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How to make Wet Felted Mice Slippers

Updated on May 10, 2016
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Wet Felted Mice Slippers

Wet felted Mice Slippers
Wet felted Mice Slippers | Source

Mice Slippers

This tutorial follows on from the previous tutorial below. In this next tutorial we add additional techniques which will turn the same slippers into these enchanting little mice.



Things you will need for this Project

Things you will require for this project
Things you will require for this project | Source

Things you will need for this Project:-

Small Quantity Wool Roving in Pink

Quantity Wool Roving in White

Aqua Shoes for a Child

Grated Olive Oil Soap dissolved in hot soapy water.

Squeeze Bottle (for the soapy mixture)

Black Wool & Cotton Threads for Sewing

Sewing Needles

Tumble Dryer

Small piece of bubble wrap

Kitchen sandwich wrap



Stage One of Two

To get to this stage, you will have already placed three or four layers of merino wool fibers down onto an aqua shoe. Please see the previous tutorial below:-

Grate the Olive Oil Soap

Grate a little Olive Oil Soap and put it into the squeeze bottle. Stir or shake gently until it has dissolved.

Grated olive oil soap

Grated olive oil soap
Grated olive oil soap | Source

Place the shoe on a stand

Place the shoe on a stand
Place the shoe on a stand | Source

Place the shoe on a stand

I used a small coffee cup in this instance. It makes it easier to place the shoe on a stand whilst working on the bottom of the shoe. Wet with hot soapy water.

Not your usual roving this time!

Re-cycled merino wool
Re-cycled merino wool | Source

Re-cycle!

Back in the early days of felting, I don't mind admitting that there were a few occasions when the felting process did not go quite as planned. Once or twice I ended up with a hat for instance with only the top layer of the wool felted properly.

Not one to want to throw anything away easily, I kept these fibers, just in case I could re-use them in the future.

For this project I have re used the underneath layers of one a failed hat to complete this tutorial.

I placed small bundles of the fibers down on my aqua shoes, wet them, rubbed them and moved onto stage two of this tutorial...

Wetting the wool fibers

Wetting the wool fibers
Wetting the wool fibers | Source

Complete Stage One

Complete stage one before moving onto stage two.

Slippers prepared up to stage two

Re-cycled layers placed on the shoes.
Re-cycled layers placed on the shoes. | Source

Stage Two

Having reached this stage, you are new ready to try a few techniques which were learned in the tutorial below:-

Making the ears

Making the ears
Making the ears | Source

Wetting the ears

Add hot soapy water to the circular part of the ears.

Wetting the ears with hot soapy water

Wetting the ears with hot soapy water
Wetting the ears with hot soapy water | Source

Rub the ears

Rub the circular section of the ears, leaving out the tail shown here. One the fibers have fused enough to be moved, draw a circular shape around them with a liquor glass and cut the shapes out,

Avoid the loose fibers at the bottom of the circle.


Marking the circles for the ears

Mark out the wet circles out
Mark out the wet circles out | Source

Cut out the circles and leave a tail!

Cut out a circle of wool but leave the tail.
Cut out a circle of wool but leave the tail. | Source

Cling wrap

Wrap each each up in cling wrap but leave the tail of the ear unwrapped... These loose fibers will, during the felting process attach itself to the rest of the fibers on the slipper

Cling Wrap

Cling wrap or Sandwich Wrap
Cling wrap or Sandwich Wrap | Source

The wrapped ears

The ears wrapped with the exception of the loose fibers.

How to wrap the ears

Wrap the ears but avoid the hanging down fibers.
Wrap the ears but avoid the hanging down fibers. | Source

Place the ears in position

Place the wrapped ears in position on the body of the mice. Cross the fibers over one another as shown in order to ensure that they integrate during the felting process.

All wrapped up!

The  wrapped ears placed on the aqua shoes.
The wrapped ears placed on the aqua shoes. | Source

Felting Wool

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Cover with fibers

Cover the unwrapped pink fibers with white fibers until you can no longer see any pink fibers below.

The idea is to cover the exposed pink wool with sufficient fibers so that you can no longer see them.


