How to Needle Felt a Hat

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How to Needle Felt a Hat
You can make a beautiful needle felted wool hat by following a few easy steps. (woman outdoor shopping image by jeancliclac from Fotolia.com)

Needle felting is a craft that involves poking wool batting and wool roving with a special needle in order to felt the wool together. Needle felting can be used to create many different handicrafts, including hats. If you are interested in needle felting a wool hat, it is necessary to follow a few guidelines to ensure that the hat will be properly felted, will be large enough to wear, and will look beautiful.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 113gr. wool roving
  • 227gr. wool batting
  • Fine felting needle
  • Heavy felting needle
  • 12-inch sponge ball

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Hold a 12-inch sponge ball in your lap. You can purchase a sponge ball from any sporting goods or craft supply stores.

  2. 2

    Drape wool batting over the top half of the sponge ball. Make sure that the wool lays evenly across the top of the ball.

  3. 3

    Poke a heavy felting needle around the batting to felt the wool together. As you poke the needle into the wool, it will become tighter and more dense. Try to felt the wool evenly across the entire top half of the ball.

  4. 4

    Drape coloured wool roving over the felted wool batting. You can drape the wool in whatever pattern you prefer.

  5. 5

    Poke a fine felting needle into the wool roving to felt it to the batting.

  6. 6

    Once felted, gently remove the wool felt hat from the ball.

  7. 7

    Hold the hat upside down in your hand to reveal the inside.

  8. 8

    Poke the fine felting needle into the inside of the hat to felt it down smoothly.

  9. 9

    Put on your newly felted wool hat.

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