You can make woolly bobbles from yarn or by felting fleece or wool scraps. Woolly bobbles are typically used for hats but you can use them to embellish jumpers, cardigans and scarves, to decorate blankets or even make textile jewellery. Small felt bobbles can be turned into heads for pipe-cleaner figures. Larger yarn bobbles can be joined together to make yarn pets.
Lay two pieces of card one on top of the other. Draw a large circle on the top piece using compasses or by using a round object as a template. Draw a second, much smaller circle in the middle of the first. Cut out the large circle. Cut a slit into the centre of the circle. Cut out the smaller central circle. You should be left with two identical doughnut shapes made from card.
Wrap yarn around both the C-shaped cards, winding from the edge to the centre, until the hole in the middle is too full to take any more yarn. Be careful that the loops of yarn don't slip off at the cut.
Snip around the edge of the yarn doughnut until all the loops are cut. Open up the gap between the two pieces of cardboard a little. Feed a single length of yarn all around the doughnut so that it circles the hole. Wind it a few times and pull it tight. Secure the ends in a firm knot. Do not cut the loose ends of the length of yarn. Fluff up your woolly bobble. It is now ready to sew onto a hat or other item of clothing. You can use the long ends of the central piece of yarn to do this.
Take a small section of unspun fleece or a small handful of wool scraps. Wet with a mixture of detergent and water. Squeeze to form a ball.
Place the ball of felt in the toe of an old sock or pair of tights.
Roll the felt, still in the sock, between your hands so that the ball shape is maintained. Continue this until the ball is solidly felted. Alternatively, you can tie off the neck of the sock and put it in the washing machine on a hot setting.
Make bobble pets by gluing felt eyes, noses and mouths to yarn pom poms.
Don't allow very small children and babies to play with woolly bobbles unsupervised or have clothes or bedding with woolly bobbles sew on. They can pose a choking hazard.
Tips and warnings
- Make bobble pets by gluing felt eyes, noses and mouths to yarn pom poms.
- Don't allow very small children and babies to play with woolly bobbles unsupervised or have clothes or bedding with woolly bobbles sew on. They can pose a choking hazard.
Things you need
- Stiff card
- Compasses or round object
- Fleece or wool scraps
- Old socks or tights