How to Make Colorful Wool Felt Gift Toppers Using Old Sweaters
It's usually a laundry no-no to wash and dry your woolens the way you do towels, but that's exactly how you create felted wool for crafting. These cute cutouts owe their color variation to roving—fluffy clumps of wool fiber that pull apart like cotton candy. Felting is the process of shaping the roving into designs using a special needle. To create these swirled gift toppers, you'll need just two tools to needle-felt the roving onto the wool. The results are lasting gift toppers or ornaments that are heartfelt presents themselves. We'll show you how to felt wool using sweaters, fabric scraps, or even socks.
How to Make Felted Wool Heart Ornaments
- Felted wool
- Wool roving
- Needle felting mat
- Needle felting tool
These handmade hearts are two gifts in one—embellishments for packages that double as ornaments. Customize them for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or even birthdays.
Step 1: Prepare Felted Wool
When you wash a sweater or scarf in hot water and toss it in the dryer, the yarns will mat and turn into dense, easy-to-sew felted wool. Though wool blends may work, 100% wool is best. If you don't have old wool clothing or blankets at home, check secondhand stores. Or buy felted wool as yardage or scraps at quilting shops or on Etsy. We also like wool felt, which is made from compressed, rather than woven, wool fibers.
Step 2: Create Colors
To begin needle felting wool, place a 4-inch square piece of felted wool on a needle felting mat ($20, Etsy). Swirl a small piece of roving on top. Press a needle felting tool ($20, Michaels) up and down across the wool to blend in the roving for a marbled effect