Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

from Annalisa Chelli - 7 January 2019

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

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.

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Let’s get to work!

Each plant needs approximately:
Extra Fine Merino Wool 10 gr / 0,35 oz
Carded Maori Wool 20 gr / 0,70 oz
Felt needle
Foam rubber
Warm water
Soap
Bubble wrap
Scissors
Thin foam sheet

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

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

extra fine merino wool

Spread a piece of foam rubber on your work surface and place a 20 cm circle of Merino wool layer on it.

carded maori wool

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Lay two layers of Maori on the Merino wool, just around the edge, remaining its center untouched.

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Cover the surface with two layers of Merino wool again, as shown, in a circular direction.

felt layers

felt layers

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.

felt layers

Repeat the procedure, but now on top of the foam sheet.

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Use a needle felt in order to attach the center of Merino layers.

needle felting

needle felting

Take foam rubber away, gently. Place your felt on the bubble wrap.

needle felting

Now wet with soapy water.

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Cover with a piece of bubble wrap and press softly using both hands until the wool is completely wet, on top and under it.

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Roll the material as a “sushi” piece and start rubbing backwards and forwards. Repeat the rolling process until your felt has shrunk 30%

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

extra fine merino wool

rubbing the wool

It should have a diameter of 14 cm, after the rubbing is finished.

rubbing the wool

Remove the foam sheet and drain off surplus water.

cut the petals

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

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.

Tutorial: how to make felt fat plants

carded maori wool

felt fat plants

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.

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