Putting the fibers down

Putting the fibers down onto the wet slipper
Putting the fibers down onto the wet slipper | Source

Alternate the direction you lay the fibers

Alternate the direction in which you place the fibers down.

Try to make them as even as possible and without adding too much bulk in the wrong places.

You may wish to add them gradually, a layer at a time, wetting them down as you go. Ensure that the area behind the ears is also covered, right up to the plastic covered ears

You should be able to raise the ears of the mouse without seeing any pink, apart from that which is underneath the cling wrap.

White fibers covering the pink fibers

White fibers covering the pink fibers
White fibers covering the pink fibers | Source

Wet with hot soapy water

Use the squeeze bottle to add very hot soapy water to the wool fibers. Smooth gently down with your fingers and rub gently at first.

Wetting the fibers

Wet the fibers with hot soapy water
Wet the fibers with hot soapy water | Source

Rub the fibers down well

Rub the fibers down well
Rub the fibers down well | Source

Now the ears are attached

As can be seen here, the ears can be held up and away from the body
As can be seen here, the ears can be held up and away from the body | Source

Rub the fibers

.Rub the fibers gently at first, with a piece of folded bubble wrap held in your hand.

Rub until the fibers are firm enough to place into a pair of cut off pantyhose feet.

You may wish to rub them completely by hand; in which case, I still suggest inserting each slipper into a pair of cut off tights

The stocking will prevent the fibers and the ears from becoming displaced through the felting process.

Rub until all the fibers have fused together. Keep on checking regularly to make sure that the ears and also the underneath of the ears have become felted together.

Employ the pinch test now - pinch the wool fibers - they should not move. Only then are they ready for the next stage.

Slipper inside the tights

Put into the cut off tights, knot them.
Put into the cut off tights, knot them.

One to go

One more to go.
One more to go. | Source

Rub with your hands

The stocking will help to keep the project neat and tidy while the felting process takes place.

Rubbing by hand

Rubbing the slipper by hand.
Rubbing the slipper by hand. | Source

Notes on using a Tumble Dryer for felting

In this tutorial I make use of a tumble dry to do the felting work for me.

It was inserted into a tumble dryer for approximately ten minutes. I did this because the wool was very wet when they were put in. In retrospect, I think it was slightly too long as the stocking adhered to the stocking more than it might usually have done.

Untie the stocking frequently and check the felting progress.

Put it back if the project has not felted completely...

Remove the tights from the project

Remove the rights from the project
Remove the rights from the project | Source

A Little Too Much!

As can clearly be seen below, the wool adhered a little much to the stocking. This is however easily remedied as it can be gently tugged from the fibers.

A tumble dryer will always felt the fibers more quickly than a human can with their own hands.

It can and does produce a much firmer felt. It will always shrink more.

Shrinkage can be better controlled when felting is done by hand but there are definitely times when it can be very useful, especially when time is a factor.

It is also easier when working with children. They don't have the patience for long stints of rubbing.

A little too much perhaps!

The fibers have fused to the stocking.
The fibers have fused to the stocking. | Source

Rinse

Rinse in hot and then cold water. Repeat a few times.

Rinse under a tap

Rinse under a tap
Rinse under a tap | Source

Fulling

Take the shoes outside and hit against a wall or on the draining board to firm up the felt. Remove the shoes, rinse again. Shape and then leave to dry while working on the eyes, nose and stitching.

Make the eyes and nse

Using the black wool, wet with hot soapy water and roll four small eyes between your hands and fingers. Roll until they feel firm under the fingers. This is quite a quick process.

Make two pink noses - slightly larger than the eyes.

Place on bubble wrap or a .sheet of kitchen drawer roll as shown here and roll. The surface is lovely for felting and it does help to speed up the felting process.

Rinse well and sew a double thread of cotton through the eyes when the little balls are still wet. Sew back through the same hole - leaving four threads with which you can use to sew the items onto the face.

Lightly rolled nose pieces

The two nose pieces
The two nose pieces | Source

Rolling the eyes

Rolling two eyes at once.
Rolling two eyes at once. | Source

Stitching on the Nose and eyes

Stitch on the nose and the eyes firmly with the long threads left just for this purpose.

