Making Rainbow Felt, a Tutorial

Today was such a lovely day, we actually had some sun but by the afternoon it was raining again. I decided to make rainbow felt today and Caiden was my little helper…
We chose some roving that would make rainbows.
We teased out all the colours and lay them down in layers next to eachother and made sure that they overlapped.
We wet the roving with quite warm water all over, very carefully ensuring it was wet all the way through to the other side.
This was the fun part:) We wet our hands, added a little liquid soap, rubbed our hands to make the soap lather and gently moved our hands over the roving again and again to let the fibres bind together firmly. Once the one side is done, turn the felt sheet over so that you can do the same with the other side.
Once you are happy with your felt and it feels like it is a solid piece, it is time to rinse out some of the soap in warm water, making sure to always be very gentle all the time.
Now you can use the ridged surface of your sink. Lay your felt out flat on your draining board and rub it up and down the ridges quite a few times. This binds the felt further and also shrinks it. Turn it over and do the same on the reverse side.
Fill your sink with cool water and rinse out the remaining soap, until your water is clear.
Squeeze out all the water.

Lay your rainbow felt out on a flat surface to dry:) And there you go Felt!
Our song we sang while we worked…

Slowly, slowly, slowly
Move hands to and fro
On a sea of silver
Let the colours glow
Colours become rainbows
Shining through so bright
Slowly, slowly, slowy
Radiant, glorious light…

I think we will make necklace purses with our felt… We will blog them soon…
Happy weekend to everyone.


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23 Responses to Making Rainbow Felt, a Tutorial

  1. angela February 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this looks so fun and perfect for little hands

  2. Hip Mountain Mama February 5, 2010 at 11:57 pm #

    Love it! The kids and I are really into playing with wool these day and they are going to LOVE this!!

  3. Joy February 6, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    Beautiful! Did you have problems with it getting thin between colors? Love the song. 🙂

  4. The Magic Onions February 6, 2010 at 3:56 am #

    Stunning, Linda… K will LOVE making rainbow felt. The colors you chose are so lovely and bright. THank you for sharing this tutorial on Friday’s Nature Table.
    Blessings and magic.

  5. renee ~ heirloom seasons February 6, 2010 at 4:10 am #

    Wonderful and beautiful. I am very drawn to the idea of making our own felt. So far we have done much more needle felting than wet felting, but I’m certain there are all kinds of felting projects in our future. Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you and your family have a lovely happy weekend!
    With love, Renee

  6. Heather February 6, 2010 at 4:17 am #

    Linda, this is awesome! Wow, what a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing

  7. farmama February 6, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    Hello Linda!
    How beautiful! I love the rainbow colors! What a good summer day…thanks for sharing!
    with love,

  8. Jill February 6, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    It is sounding as though things are getting back to normal in your home. Thank goodness! Your felt looks lovely and little Caiden’s hands are just perfect for that job!

  9. Linda February 6, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    Hi Joy
    Thanks for stopping by:) I make sure that I overlap the roving quite well at the joins and when I wet it, make sure not to let it move much and then it stays even and thick like the rest of the sheet:)

  10. nocton4 February 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    wonderful, such beautiful colours

  11. K February 7, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    Lovely. You dyed the roving yourselves, I’m guessing. Lackaday – for sheep of my own.

  12. Tan Family February 9, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Oh, I love this! It’s been a while since we’ve done wet felting. Beautiful!!

  13. Kimara@weefolkart February 24, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    Love this. After our long, deary winter days, I’m beginning to ache for bright colors and days warm enough to felt outside! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be linking on Facebook 🙂

  14. Juniper February 25, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    Very nice!! I think this will make a good afternoon activity for my 2.5 year old sometime this week.

  15. Cheryl April 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    I like your idea of using the drainer part of the sink to agitate the felt. We use net and bamboo mats, but I think I’ll try your method next time. I love the idea of making a sheet of rainbow felt. It’s got to be done! Thank you for sharing.

  16. Wabi Sabi Wanderings April 25, 2010 at 4:24 am #

    Brilliant! I love how wet felting is such a fun sensory-rich activity that is fulfilling for a wide age range. I see rainbow felt in our future — thank you! Rainbows make me smile 🙂

  17. AllyB May 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    A great activity, and the felt looks so happy. Thanks for the tutorial, I’ll have to give this a try with my grand-daughter.

  18. Holly Bee May 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    What a fun project! I’ll have to try that with my little helpers!

  19. Kate (KnitsInClass) May 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I think my little guys would like doing this too – (not to mention the fun for grown-up me!)

  20. Dutch Hollow Acres May 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    Ooo fun and pretty project.

  21. WonderWhyGal May 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    Beautiful colors and lots of fun. I need to do more with wet felting. Thank you for sharing with Fiber Arts Friday.

  22. jessecreations May 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    Beautiful felt, I can’t wait to see what you make with it!


  23. Allison May 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    I love felting. This is such a fun and simple project. I look forward to seeing your purses.

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