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How to Felt a Bobbled Scarflet

comments (10) October 4th, 2013     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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Button the buttons, and youve got one stylish cool-weather accessory.
Secure several glass marbles or pebbles into the scarf with rubber bands.
Once the wool dries, remove all of the rubber bands and pebbles.
Button the buttons, and youve got one stylish cool-weather accessory.

Button the buttons, and you've got one stylish cool-weather accessory.

Photo: Linda Permann
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Last week I showed you how to make different textures with felt, and this tutorial takes it a step further to turn your felting experiments into wearable art. A fuzzy scarflet makes a perfect gift and it's also sure to be a conversation starter. I made my first textured, felted scarf when a colleague of mine was about to throw her hand-knit, felted pieces in the garbage (she was designing a cat bed, but the large pieces didn't felt the way the swatch did). I still wear it, and it always gets lots of compliments. If you gather enough sweaters and pebbles, you might just take care of your whole holiday list with one load of laundry.

To get started, you'll need:

  • One wool sweater that felts (do a test-run with a swatch from the sleeve)
  • 100–200 small glass marbles, pebbles, hazelnuts, or other round shapes that can be put through the wash
  • Rubber bands
  • Washing machine with agitator
  • Old pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Three large buttons

First, you'll need to cut out the section to use for your scarflet. I cut off a 14-inch-wide band starting at the bottom of the sweater. Start rubber-banding pebbles into the sweater about 3 inches from the edge. Fill up the sweater with lines of rubber-banded pebbles until the pebbled section is at least 8 inches wide.

  Secure several glass marbles or pebbles into the scarf with rubber bands.

Next, place your pebbled sweater into a mesh garment bag. Put it in the washer with an old pair of jeans, and set the washer to hot wash/cool rinse. Add a spoonful of detergent and run the washer. Check the progress, and put the scarf through another cycle or two (I used three cycles for mine) until the sweater is felted as desired. The body of the scarflet should shrink up while the pebbled areas stay stretched. You may lose a few pebbles in the process, but don't freak out-no one will notice on the finished scarflet, since the pebble-less bobble will just further felt into a closed dot.

  Once the wool dries, remove all of the rubber bands and pebbles.

This part can be kind of tedious, so I recommend doing this while watching something fun on TV.

  Cut a scalloped edge around the bobbled area.

Now cut a scalloped edge well away from the bobbles. You can just wing it. A straight edge would be fine, too. Place the scarflet around your neck and cut the short edge if necessary to shorten it. The piece should fit snugly around your neck with a 3-inch overlap. For a more finished look, you can zigzag-stitch or serge around the edges, but it's not required.

  Add buttonholes and buttons.

On one short side of the scarflet, make three snips to serve as buttonholes. Make them slightly smaller than whatever size button you are using. Zigzag around the sides of the buttonhole to keep them from stretching out. I used a contrasting color of thread so they are easy to find amongst the bobbles. (Note: You can also make the buttonhole the traditional way, and snip the hole after stitching the buttonhole. Do whatever works for you.)

Sew three buttons to the opposite short side of the scarflet that align with the buttonholes. You may want to try it on and pin the buttons in place to figure out where exactly to place them.

  Button the buttons, and you've got one stylish cool-weather accessory.

These can be very fun pieces the more you experiment with them. Different textures, multicolored sweaters, and the addition of some needle felting or contrast stitching will make each one unique-and enjoyable to wear.

 

See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned, in stores August 11, 2009.

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Comments (10)

EdwinaRichards writes: I had to share this on FB! It's such a great idea!
Posted: 10:01 am on October 8th
Suellap writes: I love the recycling usages of fabric and clothes. These are my favorite of all the craft stylish posts.
Thank you!
Posted: 10:13 pm on October 4th
Suellap writes: I love the recycling usages of fabric and clothes. These are my favorite of all the craft stylish posts.
Thank you!
Posted: 10:12 pm on October 4th
Suellap writes: I love the recycling usages of fabric and clothes. These are my favorite of all the craft stylish posts.
Thank you!
Posted: 10:12 pm on October 4th
Suellap writes: I love the recycling usages of fabric and clothes. These are my favorite of all the craft stylish posts.
Thank you!
Posted: 10:12 pm on October 4th
Jamer writes: So cool! Thanks for shareing.
Posted: 2:55 pm on February 24th
lulu5156 writes: Hi Linda:

I wanted you to know that I posted your adroable "How to Felt a Bobbled Scarflet" on Craft Gossip Felting! I just love it and hope you drop by and leave a comment.

http://felting.craftgossip.com/2009/02/09/how-to-felt-a-bobbled-scarflet/

Regards,
Linda :)
Posted: 4:59 pm on February 9th
Secretsugar writes: This is such a cool idea! Think I'll put this at the top of my projects-for-myself list post-Christmas...
Posted: 2:03 pm on December 6th
ana999 writes: Felicidades super padrisima la idea,,,me encantó, ahora que traigo la locura de hacer cosas con sweters me encantó esta idea....estoy buscando que sweters utilizar en tu proyecto, muchas gracias por compartirlo. Que Dios te siga llenando de bendiciones. un beso desde México. Ana
www.ana999-ana999.blogspot.com
Posted: 3:36 pm on October 31st
AutumnsMom writes: This is really awesome. I can't wait to give it a try. I know exactly what'll i'll be doing if the first is successful....Christmas gifts, here i come!
Posted: 10:48 am on October 8th
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