I used to be a cool crafter. Before I had kids I did all kinds of neat things: quilting (well ok, I only actually finished one quilt -and I GAVE it away so I have nothing to show for it except a bunch of unfinished projects…), knitting (okay, I only ever finished one scarf…), sewing (Umm. You got me. Never really finished much of that either), mat cutting for frames – HEY! I actually finished that one and my handy work is hanging all over my house!
But kids, homeschooling, cooking from scratch, and life, and blogging have meant the end of my crafting. Actually, I think it must be me. I must suffer from adult ADD – apparently, I start a lot of projects but don’t finish them. Hmmm. I’m not quite as cool as I like to think. But my husband is super cool! He made my dining room table (the one that’s currently covered with my lap top, the sewing machine, homeschooling books, and laundry), the clock I’m staring at right now, the frames I put my mats in, the lamp in my living room. You get the picture. He’s a finisher and he’s super cool. He gets things done. He makes me look bad…
But I digress…this year I’m a felting fool. I’ve spent a small fortune at Goodwill (and am now banned from that store until Jan 1) on wool sweaters I’ve been turning into felt.
We’re making mittens, hats, animals, all kinds of fun stuff for our cousins for Christmas this year. I’ll share how to make the fun stuff later, but first, get Thee to Goodwill and buy sweaters! Lots of sweaters! Lots and lots of sweaters. Don’t look at anything but sweaters. That was my mistake. I looked at everything. And bought most of it.
Once you’ve got the sweaters, here’s how to felt them:
- Make sure they are at least 85% wool (or other animal fiber).
- Then wash them on hot.
- Dry them on super duper hot.
- Repeat as necessary until they are shrunken and don’t fray.
Here’s how use your felt to make mittens! And if I can fix this hat, I’ll show you how to make it too!