Jolly Boots of Doom (tiggrrl) wrote in handmade_gifts,

Felted Wool Projects

I love felted wool because it's so easy to work with, and so cheap if you get it by felting down thrift store sweaters. I have also felted wool dresses, jackets, and scarves. You could also make these with fleece, or regular felt, or anything else that won't fray.
These are much easier to make than it may look! You need to cut two half-circles and one long rectangle to make the hat portion. Size is dependent on the person it's being made for, but I usually make the rectangle about 15" long and 3" wide, and the semi-circles 10" wide and 5" tall. You need about 11 little points. An oval shape works well for making the points, about 3" wide and 4" long. The tail is just a long rectangle with a point on the end. Make it about as wide at the top as the rectangle for the center of the hat. Since felted wool doesn't fray, you can use a really small seam allowance, and everything can be sewn on a machine, except for attaching the points. I like to use a couple different colors of contrasting wool. I did the two of these in an evening, including hand-sewing the points on.


This isn't the greatest picture, but it is a little flower hat. To make one, you need green wool felt and another color for the flower petals. For the petals, cut four teardrop shapes out of the wool, about 5" wide and 9" long. Sew them together to halfway down each petal, but do not sew the final seam. What you want is a shape as if a five-petaled flower lost one petal, that space is where the person's face will look out. Cut a 1" wide strip of green felt long enough to line the face opening of the hat and sew along the edge. Cut an additional leaf shape from green felt and sew to the top of the hat.


Only the top one is from felted wool (obviously). I cut this out of the back of a sweater and trimmed with a piece of printed corduroy. Since the wool felt retains some stretch, you can get a lot into the stocking!
Tags: eco-friendly, sewing
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