How to Make a Wet Felted Pencil Holder
Wet Felted Pencil Pouch
Handmade with Love
This simple wet felting project has been designed to be used by both adults and children. The latter will require a little help with the cutting and measuring, but it is a simple project which will help children to learn the basics of wet felting.
The deliberate use of sushi mats in place of bubble wrap was chosen for this project. The sushi mats can greatly assist the felting process, this in turn will help maintain the child's interest for much longer.
These pencil pouches are the perfect Christmas stocking filler. The basic idea can be adapted to including making larger pouches, especially for Grandma's knitting needles. Handcrafted gifts need not be expensive and a gift made with love by a child will long be long remembered and treasured by the recipient.
Completed Wet Felted Pencil Pouch
Things Required to Complete This Project
2 Small sushi mats
A little silk thread to add to the top layer of the wool as embellishment
Hot soapy water, dishing washing liquid or grated olive oil soap
1 Small piece of curtain netting
1 Box of 12 pencil crayons
Elastic bands and 2 felt balls or decoration of your own choice.
A pair of scissors
A simple blade cutter
2 small sushi mats
Begin by placing 1 sushi mat onto a waterproof surface. Putting it onto a tea towel will allow any additional water to be soaked up.
A Sushi Mat, Hot Soapy Water and Merino Wool Roving
Putting down the Fibers
Begin by putting down an even layer of woolen fibers onto the surface of the sushi mat. Lay the fibers diagonally as shown in the image below.
Diagonal Placement of the Fibers
Emphasis should always be placed on making sure that both layers are even and of the same thickness.
Gaps or uneven placement will result in a project which can result in thin spots or even holes.
Layer 2 Completed
Add a a Few Silk Fibers for a Glossy Finish
Cover the Fibers with Curtain Netting and Wet with Hot Soapy Water
Press the Wet Fibers down and Smooth Flat up to the Edge of the Sushi Mat
Remove the Netting Carefully Without Displacing Any of the Fibers
Turn the Sushi Mat with the Fibers Still on It over Carefully
Fold in the Loose Fibers Using the Edge of the Sushi Mat as a Guide
Dampen down the Folded Edge as Shown
Sandwich the Whole Project Carefully Between Two Sushi Mats
The tucked in edges should match the size of the sushi mat. Maintain as neat and edge as possible to form a nice rectangle.
Cover the Project with an Additional Sushi Mat
Roll up the Sushi Mat
Secure with Several Elastic Bands and Roll Firmly on the Tea Towel
Open the Sushi Mat
This image shows the both sides of the project, one has a glossy finish and one has a plain finish.
See How the Felt Has Begun to Knit Together
Turn the Project Lengthwise and Sandwich Between 2 Sushi Mats Placed Side by Side
Rolling the Long Side in 2 Sushi Mats Secured with Elastic Bands
Open after about 20 rolls and check the contents
How Much Shrinkage Can I Expect to Take Place?
Based on my own experience you should expect shrinkage of at least 30 percent. Much depends on the type of wool you use and also how much the project is rolled.
If you would like to make a much larger pencil pouch or even a knitting needle pouch you will need to use a much larger bamboo mat or even a bamboo blind to create something larger.
How to Keep Your Rectangle in Good Shape
Roll the project inside the sushi mats with care. Keep on checking the contents of the mat and remember to roll evenly from both sides.. Use the 2 sushi mats side by side to accommodate the long edge of the rectangle as the sushi mats can only be rolled in one direction.
Maintaining a Decent Rectangular Shape, Note Shrinkage Here
Perform the Pinch Test
After rolling the project for a while, you should perform a pinch test. Pinch the wool between two fingers to check to see if there is any sign on movement or loose threads.
If there is no sign of any such movement, steep the project first into hot and then cold water. Do this at least two or three times and then throw the project down onto a hard surface to harden the felt and complete the fulling process.
Put back into a sushi mat and spread the felt out as shown. Neaten any edges which are not quite straight using a sharp pair of scissors to form a nice rectangle. Dampen the cut edges with a little soapy water roll them in a sushi mat until they resemble the edges which were not cut.
Dunk in Hot and Then Cold Water
First in the hot water
Then in Cold Water
Trim Any Uneven Edges
Measuring the Pencil Pouch for Cutting
Measure the finished edges of your project and leave approximately 4cm on the two short edges.
Mark the center and draw a line across the project
Using the ruler make two lines on each side of the halfway mark and measure 24 dots on both sides as shown - 1 dot for every 1 cm.
Cut between every alternate dot to make a hole for threading the pencils through.
Marking the Center of the Rectangle
Allow 4 Cm on Each Side
Cut Inbetween the Dots
Cut between the dots as shown with a tiny sharp pair of nail scissors or a blade cutter.
Use the Blade Cutter with Care Please!
Decorate as Desired
I used two felt balls I made for a previous project. I cut them into half and sewed them on with thread. I used elastic bands to seal the pouch. A simple cord could be rolled from wool roving in matching colors and tied around the project.
For more information on how to make felt balls please see my video below.
Adding the Decoration
The Completed Pencil Pouch
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© 2015 Sally Gulbrandsen