Friday, February 4, 2011

Two Projects Made From Leftover Felt

A piece of a purple bark scarf (what was I thinking?), cut to fit around my dust mop.

 


Environmentally sound dusting...just shake or wash the cover, then re-use!

 


Stuffing scrap felt into an onion bag.

 


Won't my birds have colorful nests this year?

 


I have a drawer full of felt scraps from finished projects...

...and every now and then, I like to think of new ways to use them!

I had read somewhere about using a sock, instead of expensive, disposable cloths with my dust mop...

...so I decided to try to fashion one out of felt!

I cut and wrapped the piece around my mop, stitching the ends...

...and attached two small pieces of velcro to the flaps for easy removal.

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The nesting material bag is an idea that I appropriated from my friend, Ruth...

...and I can't wait to watch as the bag empties, and the felt-lined nests appear!! :)

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18 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

Great ideas! I've seen a lot of people who knit or crochet a cozy for their mop but I love the felt idea!

Since I sort fiber for other Alpaca Farms, I will create little grab bags to give the birds using the waste fleece that is already full of hay and too much VM for processing. I always hope that the mice don't think the gift is for them ;-)

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Fiona said...

Love the nesting bag idea. Will try it out.......soon!

Tamara said...

What great ideas! I have the same mop and have tons of scraps of felt. Thanks for sharing.

Andria said...

I love both ideas, excellent ways to reuse things!

Beth said...

I love both ideas, but I MUST make a nesting bag. Must!

HADIAH SCHUMACHER said...

That's a super and exiting idea!
Kommende Sommer kannst du geniessen von farbige Vögelnesten.
Hadiah

AllyB said...

You're gonna have some spoiled birds in your neighborhood. Such a great use of scraps. Do you suppose birds can see colors? If they can I know they'll appreciate your generous offering. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, girls!! What an outpouring of comments this morning...YAY!!
I don't know if you can see it, but I also included some roving that I pulled off of my drum carder (mixed colors and too ugly to really use otherwise) in the net bag, as well.
Yes, Hadiah...I can't wait for "Sommer"!!

Beth said...

Candy thermometers :-)

Darling, do not be afraid! It's only sugar....if you mess up, not much lost. BUT, you won't mess up....it's so easy! Just be sure you have TIME on your hands. You must stand at the stove and stir and stir. My candy took a full hour to reach temp.....but that's it....rewarding! do it! do it!

~Beth

Patty Biermans said...

Maybe there wil be some colourful birds coming to get the colorful wool for colorful nesting ;-)). And then there wil be colorful eggs, and then new colorful little birds. Is this to much? Hugzz..Peebee

vilterietje said...

says one bird to another: where did you find that colourful lining for your nest? oh, you know, at a tree at that ladies house which cleans with a recycled mop hahahaha:)

fiberdance said...

cool ideas-I'm saving the scraps from my drum carder for a friend-and me too

Knot By Gran'ma said...

Totally want to do a nesting bag... just with wool yarn. Such good uses of leftovers. Thanks for sharing!

Heather Woollove said...

Beth--You're so funny!! Thanks for the encouraging words!!
Peebee--Never too much, dear friend!!
Riet--You and Peebee are cracking me up today (translation: making me laugh so hard!!)When are you two getting together this week? I know you'll have a wonderful time together!
Thanks, Fiberdance!
Knot By Gma--I think wool yarn would be smashing! I think I read somewhere that the pieces should be cut pretty small, so they don't get swallowed. Could that be true?
I guess we should err on the side of caution, anyway and cut them! :)

Viltalakim said...

two great ideas!!
hugs,
Kim

karen said...

love the idea for the birds nests, fantastic!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kim!! XXOOO-
Karen--I'm not sure how this project would translate to your fabric leftovers, since you use virtually every micron you have in the most ingenious ways!! :)

Sandie Knapp said...

The felt cover for your sweeper is a great idea. I crocheted one for mine too.

And the bag of nesting treats for the birds? I've been building one as I am spinning, with the bits I can't use. Then I combed out my Pomeranian, and clipped my Poodle. So the bag is also now full of soft dog hair as well. I hope my birds enjoy their treats as much as your birds do. :)