January 11

Try This – Preparing Your Felt

Posted by lori . 8 Comments


Last week, I started felting a pile of sweaters that I’d picked up at thrift stores.  Wet felting sweaters in your washer and dryer releases a great deal of lint.  If you’re just doing a few sweaters…no big deal.  If you’re felting alot of sweaters, here are a few precautions you can take to protect your washer and dryer, (1) attach a lint collector or nylon to your washer drainage hose/pipe, (2) put your sweaters in zippered pillowcases both while washing and drying to help contain the lint.

Once the sweaters are felted, you can keep them intact until you need them or  cut them apart at the seams.  You may also want to remove any pills.  You can use a sweater comb, a sweater stone or an electric sweater shaver.  I like to have all three around because sometimes one works better on a particular sweater than another.

Now…what do I make with these sweaters?  Here are some ideas:

Pot Holders



Decorative Pillows

Cuff Bracelets

Cup Sleeves

Stuffed Animals


Do you have any other ideas for me?

Daily Inspiration

You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.

Marvin Minsky

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8 Responses to " Try This – Preparing Your Felt"

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Love the pic and Marvin Minsky’s quote!

  • Kat says:

    Ooh! Maybe you could demo making stuffed animals this way…gosh knows Gwyn is pretty hard on them! Her Christmas “baby” didn’t stay intact for more than a few hours 😀 I’m always trying to find them at yard sales…but maybe I need to start making some myself. (Though my sewing skills are rudimentary at best!)

  • houndstooth says:

    Knowing your unique talents, I bet whatever you make turns out to be really beautiful and I’ll wish it was in your Etsy store! I can’t wait to see what you make with it!

  • Pip says:

    OK, I am seriously going to try this …will it work with any kind of wool?

    Your pal, Pip

    • lori says:

      Pip…My experience is limited, but it should work with any “animal” fiber. 100% wool sweaters felt the best. Other animal fibers and synthetic fiber combinations work, just not as well. I tried a few cashmere sweaters, but they didn’t felt as quickly so I’ve put them aside. I may toss them in with a future load and see what happens. I also felted a sweater with angora…what a mess. The angora blend sweater threw off ALOT of lint. The 100% wool sweaters were the easiest and most satisfying to felt. Even then, it’s interesting because each one felts a little differently. If you do try this, feel free to send me a few photos. I would love to see what you do.

  • Puddles says:

    Oh dis is gonna be fun to sees what you do. Maybe you needs to make some coasters furs when I comes to visit you.
    And by da way, I has nevers seen a sweater stone befores.

    Loves dat quote!

    Tells da udder Ms. Lori hellos fur me…please and thank you.

    Puddles…in Lala Land

    • lori says:

      Oh Puddles, i am sitting at my desk and Lori told me to go look at the comments on her blog because you said to tell me hello. I squilled like a squirrel being chased by a weiner dog that also loves cheetos and beer, oh and i peed a little.

  • Pauley James says:

    How on earth do you get anything done with those beautiful eyes staring at you? Looking forward to seeing what you create.

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