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Wet Felting for Kids with Jiffy Bags
Wet Felting in a Jiffy Bag
Jiffy Bag Felting for Children
This little project has been designed for little hands. This simple method of felting in a Jiffy Bag is well suited to children, perhaps not as quite as young as the little Helper I had shown in this Tutorial! Little Jacob nevertheless had a great time playing with the little bits of wool. This was his first ever Felting class and the Mat is a gift for his mother on Mother’s Day.
Introducing crafts to your children at an early age is a great way for you to spend quality time with them.
I hope this little craft module will be the first of many projects that you and your children will share together.
Things you will need!
- Things you will need!
- One willing pair of little hands
- 1 Jiffy Bag The size you choose will determine the size of your Mat
- 2 Sheets of soft Cardboard or Paper. Cut these to fit into a Jiffy Bag with some room to spare.
- Merino Wool Tops or Roving’s which are suitable for felting. We used Pink, Green, Yellow and Blue
- A small Squeeze Bottle
- Dishwashing liquid
- A Bamboo Mat for rolling the whole Project in
- Cover the board with a layer of fibers as shown in the images below.
- Repeat this twice more. Change the direction of the wool on each layer as illustrated below.
- Roll ten softly formed little balls of wool in one color (Blue) and two more balls in Yellow.
- Make two flowers on the surface of the Merino Fibers with the balls and then use a few green strands of wool to form a stem and two leaves for each flower.
- Place a few thin fibers of the Pink wool over the top of the flowers, stems and leaves. See images below. This will help the flowers to embed themselves in the layers of wool beneath the flowers - when the Project it is finally wet down.
- Place the other piece of board on top of the fibers. Press the two boards together to flatten the Project. It will make it much easier to get it into the Jiffy Bag.
- Lift the top board off the Project and place the board and the fibers into the Jiffy Bag. Gently pull the board out whilst trying not to disturb the fibers or the pattern.
- Add just enough hot soapy water to the bag to wet all the fibers. Use the squeeze bottle to do this.
- Press down on the bag and push the water out towards the bag opening.
- Use a towel to wipe off any excess water and then seal the Jiffy Bag.
- Roll the whole Project up in the Bamboo Mat. Roll in one direction and then turn the Project and roll the another way. See images below.
- Continue to do this for several minutes.
- Open the bag and check the fibers to see if they have all felted together. Use two fingers to perform the ‘pinch test’, Check to see if the fibers still move. If they do, seal the bag again and roll for a little longer.
- When ready, remove the Mat from the bag and place it in a bowl.
- Pour boiling hot water over the whole Mat and leave for a few minutes to soak.
- Pour off the water and then shock with some cold water.
- Repeat this a few times. Rinse well in cold water under the tap until the water runs clear.
- Squeeze dry carefully and then throw the little mat down on the counter a few times.
- Gently shape the wool and press with a Steam Iron or leave to dry.
Your little mat has now been completed.
You may find it easier to use a larger Jiffy bag than the one which was used in this Tutorial. It won’t matter if the wool does not reach the corners. It will make it a lot easier to get the project into the bag without disturbing the fibers! Try to ensure that the layers of wool are placed evenly throughout the Mat. Uneven layers will result in holes or thin spots in your mat!
You may wish to turn your Mat into a little Needle Cover! Make two mats for a needle cover and place them together. I would make the center one white. You may wish to use a bought piece of felt!. The completed Needle Case should look just like a little book. Sew down the middle of the two layers, fold and press the book with a damp cloth. Pin the needles to the inside of the book.to complete you Needle Case
© 2013 Sally Gulbrandsen