Last week I started my needle felting unit with my teen classes. If you’ve been following along, you know that I LOVE needle felting. Over the years, we’ve made pouches and animals, but I really wanted to explore felting onto clothing. I was shocked at how easy this is! Did you know that you can needle felt patches on just about anything? I will be spending the weekend digging out some ripped jeans from my closet…but in the meantime, here is my heart elbow tutorial:
What You’ll Need:
STEP 1: Put the sweater on and determine where you will want the elbow patch to go. Put a piece of tape or mark it with some chalk.
Step 2: Insert the felting foam into the sleeve
Step 3: Take your cookie cutter and place it where you want the patch to go.
Step 4: Take a chunk of roving wool and pull it apart into thin wispy pieces. Place some wool inside the heart. Using your felting needle, begin stabbing the wool into the sweater. Be sure to only work in a vertical motion. If you begin to hold the needle at an angle, the needle will break – be prepared for breakage as you learn to felt.
Step 5. Once all of the wool is flattened into the sweater, add more wool. For the middle sections it is easier to use the multi-needle tool. For the areas near the cookie cutter, use the single needle for more precision.
Step 6: Continue adding felt until there are no bald spots. Use the single needle to add precision and to clean up any blurry edges. Once you have clear margins, feel free to remove the cookie cutter and do some patching of any spots that need filling.
Step 7: Repeat on the other elbow. Once the heart is complete and flat, flip the sweater inside out and carefully pull the felting foam from the sweater. It will seem like it is stuck, but if you pull slowly, it will separate from the back of the heart – I promise!
Step 8: Once you are finished and happy with your elbows, mist them with some water and iron on gentle heat. This will set your patch into place. Dry clean only!
To watch the full tutorial, watch here