Use black wool to make the lines alongside the nose as shown here.

Adding the facial features

Adding the facial features
Adding the facial features | Source

Stitching the face

This is the most time consuming part, stitching the face. The end result will be worth the time and effort.

Completed stitiching

The stitched face
The stitched face | Source

Shrinkage

Shrinkage was slightly more than when hands were used for the felting process in the previous tutorial. The tumble dryer was responsible for this.

Different varieties of wool shrink at different rates and can have the same effect.

It can be useful to make a note of the different rates of shrinkage as you work with different wool.

Side by side

The almost finished slippers as compared to the aqua shoes
The almost finished slippers as compared to the aqua shoes | Source

Make the tail

I selected a very soft beading wire to help support the tail. It does not feel like wire at all and feels more like a soft nylon/ it really does help one to achieve a firm but soft tail which still maintains the shape. A child will come to no harm wearing these slippers The tail may be self supporting without the wire but I have not tried it.

Soft wire

Soft wire, more like a soft cord.
Soft wire, more like a soft cord. | Source

Making the tail

Cut two pieces of wire as shown in the image below. Make it a realistic length, as compared to the size of your slippers. It should be double the length, folded and placed on a layer of fibers.

Turn the end over and then roll the tail as shown. Once again keep the end free of wire and don't roll it. The fibers should be kept loose. They will be sewn onto the slipper, covered with a few fibers to conceal the sewing and wet felted over the stitching.

Place the folded wire on the fibers

Folded wire laying on the fibers
Folded wire laying on the fibers | Source

Wet the fibers

Wet the fibers, turn the top end in and roll one end into a pointed tip.

It will feel loose at first but will gradually firm up under your fingers. Keep the other end loose and dry as shown here

Roll the tail

Wet fibers being rolled, keeping one end soft.
Wet fibers being rolled, keeping one end soft. | Source

A nice pointed tail

Tail almost finished
Tail almost finished | Source

Sew on the tail

Sewing on with cotton thread
Sewing on with cotton thread | Source

Finally

Sew the loose end of the tail onto the mouse, cover with a few white felt fibers. Wet the end with hot soapy water and rub with a folded piece of bubble wrap until the fibers have knitted together. Alternatively you could needle felt them onto the mouse.

Rinse the mouse under hot and cold water, insert the shoe back in to shape the shoe or use your fingers. Let the slipper rest on a cake rack or radiator to dry.

You have now completed your darling little wet felted mouse.

The completed wet felted mice slippers

Completed wet felted mice slippers
Completed wet felted mice slippers | Source

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      peachpurple,

      They are cute and I do know how you feel, bit like having a work of art and giving it to a child to mess up:)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you are good at making felt shoes, I wouldn't let my kids wear them, they are just so cute!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      Sometimes needs must, besides I enjoy doing things on a budget and getting inventive with the things I have around the home or from a car boot. Thanks for the comment and the visit which is so appreciated.

      Best wishes,

      Sally

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      These are so, so cute (I especially like the tails!) and such a brilliant idea to build them around a preexisting pair of shoes! I would never have thought of that. Great job and thanks for sharing!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      Thanks for the visit and the comment. Glad to hear that you found the instructions clear.

      Best wishes,

      Sally

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A very cool project. What wonderful homemade gifts these would be for Christmas. As always, your photos are clear and give great instructions. Thanks!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      Glad you enjoyed seeing my little mice slippers. I confess I don't have a little one either but I did so enjoy making them.

      Thank you for the visit and the compliment.

      Sally

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Oh my goodness sallybea - these are delightful. Now if I could only get myself to learn how to wool felt and I had a young daughter again I could make them. So sweet and a beautifully done hub!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      You are very welcome. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Absolutely adorable. Thanks for taking the time to share this creative Hub. I love it.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      fpherj48

      Paula - that is a lovely thing to say and I do hope you have an opportunity to try making the slippers for your little grandchildren. With friends like Billy and yourself, I don't think I will be allowed to sit twiddling my thumbs:) I too hope I shall reap the rewards in the future.

