Felted Pinwheels (A Tutorial)

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Have you tried felting yet?  It’s so easy and a fun effect.  We’ve been making these little mixed color pinwheels for accessories. Boo’s favorites are the rainbow ones. With this technique using pipecleaners it’s easy to make a long “rope-like” piece of felted wool.

First, you need some wool roving (I got mine from Dharma Trading)…..and a little bag goes a long way.  It comes in a variety of colors:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial  1 via lilblueboo.com

 

You’ll also need a felting pen:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial Felting Pen via lilblueboo.com

 

Other supplies include:
pipecleaners
Fabric glue
Hot glue gun or ES6000
Dishsoap
Plastic kitchen saran wrap

To start I began wrapping a small piece of wool roving around the end of a pipecleaner:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial pipecleaner via lilblueboo.com

 

Using the felting pen I punched it in a few places to secure it in place. (See my basic needle felting tutorial here to understand this process fully)

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process via lilblueboo.com

 

Add your next color around the pipecleaner making sure to overlap the colors and use the felting pen to attach them:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 1 via lilblueboo.com

 

Continue adding roving until your entire pipecleaner is completely covered with a consistent thickness wool. This is what it will look like:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 2 via lilblueboo.com

 

Dip your wool/pipecleaner into hot, soapy water:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 3 via lilblueboo.com

 

Then remove it and lay it onto a long piece of saran wrap….and wrap it up as shown below:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 4 via lilblueboo.com

 

Using the palms of your hands roll the piece back and forth for about a minute…..this will start the felting process. You will feel the wool start to become denser and denser as you roll it back and forth:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 5 via lilblueboo.com

 

Remove the felted piece and wring out any excess water. Then you can start to curl it up at one end……

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 6 via lilblueboo.com

 

…..to form a pinwheel shape:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 7 via lilblueboo.com

 

Secure the pinwheel with a pin and let it dry overnight. When it is dry you can unroll it and add a dab of fabric glue in between the rolls to keep the shape secure:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 8 via lilblueboo.com

 

Once the pinwheel was dry and finished, I cut a circle from a piece of craft felt (just slightly smaller than the pinwheel):

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 9 via lilblueboo.com

 

Using household glue (ES6000 kind) to glue it to the bottom of the pinwheel:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 10 via lilblueboo.com

 

Using a glue gun I attached the finished pinwheel to a generic headband (this one I bought from Target in a pack of 3):

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 11 via lilblueboo.com

 

Press the pinwheel so it forms to the headband:

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 12 via lilblueboo.com

 

Finished!

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 13 via lilblueboo.com

 

You can also add them to little hairclips if you prefer…..or alligator clips to add them to shoes!

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial process 14 via lilblueboo.com

 

 

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  1. 1
    ChristyB says:

    These are really cute! I’m totally going to try this – thanks!

    C.

  2. 2
    Suzanne says:

    How cute! I have never tried felting before. It is a nice change up to rosies!

  3. 3

    SO FUN!!!! I have a little felting kit that I have not even tried yet and really, really want to… summer project with kiddos? And this will be such a fun project to do together with my girls! Thank you for such a sweet & a fun project!

  4. 4
    Catherine says:

    if you happen to have any window screen laying around it works really well for felting too (instead of the plastic wrap) at least that’s what they taught us to use in the craft/fine art department at school)

  5. 5
    Melissa says:

    Very cute, thanks for sharing the tutorial! I have only felted items that I have knitted though I have been interested in needle felting for years. Maybe it is time to give it a go….

  6. 6

    This is sweet. I’ve never felted anything before but perhaps I could manage this. I think my 4 year old would love it.