Felting a hair tie

Yesterday, while we were waiting for the fleece to wash, I set up a felting activity for the girls. I knew that they might not resist sneaking out and squeezing the fleece to wash it.

We used some of the rainbow roving that Grandma gave them. The girls each took a piece about 40cm long and the thickness of a finger. They plunged it into warm soapy water and gently squeezed the excess water out.

Next we placed the wool sausage on some bubble wrap, folded the wrap over and rolled it over and over again. It needed a firm touch to agitate the wool, so that it would felt. Although we have felted bags and beads before, this is the first time we’ve used bubble wrap to felt the wool and also the first time we’ve felted outside. Both were really successful and we will be doing it again.

It took about 10 minutes of rolling to make a hard felted sausage shape. Then we rinsed it in cold water, squeezed out as much water, without losing the shape, and left it to dry.

I cut each of the felted sausages in half. The girls choose to swap with each other, so they had one pink and one purple. I then folded each felted sausage over a hairband and wound embroidery thread round the top part. I didn’t want to attach it by knotting it as it would have been bulky and shortened the felt.

Two happy girls. We might add more to the band, but at the moment I have two happy girls.

10 thoughts on “Felting a hair tie

  • Wednesday 9 June, 2010 at 1:34 am

    What a fun and EASY activity. I will have to try this with my girls. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    BTW…thanks for your supper sweet comment on my blog about our gardening adventures. Do eggshells keep slugs away? I did not know that. I will have to do some more research. Thanks for getting me thinking. I just thought it was a great way to recycle the eggshells. Who knew there could be another purpose?

  • Wednesday 9 June, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Beautiful! We have a lady in our community who has a little business making hair ties like these, but with about 20 or so of those feltie things tied to it…I always wondered, (how does she do it), but didn’t want to ask her trade secret! Now I know!!! hehee!!!!
    What a super craft to do with the kids though!!!
    I love the wonderful things you do with your kiddos!
    maureen xo

    • Thursday 10 June, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      I’m sure to do it in big quantities, there must be another way to do it. It took us 10 mins of rolling to do each strand. 20 strands at 10 mins each…..I wouldn’t make many that way. I wonder if she machine washes them or has created a machine to roll them all at the same time.

  • Wednesday 9 June, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    What a pretty, and simple craft! I’ve never heard of using bubble wrap before. That would add a whole new element of fun!

    • Thursday 10 June, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      Funnily enough I don’t remember it popping. Not sure why. I’ll listen more carefully next time.

  • Wednesday 9 June, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    What beautiful colours, they look great in the girl’s hair.

    • Thursday 10 June, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      I love the colours too.

  • Saturday 12 June, 2010 at 12:41 am

    These turned out so beautifully!

    • Saturday 12 June, 2010 at 9:40 am

      Thanks. The girls are really pleased with them.

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