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Wet Felting for Kids with Jiffy Bags

Updated on May 5, 2016

Wet Felting in a Jiffy Bag

Detail on the little mat
Detail on the little mat | Source

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.

Felting for Kids

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


Method

  • 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.

PhotoTutorial

A few things which you will need!
A few things which you will need! | Source
Little hands helping to lay out the fibers
Little hands helping to lay out the fibers | Source
'Look, this stuff sticks to my hands'!
'Look, this stuff sticks to my hands'! | Source
Laying out the first layer
Laying out the first layer | Source
Second and third layers shown lying in two opposite directions
Second and third layers shown lying in two opposite directions | Source
Third layer complete
Third layer complete | Source
Rolling out the Balls of Wool to make the Flowers with Grandpa close at hand.
Rolling out the Balls of Wool to make the Flowers with Grandpa close at hand. | Source
Flowers with small bits of pink fiber placed on top to help embed them to underneath layers
Flowers with small bits of pink fiber placed on top to help embed them to underneath layers | Source
Pressing down with one of the boards
Pressing down with one of the boards | Source
Fibers shown now inside the Jiffy Bag
Fibers shown now inside the Jiffy Bag | Source
Add water with Squeeze Bottle
Add water with Squeeze Bottle | Source
Wipe off excess water and seal Jiffy Bag
Wipe off excess water and seal Jiffy Bag | Source
Begin rolling one way and then the other.
Begin rolling one way and then the other. | Source
Rolling in the opposite direction
Rolling in the opposite direction | Source
My little Helper rolls the Bamboo Mat for me.
My little Helper rolls the Bamboo Mat for me. | Source
My little Helper presses down hard on the wool fibers.
My little Helper presses down hard on the wool fibers. | Source
The project has now been removed from the Jiffy Bag
The project has now been removed from the Jiffy Bag | Source
Pouring hot water over the Project
Pouring hot water over the Project | Source
Soak for a couple of minutes in boiling water and then cold.   Repeat twice, rinse under the cold tap, shape and press with a Iron.
Soak for a couple of minutes in boiling water and then cold. Repeat twice, rinse under the cold tap, shape and press with a Iron. | Source

Hints

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

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Try Wingham Wool, they are great and will send any items you want within a couple of days. Try using bags of different sizee. Make sure you look for felting wool - Tops or Roving work equally well.

      Thanks for your visit and your comments, happy felting.

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      Louise Lately 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hi sallybea! Great hub! I had no idea that it could be that straightforward to create shapes with felt. If I can get hold of the material here in London then I will definitely try it out!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      CMakmom, I think you may even have more success if you use a larger bag than you need. I have not tried it myself yet but do think the larger the jiffy bag you use, the more success you will have and the larger the project you can do. I intend placing my fibers onto some kitchen wrap next time, fold it up like a flat sandwich and then insert it into the bag instead of the board. The sandwich wrap makes no difference at all to the felting process. I have used it with great success making 3D Flowers. As soon as the fibers are stable enough you will be able to remove the wrap. With felting, there is no right way. If it works for you that is the most important thing. Let me know how it goes. Best wishes Sally

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      CMAKmom 4 years ago

      I like how you use the cardboard to keep the design in place as you put it into the bag. I had trouble doing this with a different tutorial which did not use that hint. I will retry using this method. Thanks!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Sallybea, this is such a neat idea. I'm always looking for new things for my kids to do. They will love this! Thank you for sharing.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Jamie Brock, So glad you liked it! Thank you for your visit.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      What a neat little project! Thank you for sharing :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Thanks rebeccamealey, glad you enjoyed the hub. Felting is addictive and can be as creative as you would like it to be. So glad you stopped by.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Looks like fun, and really pretty results. I have never heard of this craft.I vote VERY interesting!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Yes, we had lots of fun.

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      Looks like loads of fun!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello MsDora, My little pair of 'willing hands' was the most important ingredient. I could not have done it without him! Thank you so much for your vote and also the comment. It is much appreciated.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Glad you include "willing hands" in the ingredients. It's also a qualifier. Very clear instructions. Voted Up and Useful.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Natashalh, glad you liked it. It is nice way of entertaining the children for half an hour and making a little hand made present for Mother's day. I will appreciate the pin once you get your computer! Thank you.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Great, easy to follow instructions! I'll be pinning this once I get to a computer.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Thank you Wonder wool, nice that you could stop by.

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      Easy and Fun. Kids will enjoy for sure :)