Do you know about felting wool?
I didn’t until a few days ago. Now I can’t get enough of it.
Basically, you wash a wool sweater/scarf/skirt/etc. in hot water, rinse it in cold water, dry it on high heat. Repeat if necessary.
It shrinks up the wool to a felt-like material.
With this new idea, I swung by Goodwill to see if I could find any wool sweaters. It was actually harder than I thought. I guess it’s not quite sweater season yet. After searching the racks, I ended up finding two that might work.
I washed and dried them. They for sure shrunk up! I began chopping up the usable pieces. Confession: I really enjoyed chopping up the sweater. I might be cutting up more clothes in the future.
To cut them into the correct size, I simply used a coffee cup as my template. It doesn’t have to be exact since the sleeve is supposed to be snug.
After cutting the strips, I sewed one seam down the back and got to decorating! This part was fun. Here are some of the finished products.
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