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Felted Scarf and Fingerless Gloves

Materials Needed:

  • Felted wool sweaters
  • One Button for Scarf
  • Embroidery Floss for Fingerless Gloves

Felting Wool

Wash wool sweaters in hot water and a tablespoon of laundry detergent. Machine dry on high heat. Repeat 2 or 3 times, until you reach the desired shrinkage. The more times the sweaters are run through this process, the thicker and tighter the wool will become, which is what will prevent raveling.

Instructions for Scarf:

Step 1. Use the 3” hexagon shape shown here as your template:

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Step 2. Cut 20 hexagons from various felted sweaters; the more sweaters you use the greater variety in color and pattern you will have to work with. This will create a scarf that measures 60” long.

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Step 3. Place two hexagons next to each other as shown, butting the edges together. Using a zigzag stitch, machine-stitch the hexagons together, stitching over as many times as you feel is necessary for the seam to be secure.

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Step 4. Continue to stitch together the remaining hexagons end-to-end, until you have one long row of hexagons forming the scarf. Using a zigzag or other decorative stitch, machine-stitch all around the edges of the scarf.

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Step 5. Try on the scarf to determine the desired positioning of the button and buttonhole. Create buttonhole and sew button in place, forming scarf closure as shown.

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How to Make Fingerless Gloves

Step 1. Cut sweater sleeves to desired length of hand warmers.

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Step 2. If the sleeve has become too narrow in the washing/felting process, cut the sleeve open lengthwise and insert a strip of felted fabric as needed to widen. Layer the strip edges over the glove edges, as shown here, and pin in place.

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Step 3. Using embroidery floss, hand stitch the strip to the glove, sewing the stitches close enough to keep the strip securely in place.

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Step 4. Cut the thumb hole to size and use a blanket or whip stitch around the opening with embroidery floss. This will not only be a decorative element, it will also reinforce the edges while wearing.

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Step 5. Cut flower, flower center and leaves from felted fabric as desired, using the templates below:

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Step 7. Hand-stitch the center to the flower, tucking the center edges under to keep the center slightly puffed and three-dimensional. Embellish the leaves with embroidery floss by placing a row of stitches up the center of each leaf.

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Step 8. Sew flower and leaves to top of glove as shown. If desired, you can add a row of blanket or whip stitching to the edges of the gloves to coordinate with the stitching that reinforces the thumb opening.

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