I have always liked the tight and squishy look of felted crochet or knitting. The stitches disappear and the the yarn becomes like a thick piece fuzzy fabric. But I always shied away from giving it a try because it looked too tricky. — Nope!
Really, all you need is a good pattern and the right yarn, along with a little confidence. With those, your next sewing addiction is right around the corner, lol!
Maybe you are thinking, “Tracy, you can do that, but I can’t.” Don’t listen! You can. Here is what you need:
The first thing you need is a good pattern. I used this Woolies Felted Slipper Pattern by Wild Woolies Studio on Etsy. I bought several different patterns to try, but this one was the easiest to adjust to any size. It was a winner for me:)
The pattern does a good job of describing the process of sizing which is the trickiest part.
The next, and VERY important part to a felted slipper is choosing the right yarn. It must be 100% natural wool. 80-20 with Alpaca works but Superwash does NOT work. I bought a sampler pack from Willow Yarns that was perfect.
Those colors made the most beautiful slippers that I gave as gifts this past Christmas .
Now that you have your pattern and yarn, next is the actual stitching. The stitch is made using two strands of yarn making the stitches extra thick. Use the thread from the inside pull and the outside pull. Don’t worry, it won’t tangle. 🙂
I changed the pattern just a bit by crocheting in a light color for the first 5 rounds and then switching colors at round 6 for a fun contrast and sole effect.
Now, the weird thing about these slippers is that when you finish stitching them up they are HUGE and quite ugly. Really?! These can’t possibly be those cute slippers I saw in the pictures!
Just wait, they will get there. Now the felting begins. I have a front load washing machine and it works just fine for felting, I hear that top loaders work even better, but I don’t know.
Place your slippers in the wash with a pair of jeans and a towel.
Wash on the highest heat and agitation with normal soap.
That’s it. Wash like normal. The pattern said to take it out and test before the final rinse, but I found that a complete washing with soap was all that was needed.
When the slipper comes out is looks very small, but it stretches to size very easily. Just put it on your foot and stretch it to size. Wow! What a change!
I absolutely love my new slippers! After giving away all of those cute slippers for Christmas, I’m finally the lucky one who gets to sit back in my own comfy pair.
I hope you will take out your crochet hook and try your hand at felting a fun new pair of slippers or a bag. I’m sure you will love it!
Thank you for stopping by today. I welcome your comments and would love to hear about your own felting experiences. Have a super SWEET day!
PS—May you all enjoy this upcoming Easter weekend. It is a beautiful time of year. New beginnings and restarts are a wonderful thing. I think, after this past year, the hope of better times ahead is the medicine we all need. God Bless you all! Happy Easter!❤️❤️