How to Make Wet Felted Coin and Spectacle Purses
Everything is so much better if there is love!
Needle/Wet Felted Coin Purse with Spectacle Case
Ladybugs, Hearts and cute little Cups and Saucers
Will you be my Valentine?
Items required to complete this project
- A small narrow Party Balloon approximately 11 cm in length
- 2 Small round Party Balloons, approximately 11 cm in length
- Red and white Merino Wool Roving
- A Tumble Dryer
- Grated olive oil soap dissolved in hot water or Dish-washing liquid diluted in hot water.
- A sushi Mat and a Tea Towel
- 1 tiny Curved Metal Purse Frame (Coin Purse Frame)
- 1 medium size curved Metal Purse Frame for (Spectacle Case)
- 1 Needle Felting Tool or 1 single Felting Needle
About this Project
Following the very popular Polka Dot Wet Felted Coin Purse Tutorial which I did with Polystyrene Balls, I have been experimenting with Party Balloon which I find to be a very simple easy and effective way to make these delightful little Coin Purses. They are so easy to make that I feel that these items could be made by children with the help of an adult. The Needle Felting can be left out and a mix of colors in Merino Wool Roving can be substituted in the beginning stages of this Tutorial.
The end result has far exceeded my expectations.
The tiny red and white Cups and Saucers shown here were purchased from a thrift shop for £2.
The Cups and Saucers were my inspiration for this Valentine's project. They make great photography props too.
- Begin by adding a little water to both balloons.
- Blow both the balloons up to around forty percent larger than the size you want your completed purse and spectacle case to be.
- Knot the ends of the balloons as shown here and then gather together some red and white Wool Roving along with a small bowl of hot soapy water, 2 curved Purse Frames and 1 tiny and 1 medium size one. The size is dependent on how large an opening you would like your purse to have.
- Put a pair of glasses through the opening to check that they will fit through.
Items required to do this Project
Party balloons, Merino Wool Roving and a Felting Needle
- Blow up the balloons.
- As can be seen here, the larger of the two purse frames fits the top of the blown up party balloon.
- Both balloons uninflated are very small - about 11 cm from the opening to the end of the balloon. Don't inflate the balloons completely, blow them up to around 40% larger than the project you are going to make. Shrinkage should be around 40%.
- This can vary and will depend entirely on the type of wool you use and how much you felt the project in the tumble dryer.
Two Coin Purse Frames, Wool Roving and a Needle Felting Tool
Wet the Small Balloon in Warm Soapy Water.
- Wet the balloon in the warm soapy water. The woolen fibers will adhere to the balloon when it is wet.
- Don't make the water too hot, try to avoid having the balloon burst on you. It has not happened to me yet so I think it unlikely that it will happen to you.
A Bowl of Warm Soapy Water and a Balloon
Smooth out a piece of Wool Roving and Wrap it around the Wet Balloon
Wrap the White Roving around the Wet Balloon
- Flatten out a piece of Wool Roving and pull off sufficient to go right around the center of the balloon with just a little overlap.
- Pull a piece from the long length with your fingers and then wrap it around the Balloon.
- Fold the raw edges one over the other.
Balloon Wrapped with White Roving
Tea Towel or a Sushi Mat!
Note: You may wish to use a Tea Towel instead of a Sushi Mat.
Dip the overlapped ends into Warm Soapy Water.
- Dip the overlapped ends of the Wool Roving into the warm soapy water.
- Flatten the damp fibers where they were overlapped on a Sushi Mat which should be placed on a waterproof surface.
Dip the Loose Ends into Hot Soapy Water
Covering Balloon with Wool Roving.
- Repeat the last step one more time until the Party Ballon is completely covered in Wool Roving as is shown in the image below.
- Repeat the first layer and then fill in any gaps if there are any.
- Smooth out the layers until you have an evenly covered Party Balloon
- The items should be covered in two thick layers of wool roving.
- The end product will be firm to the touch and keep their shape.
Cover the Balloon in 2 Layers of Wool Roving
If the layers are not put down in even layers you will have thin/or thick spots in your finished product.
Any gaps should be filled with roving at this stage.
Wet the Fibers
- Use a small sponge to wet the fibers.
- You want the wool to be wet through but not saturated so that the fibers do not become displaced.
Wet the Layers with Warm Soapy Water
Roll the Wool covered Balloon on a Sushi Mat/Kitchen Towel
- Roll the Wool covered bBloon on a Sushi Mat until all the fibers have adhered to the balloon.
- Check now to see if you can see if there is any color from the ball showing through.
