Sunday, 15 November 2009

Felt Something

by Amy of Progressive Pioneer

I'm pretty nuts about felted wool. Any time I visit a thrift store I check the sweater rack for 100% wool sweaters to add to my stash. I've got a huge box full of various pieces in all sorts of colors and patterns just waiting for inspiration to strike. All of our Christmas stockings are sewn from felted wool, I'm in the middle of a little woolen vest for Sam and recently finished some wool pants and mittens for him. You can make hats, leg warmers, skirts, diapers, blankets, the sky's the limit!

Here's an example of how simple making a pair of mittens is:

I traced Sam's hand and pinned the shape to a double layer of felted wool. In this project I used the sleeves to take advantage of the cuff. Then I roughly cut out the shape, adding enough for a seam allowance.

I left the paper on as a guide and sewed all the way around the edge, trimming of any excess at the end. Flip those guys inside out and you have a great pair of water-resistant, snugly warm mittens!

I made Sam's extra long so they'll stay tucked into his jacket. If you make a pair, remember to sew them together wrong-side out. I forgot on one mitten, but Sam doesn't seem to mind:)