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Sarah of Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm(pronounced: fruu-lings-cabin), along with her 2-year-old Cami, shows us how to make wet felted Christmas ornaments out of fiber scraps.

girl with cookie sheet and dawn

These are so easy to make that my two-year old daughter did the felting while I took photos for thetutorial. It is also a great way to make use of wool scraps or small bits of wool that are … *ahem* … a little less than desirable.

Just what do you do with all those wool scraps you end up with between harvests? If you have angora rabbits, you know what I’m talking about. Those short trimmings and grooming brush clumps can be put to good use… by felting them!

It’s so easy a two-year old can do it. And she did. I’ll pass this post on over to Cami so she can give you the low down on her simple felting project:

Hi guys! I am getting a head start on Christmas gifts for my Grammas (because let’s face it… Grammas can’t get enough of our little kid projects). For this project, you can use any wool scraps, sheared or plucked, as long as they are at least one inch long. My mom got all of my supplies together: a big handful of Thistle’s wool scraps, water, dish soap, and cookie cutters.

Now take a clump of wool and shove it inside your cookie cutter. My mom made sure I tucked the wool in all the corners. Cram that puppy full, wet it down, then fill it some more.

photo of girls hand cramming wool into cookie cutter

Then add a drop or two of dish soap. Watch out because I like to use more dish soap than I really need! But that’s what my mom gets for putting me in charge of dispensing soap.

dish soap into wool mold

 

buncha molds with soap in em

All you do next is poke it. You heard me right folks. Poke. It. You can’t really over-do this step. Keep poking it until it feels like it has matted up. If you’re careful, you can even flip it over back into your cookie cutter so that you can poke the other side.

two molds and girl hands  

I’m so cool I can do two at once.

pink dress two hands
When you feel that you’re done, carefully rinse the soap out and squish flat to squeeze out the excess water. Let dry and you’re finished!

finished lookinjg ornaments

Thank you Cami for your wonderful tutorial and great insight into the world of wet felting. I think I will be doing a little border embroidery to embellish these rabbit, butterfly, and star shapes. Then I’ll thread a ribbon through the top and call it good.

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Sarah’s little family of three lives in an old Californian gold-rush town and is learning to be more self-reliant though gardening, animal husbandry, and by making things from scratch. Join the journey from the very beginning and learn along with them on her farm blog, Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm.

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