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Project

Felted Baby Blocks

Introduction

Turn unused wool sweaters into adorable felted baby blocks with this simple how-to from crafter Kirsten Earl.

Resources: Foam cubes available at some craft stores and can be custom cut by efoamstore.com.

Materials

  • Old or damaged 100-percent-wool sweaters
  • Dye- and fragrance-free detergent
  • Sweater de-fuzzing comb
  • Soft foam cubes of different sizes
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife
  • Scraps of mat board or cardboard
  • Rotary cutter
  • Perle cotton embroidery thread
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Caged bell cat toy

Steps

  1. Step 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. Step 2

    Use a sweater comb to remove pills and soften felted sweaters.

  3. Step 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. Step 4

    Sew five squares together into a cube with a blanket stitch, leaving off the sixth side.

  5. Step 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.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January 2011