Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Felt Cell Phone Cases- An Enjoyable Group Project!

Here, choosing colors of roving and pencil roving...

 
...are my beautiful friends! XXO-

 
Wrapping our sponges with fiber.

 
Felting and laughing...

 
...and talking and listening.

 
A finished case, prior to removing the sponge...

..."Look, Ma! I made it myself!!" :)

 
Our finished cell phone cases...



...the 'Papa Bear' one is for an iPhone. 
 
I had a group of dear friends here for a 'Women's Weekend' in March...

...and, as always, we had a wonderful time.

While thinking about something that we could do for fun...

...in the hours between their arrival(s) and our dinner reservation...

...I remembered this quick and easy project!

My MN friend, Becky is the genius behind this project...

...and it seemed perfectly suited for sitting around a table, laughing and catching up.

Starting with a regular kitchen sponge...

...(we stitched two together to make the resist for the larger-sized phone)...

...we wrapped it in layers of wool roving...

...finishing with pencil roving, to help hold everything in place.

After a quick dip in a bowl of warm, soapy water...

...and insertion into a zip-top baggie (remove as much of the air as you can before sealing!)...

...it was time to felt!

We squeezed and rubbed and massaged the baggies while we talked and laughed...

...and it didn't feel as if any time had passed before our wool had turned to felt!

We cut the ends of our cases open to remove the sponges...

...and continued felting for a bit to finish off the 'insides'.

After a rinse and some time to dry...

...our soft new phone cases were finished...

...ready for a little beading or embroidery...

...or no embellishment at all! :)

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16 comments:

FeltFinland said...

I have to try this - looks such fun!
Amanda

Laura said...

What a great group project! Looks like everyone had a great time!

Heather Woollove said...

Amanda and Laura--Thanks! It's a blast...and you can sit while you felt!! :)

Fiona Duthie said...

Such a wonderful story, Heather! And a great idea to work on something during that first getting together again. It was so heartwarming to read! Warm wishes, Fiona

Heather Woollove said...

Fiona--Thanks!! I've known these women for over 20 years, so they are pretty special to me!! XXO-

Rachel said...

What a great project for a an evening of gossip and catch-up!

Rachel said...

What a great project for a an evening of gossip and catch-up!

Becky Utecht said...

Oh, I love to the see the smiles on their faces! So glad you got a chance to try this out with your friends. I can't claim credit for the idea though. I read about it on one of the feltmaker's lists.

Janine said...

great, I love the idea of the sponch!! It looks realy a funny day at your place!!

GalaFilc said...

Fine workshop ))))

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--So true!!
Becky--It worked out perfectly. Thanks for sharing the feltmaker's list idea!
Janine--It was so much fun (I think you can tell!)
Galina--I think it would work beautifully for children, too!

FELT! by Gina said...

Something else for my to-do list - looks like great fun. :o)

FeltersJourney said...

Thats a nice, fun project to work on while you were chatting away! Not much mess either with the zip-lock bags.. good idea!
Glad you had a lovely time :)

Heather Woollove said...

Gina--Oh, yes! Let me know how it goes when you try it!!
Deborah--We had dish towels on our laps in case of spills, but it was the perfect thing to do while sitting around, drinking wine and talking! :)

Светлана said...

How nice to have so many friends on creativity, you and your friends are very beautiful!
Svetlana

Heather Woollove said...

Svetlana--Thank you! Yes...the photos are of my sweet friends who I find beautiful, too!! XXO-