe, the traditional trousers worn by both sexes; the short versions of kimono known as hippari and jimbei; and waistcoats, including a child’s chan-chanko.
UK:Making Kimono

The Book of Kimono: The Complete Guide to Style and Wear
For women, there are formal kimono, obi and accessories, and the lightweight summer yukata; for men, the yukata and the ceremonial ensemble of kimono, haori coat and hakama skirt. Children’s kimono for festive events are also described.
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Make Your Own Japanese Clothes: Patterns and Ideas for Modern Wear
Step-by-step instructions for making 14 select traditional garments, from the luxurious wedding rove and the classic kimono to the informal hanten jacket and practical field pants.
UK: Make your own Japanese Clothes

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