Turn unused wool sweaters into adorable felted baby blocks with this simple how-to from "The Martha Stewart Show" crafter Kirsten Earl.
Tools and Materials
- Old or damaged 100-percent-wool sweaters
- Dye- and fragrance-free detergent
- Sweater de-fuzzing comb
- Soft foam cubes of different sizes
- Utility knife
- Scraps of mat board or cardboard
- Rotary cutter
- Perle cotton embroidery thread
- Hand-sewing needle
- Caged bell cat toy
Baby Blocks How-To
1. Shrink and felt sweaters: Wash the sweaters in a washing machine with plenty of detergent and hot water. Some sweaters may require several washings to get the best result. Dry in clothes dryer on high heat.
2. Use a sweater comb to remove pills and soften felted sweaters.
3. Measure sides of foam cube and cut a square from mat board or cardboard to match dimensions. Use this template to cut 6 squares from various felted sweaters with a rotary cutter.
4. Sew five squares together into a cube with a blanket stitch, leaving off the sixth side.
5. Cut into foam cube with utility knife, and stuff caged bell cat toy into center. Stuff foam cube into stitched squares. Attach last square with a blanket stitch, securing foam inside.
Foam cubes available at some craft stores and can be custom cut by efoamstore.com.