Latest posts by Annalisa Chelli (see all)
- Katy Biele and an embroidery inspired by the gardens in Victoria - 16 June 2019
- Our pure silk tulle - 10 June 2019
- How to make a crochet Tote Bag by Molla Mills - 27 May 2019
How to make extra cute felt fat plants
Micaela Losada from Lub Dup Felt, who has already come up with two Christmas tutorials for us, on how to make felt hearts and stars, has now made some super cute felt cacti plants for us too with nuances and shapes that make them incredibly lifelike. There aren’t many written steps but loads of photos which will surely help during the progression of the project.
Let’s get to work!
How to make felt fat plants
In order to design felt fat plants, you can mix different materials and colors.
I recommend some combinations:
Extra Fine Caipirinha with Carded Dune
Extra Fine Meadow with Carded Rouge
Extra Fine Mint with Carded Shell
Spread a piece of foam rubber on your work surface and place a 20 cm circle of Merino wool layer on it.
Lay two layers of Maori on the Merino wool, just around the edge, remaining its center untouched.
Cover the surface with two layers of Merino wool again, as shown, in a circular direction.
Lay ,on top of the fiber, a 25cm x 25cm square of foam sheet with a whole of 5cm in the middle. Be careful and match the middle of your felt with this whole.
Repeat the procedure, but now on top of the foam sheet.
Use a needle felt in order to attach the center of Merino layers.
Take foam rubber away, gently. Place your felt on the bubble wrap.
Now wet with soapy water.
Cover with a piece of bubble wrap and press softly using both hands until the wool is completely wet, on top and under it.
Roll the material as a “sushi” piece and start rubbing backwards and forwards. Repeat the rolling process until your felt has shrunk 30%
It should have a diameter of 14 cm, after the rubbing is finished.
Remove the foam sheet and drain off surplus water.
Cut the petals. They may have different shapes, if you want. Be careful not to reach the centre. You’ll find your biggest source of inspiration in nature.
Once you have cut petals from both layers, wet them again using soapy water and rub/roll the material as if it were a ball.
Keep on rubbing until the edges have felted.
Drain the extra water again as needed. You can use a towel for the procedure. Choose a pot that you like for your felt fat plants.
You can give your own special shape to each petal using your hands. You can stretch or curve each of the petals. Once you have decided the felt fat plants has the shape you want, put in a warm place to dry.
Don’t throw your scraps away! They can be useful for your future felt creations. You may add different fabrics or fibers, as an option. You just have to place them on top of the Merino layer and proceed as before.
I hope you really enjoy creating your felt fat plants.