Felt Ball Mat Tutorial
Hello lovelies, how is your Christmas presents preparation going? I am, in fact, in a state of panic; Mr T and I are going back to Japan in two weeks for one month (yay!), and we have to get everything done – everything including work, lovely tax calculation, sending out Christmas cards, getting souvenirs and Christmas presents for friends and families… So, while sorting out all the above, I am frantically making some Christmas presents. And today, I made a small mat (or you may call it ‘a rather big coaster’) using felt balls for my mum.
I was going to make a felt ball rug at first, like the images above (photo from here and here), but oh how I was defeated! I spent so many hours making felt balls, but in the end I just didn’t have enough time. So, if you have felt balls (made ones or bought ones) rolling around your house, follow me and make some coasters!
- felt balls (I used 68 felt balls, and the mat is about 14cm in diameter)
- needle and strong thread (I used waxed cord)
1) Thread the needle and string up the felt balls.
2) Keep on going…
3) When you think you have enough felt balls on string, roll the string into a tight circle and see if you need to add more balls. When you finish threading the balls, make sure you ‘squash’ the balls together a little bit before tying a knot at the end; this will prevent the thread from showing later.
4) Next, start sewing each balls together tightly from the edge. Enter the thread from the side (for example, from between the yellow ball and the red ball in the picture), and exit out the needle at a 90 degrees angle so that the thread won’t show.
5) And continue sewing the balls together (in this photo, red to pink, pink to dusty blue, dusty blue to blue, blue to black and so on). This is a bit tricky at first; try to keep the circle shape while sewing, and try not to make gaps between the balls!
6) When you finish connecting the balls, try and make a knot on the ball that is the same colour as the thread.
You’re done, and ready to admire your hard work :)
I made it for my mum, but I want it for myself as well! It brings colour and warmth to the room, and it does feel warm, too :)
One advice from me if you are using needle felted balls; make sure you felt the balls nice and dense, then wet felt them as a finishing touch. This will make the felt balls much more durable, and will prevent them from shrinking when you give it a wash. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial :)