If you ever thought linkys and bloghops were a waste of time think again.. through my prolific linking up, I have discovered many a wonderful blog – getting fabulous inspiration and learning new things. My Poppet is one such blog – I found the lovely Cinti from “Down Under” via The Creative Jewish Moms link up. It is every Sunday and there are some truly lovely crafts to look at!
I then went to visit Cinti’s blog and fell in love! For starters I want a Sewing Room like hers. Never going to happen! You will find all sorts from crafts, to thrifting to life as a mum and reviews. A beautiful blog, beautifully written.. or you may like here online store Poppet in the Post – just too cute.
Today Cinti shares her “How to make a Felt Button” tutorial with us! Felting is somethig I haven’t tried before and it is most certainly on my crafty to learn list. These buttons look perfect for a beginner! Can’t wait to give it a go.
Over to Cinti and “How to make a Felt Button”!
Here is an easy tutorial on making needle felted buttons that I created for the Haby Goddess newsletter. Jodie has a fantastic online Haby store and also writes daily sewing and craft hints on her facebook page. A must read, really worth a visit.
Needle felting is a technique where you felt together wool fibres using a special barbed needle. By sculpting the wool as you poke it, the possibilities of what can be made are endless.
Finished size is 3.5cm diam and 1.5cm thick
You will need some wool roving, a felting needle and a foam pad & wool yarn to match garment
Take some wool roving and shape it into a round flat disk about 5cm diam and 2cm thick,
When you poke the wool it will firm up and reduce by a third of the original size.
Poke the wool with the needle and sculpt it into shape until it is firm and to the desired size.
Poke the disk a little more in the centre to make the classic button shape.
Needle 4 little holes in the centre of the button as a guide to sew the yarn through.
I recommend hand washing if used on a garment as machine or hot washes will further felt the wool.
I hope you enjoyed that tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment with your questions.
Now is that for an “easy How To”? I am dying to give needle felting a go… and I guess if you do want to use the button on a machine washable item – you could make it bigger, wash it a few times and til it stops “felting” and “shrinking”! Thank you to Cinti for such a fab intro and “How to make a felted button”.