      Best wishes,

      Sally

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sally...These are simply too adorable. My grandchildren would be thrilled to receive these as gifts...and know that "Gram-Dawg" actually made them especially for their little feet! You are one crafty & creative lady, Sally. I agree with bill. You have a potential income with your great products!......Hope one day you reap your rewards.....Up+++

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Susan Zutautas

      I hope that you enjoy making the mice slippers.

      I appreciate the pin and the comment, thank you.

      Sally

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are the cutest darn little slippers I've ever seen. Pinning so I can make a few pairs myself. Great tutorial!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      Thank you very much for your comment

      Sally

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      The mice slippers are cute. I don't have the patience to do a project like this one.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Margaret Schindel

      Thank you so much, I am delighted that you enjoyed the hub. Your comment is much appreciated.

      Best wishes,

      Sally

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sally, not only is this a fantastic step-by-step tutorial with easy to follow directions, it also has fabulous, clear, detailed photos that make it easy for readers to produce successful results. Beautifully done!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      I am glad you enjoyed them. I appreciate your taking the time to comment on these Mice Slippers. Thank you.

      Sally

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      Marika 2 years ago from Cyprus

      These are just so adorable!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      Thank you very much for stopping by my Mouse Slipper Tutorial. I am happy to know that you enjoyed it.

      Best wishes,

      Sally

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Oh my gosh, these are so cute! They would make an awesome baby shower gift. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      I appreciate your visit and am so glad that you enjoyed seeing the end result. Many thanks for the vote up and awesome

      Sally

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 2 years ago from USA

      Aww, these slippers are adorable. The step by step photos for how to make them are so thorough. Thanks for sharing this great hub. Voted awesome!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Jo Goldsmith11

      Lovely to hear from you Jo - I hope things are wll with you in your neck of the woods.

      Thank you so much for the visit and especially for the comment - always appreciated. Thanks too for the share and UP

      Sally

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      I loved this! So creative! :-) This would be great to make and give as Christmas or birthday gifts. As well as spending some quality time with the young ones.

      I agree with Bill, you have a market here. Wishing you the very best!

      Great reading, really enjoyed. Up and shared.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      RTalloni

      The end result was certainly worth the effort, especially when I showed them to a little six year old boy. he was so intrigued that he asked if he could be shown how to make some for himself. Wet felting is definitely something children can learn, especially some of the easier projects.

      I would appreciate the pin, thank you very much.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Such a cute, cute, cute project deserves a well-done hub, and guess what, you've done it! With your tutorial I don't think I would have any trouble getting these mice slippers made. Pinning so others can benefit from your work.

      Well, will have to come as Pinterest isn't working right...

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      randomcreative

      You are very welcome, I am glad you were able to stop by.

      Thank you,

      Sally

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Too adorable! Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Faith Reaper

      What a lovely compliment and also comment. I am glad you enjoyed the images and also the finished product. I so appreciate your continued support and am always grateful for the way that you help promote my hubs,

      Thank you so much,

      Sally

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how adorable! Your photos are always amazing and add much interest to your great instructions as to making these gems. You sure have a unique gift that is not seen every day.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting and pinning Oops, the share buttons are not working at the moment. I shall return.

      Blessings

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      I am especially glad that you enjoyed the images. The beautiful summer here really does help, providing just enough good light in the little conservatory to really do justice to the photographic aspect of writing Hubs.

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, also the vote up, interesting and beautiful!

      Best wishes.

      Sally

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great! Beautiful photos and you surely know how to share a useful hub.You have a creative mind indeed. Voted up, interesting and beautiful

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      billybuc

      Sadly, more often than not I give them away as gifts and move on to the next project, hoping against hope that I will eventually earn sufficient from them to retire!

      I do however sell a few on e-bay and of course my photography is another interest of mine. Sometimes there are insufficient hours in the day to do everything I still want to do.

      You have a lovely day Billy

      I appreciate your comment as always.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know if I've ever asked you, Sally, but do you sell your own product line? If you don't, why don't you???? These are such clever ideas, and they look wonderful. I hope you are doing more than just writing about them.

      And while we're on the topic of writing....nicely done.

      Have a great day my friend.

      bill

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