Now that the kids are back to school and the mornings are crisper here in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast PA, I am in the mood for some serious fall crafting. Want to join me?
Don’t worry that these DIY’s will be too hard. Some are as simple as using a pair of scissors – no kidding!
First, gather your main supply – a thrifted wool sweater. I like to head to my local thrift store for this. Always look in the men’s section, because when you put the sweater through the felting process, it will shrink. So, the bigger the better when you’re starting out.
Once you have your 100% wool sweater (no cheating here), wash it on the hottest setting with the most agitation and spin. Dry it with high heat. Don’t forget to empty that lint screen – it will fill up fast! When your sweater has properly felted, you will find that it has a denser, softer finish now. The fibers have tightened in such a way that you can easily cut your sweater up without having it unravel. It’s a very forgiving material to work with!
Now for some fun projects.
Buy a travel coffee mug at your local dollar store. Cut a sleeve off your felted sweater. Add a few fun circles of additional felt, or some buttons. I like to sew them on with embroidery thread. Slip the cozy onto your mug and you’re done! Makes a great teacher gift.
Using the other arm of the sweater, cut sections off and fit on upcycled glass jars and votive holders. I like to pick up miscellaneous pieces from my local Salvation Army. Fit a votive candle in the glass holder and enjoy.
You’ve probably cut up the arms of your sweater, but you still have a lot of material left on the body. An easy and practical project is potholders. Cut out two pieces approximately 8 inches square. Simply stitch around the potholder, with right sides facing out. I like to stitch these about ¼ inch from the edge. Then, stitch diagonally from corner to corner. Done!
Made of 2 layers of reclaimed all-natural felted wool, these pot holders are useful and beautiful without all the icky chemicals. Wool is naturally flame retardant and stain resistant. Great gift idea – stash them away for Christmas!
Who doesn’t love some extra fun color in the house? This project is great for the kids. You can do it with your one felted sweater, but this project is definitely better with multiple colors. Using a large needle and embroidery floss or yarn, just have the kids string on 1 inch square scraps. You can knot the yarn in between each square to keep them spread out. Looks great on the Christmas tree.
Different birds nest at different times, but if you make make this suet holder now, you will be ready when the birds in your region are ready. And maybe you will be greeted by colorful nests!
Simply stick your scraps of felt and other crafting supplies such as yarn and string in an empty suet holder. Hang in the yard and watch those scraps disappear. This also makes a great Christmas gift the littles can make for grandparents.
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What are you crafting this fall? Do you have a DIY or craft pinterest board? Share in the comments below.