Nov 29 2011

Felt Ball Alphabet Tutorial

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As I promised you last week, I’m posting another project using felt balls (am I obsessed with felt ball? Hell, yeah!). This time I’m making alphabetical letters; I think these letters would be cute Christmas ornaments or decorations, also perfect for stocking fillers!

You’ll need:

  • felt balls (I used 15 felt balls for the letter ‘e’)
  • wire, the length of your letter + 10cm (I used 20 gauge Artistic Wire)
  • awl/ large eyed needle
  • round nose pliers
  • flat nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • small amount of wool fibre and a felting needle (optional)

Instructions:

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1) Arrange the felt balls to make the shape of the letter you’re going to make. This should give you the idea of how long the wire needs to be.

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2) Using round nose pliers, bend the end of the wire into a small loop.

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3) Using flat nose pliers, bend the loop at a 90 degrees angle.

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4) Poke a hole through the ball with an awl or a large eyed needle.

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5) And thread the felt ball to the wire.

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The loop you created at step 2 and 3 will stop the ball from falling off.

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6) Keep threading the felt balls. If the wire is hard to thread, use flat nose pliers to grab the wire, and push out the needle/awl with the wire.

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7) When you are done threading the felt balls, bend the wire and secure the shape by wrapping the wire between the balls, then cut the excess wire.

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This is how the wrapped wire looks from other angle.

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8) Bend the wire to form an ‘e’ shape. And you know what? You’re done!

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9) If you have wool fibre the same colour as the ball at the end, you could cover the wire loop. Place small amount of fibre on the ball, and gently needle felt it (I say gently, because the needle will break easily if it hits the wire).

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See, the loop is invisible now!

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I made letter ‘J’ and ‘k’ for my friends; making the k shape was a little bit tricky (could you even guess it was a ‘k’…? I really hope so!).

For J, I made ‘-’ shape and ‘l’ shape, then wrapped the end of the ‘l’ wire at the middle of ‘-’. For k, I made two ‘l’s, then wrapped the wire at the middle of ‘l’. Wow, it’s bloody hard to explain! But I assure you, they are pretty easy to make :)

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I’m going to put some cords at the top of J and k so that I could use them as gift tags, and then later my friends could put them on their Christmas trees.

And for the e, I’m keeping it as it is; it’s a new addition to my ‘e’ collection :) Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and happy crafting!

 

I’m linking this post on Today’s Creative Blog, Katie’s Nesting Spot, Junk in their Trunk, Sassy Sites!, The Shabby Nest and Flamingo Toes; make sure you check them!

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3 Commnents to “Felt Ball Alphabet Tutorial”

  1. Love this!! I too love felt balls…so colorful and playful!! I would love for you to come share this at our link party…junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-5.html

  2. Thank you Lima! I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who is obsessed with felt balls :) Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I love your creations with felt balls, I think I pinned on my pinterest board more than half of them XD
    Great work, your blog in very inspiring :)

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