Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Slider made from wool sweaters

I made this mini-burger out of different colors of wool sweaters that I felted in the washer. I sewed all the different pieces first, with beige embroidery floss. Then I put a few stitched through the whole thing, starting at the bottom of the top bun, going through everything to the top of the bottom bun piece. That way, all of the individual pieces don't get lost.

This slider is about 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide.

More wool playfood

Fruits and veggies I have made:

Slices of mushrooms, tomatoes and cucumbers for salad


Slices of lemon



Friday, September 5, 2008

Wool playfood

Here are some items I made with wool sweaters:

Yummy personal pan pizza with our favorite toppings, black olives, mushrooms and green peppers.

Pizza with 4 different slices (about 8 inches across).

A cheese omelet!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

My first post

I love making items by recycling other items. Last year I learned how to make food for my daughter's play kitchen out of old wool sweaters I found at Goodwill. It has become a fun hobby of mine and I have recently branched out to making wool animals for her to play with. Wool felt is amazingly easy to work with, washes well, and looks nicer than synthetic felt.

To make wool felt, you simply wash the sweater on hot. Sometimes the sweaters you can find are already felted by their old owners, probably by mistakenly tossing a wool sweater in the dryer.

I buy "food colored" wool sweaters at Goodwill and sometimes garage sales. Around here, a sweater is $3.38 full price but a lot of times I can find outdated sweaters on sale for $1.69 on half-price day, or a quarter on Mondays.

You can also use wool skirts, blankets, suits, etc, as long as they are 100% wool.

To felt:

Cut up the sleeves so you don't get a fold mark, it gives more "fabric" that way.
Wash like colors on HOT with regular detergent or sometimes I use blue Dawn.
Rinse until there are no more suds in your washer.
Dry on hot, cleaning out the lint trap often.

I use the cuffs and hems as stuffing for my items. I like to use the blanket stitch (with cotton embroidery floss) to sew the wool.

Here is an example, and I will be posting everything I made with pictures later.