Thursday, August 19, 2010

A New Life for Old Clothes

Wool Felted Bears
Originally uploaded by Pictures by Ann

These bears were made from a wool sweater that I felted in the washing machine and dryer. I hand embroidered the eyes, nose, mouth, and muzzle as well as blanket-stitched around the body.

There is a fabric square on the middle that I blanket-stitched onto the bear; and hand-sewed two buttons on the fabric.

This was inspired by a picture I saw on a Flickr site. Thought it was cute and wanted to make with the felted wool I had.

The bears are small - they fit into the palm of one's hand.

The blue bear I kept and will give to Olivia on the first day she goes to the homeschool co-op. (Kind of like a teddy bear she can hide in her pocket.) The green bear I sent as part of a "Recycle Your Clothing" swap on Swap-bot.

I also made these felted cat toys this week. These each are stuffed with wool from sheep I use to raise and have a jingle bell inside. Needless to say, the cats enjoy the toy because they can get the bell to make a noise the more they play with it and toss it around.

Wool Felt Cat Toys

Another item I made was a coaster for a mug. Saw this idea on the internet, and thought I'd give it a try. Basically, you cut off the hems from jeans you no longer wear. Using a hot glue gun, you glue the hems together to create a very sturdy and dense coaster. I used 7 pairs of jeans (14 hems) to create one coaster. It took a lot more hems than I thought. The next step is to use the fabric from the jeans to create items for the home (a quilt...more placemats...not sure yet).

Blue Jean Coaster Blue Jean Coaster Top


FairiesNest said...

Those bears are adorable!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

I love these little bears.

arianne said...

I love these ideas. Those bears are darling. And I'm always looking for good ideas for all the jeans my little boys wear out. I'll have to try these.