How to Make Felt with Kids

Felting is an art and a craft that goes back thousands of years. Wool felt is still used today for many things, being a strong and versatile fabric like no other that is warm and doesn’t fray. I love using felt when working with children as it is easy to sew, has a charming and engaging texture, comes in many colors and doesn’t fray. You might think that it would be difficult to make your own felt, but it is easy enough for kindergartners to be successful.

Picture of laid out roving by author.

What you will need:

  • Carded and washed wool, preferably roving. Roving is the wool that has been carded into a sort of rope for ease of spinning, dyeing and felting. You can get roving in natural colors, right off the sheep colors, or any other color that you desire. Roving can be purchased direct from sellers on line, often right off the farm, but it can also be purchased from yarn stores, such as the Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas. Free plug, because I love that store.

  • Dish soap. Plain old dish soap.

  • A tub or bin for setting the wool and hot water/dish soap in. I use a small, plastic wash basin.

  • A cup, mug or glass.

  • Microwavable dish that can hold more than two cups of hot water.

  • Scissors for ease of cutting the roving.

  • A clothes iron.

  • Dish towels or paper towels, enough for each child to have two.

Step One: Line up your wool.

  • Roving is the easiest to use with children, particularly those of a young age.

  • Cut three equal lengths off your roving, that roughly match the length of the short side of your bin.

  • Spread out the first bit into a square, using your fingers to spread out the fibers of wool. Try to keep it even over the square, with no thick bits or holes. If you do have such, pull the fibers of the thick parts over to fill in the holes. Don’t stress about this though. Felt is not perfect, and it is more interesting because of it!

  • Put your first square in the bin with the fibers running horizontally.

  • Take your second length of roving and separate into a square. When you have a square the same size as the first lay the second square over the top of the first, but with the fibers running vertically, cross hatched over the top of the first.

  • Take your third length of roving and do the same, but lay it on top of the second with the fibers running horizontally, cross hatched again.

  • You may do more layers if you wish, but you don’t have to.

  • If you are using something other than roving, say just a bunch of carded wool, you can use more layers laid out in the same manner, but make them thinner.

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  1. How clever… and here I was throwing wool away!
    (We had a few sheep, and shearing them was always only an expense, nobody wants the wool).

  2. Wow Annie sounds unbelievable easy. What a great post. I will forward your link to my daughter she does crafts with kids all the time at school. Great post Annie very well written and presented.

  3. I’ve bookmarked this page. Christmas holidays are coming and am planning to do this with my daughter.

  4. A nice entry

  5. Seems so easy!

  6. fantastic guide. I too throw away the wool, and actually have more hair sheep now than wool ones. My wife does the shearing, but wool isn worth much in my area. Pity.

  7. So much easier than spinning the wool and then weaving!

  8. good share

  9. I love crafts. Thanks!

  10. nice post thanks for sharing

  11. nice

  12. Excellent share! Thankyou, for such a nice job.

  13. Interesting

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