Snail Wrist Pincushion (Felting) tutorial
Anyone who sew would understand the frustration of constantly looking for pincushions…
I am not an organise person, in terms of “stuff”, and especially dangerous when I sew, pins are everywhere!!! Mainly ‘cos I only have one pincushion, and I kinda need it in several locations at the same time!!! So I thought it’s time for a wearable pincushion – the first person who came up with this idea is a genius!
My new creation – a Snail Pincushion Bracelet!!
This tutorial uses a combination of wet and needle felting techniques. It’s a fun and practical project yet simple enough for beginners! It also makes a great gift for sewers – who doesn’t need one?
- Grey wool top (also known as wool fibre or roving)
- Yellow wool top
- Moss green wool top (Or choose any 3 colours you like!)
- Soapy water (room temperature is fine)
- 2 pieces of bubble wrap
- a sushi mat
- a section of floating noodle roller
- a dry towel – big enough to cover work area
Lay the towel over the work area, put the sushi mat on top, follow with a layer of bubble wrap.
Step 1 :: Make a felt strip
Hold the grey wool roving loosely with one hand and gently pull small tufts of wool from the end with the other hand. Lay the tufts of wool over the bubble wrap – all in the same direction. This is the first layer.
Now, carefully fold in the ends of the wool fibres on all sides to give straight edges. You should get a rectangle piece like the picture below.
Continue rolling, alternating between the 2 directions for another 3 minutes. Note that you should add more soapy water to keep the wool saturated if you feel it’s drying out.
Step 2 :: Repeat Step one with yellow wool
Now you should have two strips of wool, my strips measure about 3.5cm x 19cm.
Step 3 :: Felt the two strips together
Keep poking on both sides until the two layers are “kind of” stuck together. I used the words “kind of” here, because you will continue felting in the later steps, if you over-felt here, you will have trouble later.
Step 4 :: Make a roll
Step 5 :: Make the cuff
Repeat step one with green wool to make the cuff, and let dry. Felt to desire length according to your wrist. My strip measures about 3.5cm x 18.5cm. I have very small wrist, so yours might not be the same as mine. Note that the direction of rolling is the direction of felting (i.e. shrinking), so be sure that the length of the strip is long enough to wrap around your wrist!
Step 6 :: Stitch pincushion and cuff together
Step 7 :: No more steps! You are done!
I’m really like how the design turned out – so stylish people might think it’s an accessory^0^
This is quite a long post. Please let me know if the instructions weren’t clear enough!
And I hope you like this tutorial!!
Thank you for reading!!