• BlogNog: Felted Ball Garland

    Next up on blognog is talented Kathleen of the great sewing blog Grosgrain. She’s showing us how to make felted balls for this beautiful garland. Love it! Welcome, Kathleen!

    I have always been a traditional kind of decorator in terms of Christmas. Red, Green, Gold. But this year I decided to box those glass balls and white lights in favor of multicolored c7s and this eye popping felt ball garland for a more modern Christmas. If I wanted to splurge I would have gone out and bought a white Christmas tree as I think these would really POP on one.

    Now I’ve seen this sort of garland available in Anthropologie. It’s great on the eyes, not so much on the wallet. But if you make it yourself you can have one for the fraction of the cost AND in your choice of colors!
    Materials: 
    Dish Soap
    Large Bowl
    Wool Roving: 
    You can buy wool roving pre dyed or buy some here and dye yourself with RIT.  
    Embroidery Needle
    Embroidery Thread
    1. Fill bowl with hot water and add 4 tablespoons of dish soap. The soap will help to bind the felt together so don’t skimp on it.
    2. Cut a piece of wool felt roving the size of your palm.
    3. Place wool in futte futte shaker. Now, if you do not have a shaker you can place in your palm instead.
     4. Shake in hot soapy water. Again, if you do not have a shaker, hold wool lightly in your palm and shake being sure that the wool is moving in your palm and getting thoroughly saturated.
    5. Take out of water and shake. If you do not have a shaker try to roll in your palm to form a ball shape.
     This is what your should have when you are done.
     6. Take out and let dry. Do this for each ball until you have about 100 or so to make your garland string.
    7. Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery thread.
    8. Cut about 1 yard of string.
     9. Tie a knot at the end.
     10. Push needle through center of ball and push ball to end of string. Repeat until you reach the end of the string.
     11. Tie a knot at the end.
     12. Tie another 1 yard piece of string to the knot you just made and repeat steps 10 & 11 until you run out of felted balls.
     13. String on tree! Voila! You have a lovely new homemade garland.
    Note: This also makes a great wreath!
    Now have a very Merry Modern Christmas!
  • 18 comments

    1. Sophie from France said… January 6, 2012 12:56 pm

      Hi, do you know how many balls would be necessary for a rug? thank you!!Sophie

    2. Trendy Tree - Jeannie Pence said… December 3, 2011 6:39 pm

      Learn something new from Pinterest everyday! Thank you for this tutorial…and I plan to share it on my blog with credit and link back to you of course)) Thanks again!

    3. Sarah said… October 7, 2011 2:54 pm

      How long do you think this takes to make?

    4. amy said… August 28, 2011 10:24 am

      I think this garland would be fabulous just about anywhere– not just at Christmas. I'm thinking I'll make it in soft, dreamy colors and drape it in scallops over the headboard in our guestroom!

    5. Emily @ Merrypad said… December 29, 2010 7:59 am

      Very excited to try this out. Love the tutorial – thank you!

    6. Jaderbomb said… December 27, 2010 10:38 am

      I absolutely LOVE this!!!

    7. coffee girl said… December 23, 2010 8:56 pm

      i think it might make a fun necklace, too!

    8. bethany said… December 22, 2010 9:01 pm

      I love this.

    9. Tara said… December 22, 2010 7:20 pm

      love this tutorial… thanks!

    10. Brenda said… December 22, 2010 5:06 pm

      Love this thank you for sharing!

    11. Ana said… December 22, 2010 12:32 pm

      I just read about this on Grossgrain. My daughter loves rainbows, and I'm sure she would love this. Very cute!!

    12. Kathleen Frances said… December 22, 2010 12:25 pm

      Shelley,You would dye before any of the steps. I wrote a tutorial about using RIT dye on my blog. You can find it in the right sidebar in the 'videos' sections.Rachel,To make a 3' chain you would need approximately 70 balls. I made 20 balls from 20 grams. It's about one gram per ball.HOPE THAT HELPS!

    13. Rachel said… December 22, 2010 11:19 am

      Love this idea. Looks so cute!Do you have any idea how much felt it would take to make, say, 3 ft of garland? Just wondering how much to purchase . . .

    14. shelly said… December 22, 2010 9:14 am

      this is adorable!! I might have to make this today. When do you do the dye?

    15. Admitted Fabricaholic said… December 22, 2010 8:08 am

      what an adorable idea! Will have to keep it in the memory bank for next year 🙂

    16. dana said… December 22, 2010 7:52 am

      very cute Kathleen!

    17. The Nielson Family said… December 22, 2010 7:39 am

      I LOVE this tutorial–thank you!!!

    18. Creative Mind said… December 22, 2010 7:35 am

      this is cute..nice tutorial…

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