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How to Wet Felt a Mobile Phone Pouch
Wet felted mobile phone pouch
Easy Wet Felting Project
This simple wet felting video was made for those of you who are new to wet felting and also find it easy to watch rather than read a tutorial.
How to make a Wet Felted Phone Pouch
Things you will need
The template used to make this mobile phone pouch was made from two thin but firm sheets of plastic. You could use a piece of bubble wrap. This template is suitable for a Samsung Galaxy Ace or similar size mobile phone.
- Plastic Template: - 21 x 11cm x 13 x 11cm
- Bubble wrap
- Dish washing liquid or soap
- Boiling hot water
- Washboard – or you may use a sink or draining board
- Merino Wool fibers or tops suitable for felting
- A Press stud or a piece of Velcro for closing pouch
- Squeeze or spray bottle
- Cut two templates as detailed above
- Lay both templates down onto a water resistant surface
- Place three layers of Merino wool fibers onto each template. Remember to change the direction of their placement as you place each layer down – they should be placed at 90 degrees to each other. Ensure that you leave sufficient overlap on both templates to provide a little extra to turn in the edges in on both of them. The shorter template should have a much wider overlap and this will later be used to wrap right around the back of the long template to form the pouch
- Place a piece of curtain netting over the first layer of fibers
- Begin by damping down the long template with boiling hot soapy water. Rub the curtain netting until you can lift if off the fibers without displacing them
- Use the template as a guide only, to fold in the edges. This should match the shape of the long template
- Once all the edges have been turned in, place the rectangle within two pieces of bubble wrap. Rub until there are no signs of any joins or folds left on the rectangle. Use more hot soapy water if necessary. Add a little soapy water to the smooth side of the bubble wrap to makes it easier for your fingers to run smoothly over the plastic.
- Wet the short sided template with hot soapy water. Do this until you can lift the netting off without disturbing the fibers.
- Fold in the straight edge, leaving the bottom and the sides open.
- Place the long rectangle onto a piece of bubble wrap, right side facing up
- Now put the long template over this
- Then put the small template on top of the long template being careful to match the curved edges of the template
- Now place the small rectangle right side facing down onto both of the templates, Match the bottom edges
- Now fold the overlap at the bottom of the pouch up and seal the lower edge of the pouch. Rub the fibers gently together to seal
- Now, fold the overlap on the short rectangle. This should go right around the back of the large rectangle and join in the middle. This will form the pouch.
- You will now have one long rectangle and one short rectangle of woolen fibers placed right sides together and within these two rectangles you will have the matching templates aligned to their respective pieces.
- Place the pouch between the bubble wrap and rub firmly until you reach the 'pinch test' stage. This means that when you try to pinch the wool between two fingers none of the fibers should move.
- Pour boiling hot water over the project in the kitchen sink
- Shock the project with cold water
- Remove both templates from the pouch
- Begin rubbing the pouch on a washboard or draining board. Do this gently to begin with. Rub until you can see you achieve the desired size and shape of your pouch. Place your fingers inside the pouch or use a piece of bubble wrap rolled up inside the pouch.This will prevent the two sides from inadvertently fusing together
- Rinse with warm and then cold water, squeeze the water out, shape and allow to dry
- You may wish to turn the pouch inside out – check to see which side you would prefer to use as the outside of your pouch. This pouch was designed to be turned inside out but you may decide not to do so. You should have a nice seamless edge. You may find it helpful to gently iron your pouch with a steam iron.once you have pulled it into shape.
- When dry sew on a press stud or a piece of Velcro
Leave the edges of your template straight if you prefer to have a straight edged pouch. You may find it easier to make it without rounded edges. You will note that I did not round the top edge of my pouch when I placed the template on the fibers. I later decided to round them off by cutting the felt with a pair of scissors. I rubbed the rough edges on the washboard with some hot soapy water to finish them off nicely.
It may be helpful to place a rolled up piece of bubble wrap into your pouch whilst you rub the fibers on the washboard. It may prevent the pouch from going out of shape as you rub. It will also help prevent the two sides from sticking to each other during the felting process.
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