- If you find any, pull off small pieces of White Roving with your fingers and place them on the thin spots and then resume rolling until you have a neat, wet, covered balloon as shown here.
- This won't take long - you don't need to roll it for a long time. We are are going to use the tumble dryer to felt the project from here on now.
Rolling the Balloon on a Sushi Mat
The Wool Covered Party Balloon
- The image below shows how the Fibers have adhered to the Party Balloon.
Two at a Time!
- If you are making both items, repeat the above steps using the long Balloon.
The Wool Covered Long Party Balloon
I generally put my Project into a pair of stockings or tights now but I want to avoid getting any fibers from the tights on my project - brown does not look good on white. You could of course. use a white pair of tights!
However, I tried freezer bags underneath the tights and I am completely sold on this idea. It works beautifully. The finished product remained white and bright.
Tie the Project into a Freezer Bag
- Place the wool covered Party Balloon into a Freezer Bag and knot the end.
Project inside the Freezer Bag
Project Covered with Tights (White for a White Project)
Repeat the Process!
- Place both the items into a Tumble Dryer.
- After about 8 minutes check the contents of the bags. The Freezer Bag will be warm and may even be filled with some soapy water. If so, take the balls out of the bags, turn the bag inside out and place the balloons back in. Rinse the soap off and put the Project back into the Tumble Dryer.
- Continue doing this until you are happy that the wool has felted properly.
- Once felted, take the bags off and allow both of the balloon to dry off a bit in the tumble dryer without any bag or tights on them.
Getting the Purse Frame to Fit!
- Check that you have the correct size for your coin purse by opening the frame and placing it over the top of the Project.
Checking the Size of the Frame!
Measure the Opening!
- The opening should be approximately fo 4 cm to begin with.
Draw a Line across the top of the Ball
- Draw a line across the top of the ball with a felt tipped pen. It should be one which will dissolve in air or in water. The opening should measure approximately 4 cm.
Prepare to Needle Felt the Ladybugs
Extract the Party Balloon!
- Cut the opening and extract the ball by pricking it with a needle.
- Pour out the water which you will find inside the felted ball.
- It can easily be poured out of the ball which will barely get wet when it pops.
The salad spinner has become one of my favorite felting tools. I use it regularly as an aid in my felting projects. Any excess water can easily be removed with the spinner and it can also be used to good effect when making felt balls.
Place in the Salad Spinner to Dry
Putting the Lid on the Spinner
The Spectacle/Glasses Case with the Balloon Extracted
Hearts and Ladybugs
- Using a single felting needle, needle felt the hearts and ladybugs or decorate as desired.
- Remember to place a small sponge or a piece of curtain netting inside the purse to make it easy to work on.
- My hearts were cut from out from some thin sheets of plastic.
Hearts and ladybugs/not perfect but just an example
The Felted Items
Which of the these felting projects are of the most interest to you?
Needle felt the Hearts and Ladybugs.
After needle felting the hearts and ladybugs onto the two items, place a small blown up balloon into the smaller one. Inflate it but don't allow it to fill the cavity completely. You want the felt to shrink further so don't fill the cavity.
Wet the ball with hot soapy water, not too much, just sufficient to wet the project.
Put the tights back on.
Repeat this with the spectacle case but this time, stuff a piece of curtain netting or similar fabric into the cavity of the case as the longer balloons don't quite give you the shape you are looking for. You can flatten the original shape a bit by hitting them against a hard surface. It will soon firm up and get the shape you see here. Just hit the areas you want to shape.
Wet with hot soapy water, not too much and put back into a plastic bag and tights.
Put both items in the tumble dryer to felt further.
Keep on checking the felting process
The items will shrink considerably.
Remove the balls from the bags and the tights and rinse in hot and cold water. If they have not shrunk enough, take them from the freezer bag, rinse them in hot and cold water and then put them into a freezer bag and smack them against an outside wall or against the kitchen sink. Once completely fulled, you can sew on the purse frame as shown in my previous coin purse tutorial http://sallybea.hubpages.com/hub/Fabulous-Felt-How-to-Make-a-tiny-Wet-Felted-Coin-Purse-A-Free-Tutorial or look at the video included at the bottom of this page.
Prepare to Sew on the Kiss Purse Frames
The Completed Coin Purse
Let Music be the Sign of Love and Romance!
Music Scroll with Red Felted Rose
The Competed Spectacle Case and the Small Coin Purse
How to Sew on the Metal Frame Kiss Frames
© 2015 Sally Gulbrandsen