Yesterday, I felted two of my favorite cashmere sweaters (click on the link to see how easy felting a sweater is). Felting turns your sweater from a relatively loosely knitted weave into a strong, tight weave. The hot water, detergent and agitation, mats the fibers together and your sweater becomes a lovely, fluffy piece of felt.
What I love so much about working with sweater felt is that the felting process provides you with a fabric that not only comes in so many wonderful colors and textures, but is also totally ‘cutable’! When you cut a felted sweater, it will not unravel, it will not fray… it will give you a lovely clean edge – just the perfect medium for a person like me who doesn’t sew all that much!
Yesterday, my children weren’t feeling so very well. They needed comfort and I suggested we make a soothing Aromatherapy Rice Pillow for them. Not just any Microwavable Rice Pillow… oh no! Our one would be made from felted cashmere! Can you imagine how luxurious this would feel to a poor sick baby?
We needed a felted cashmere sweater, a needle and thread and scissors…
And for the aromatherapy part, I provided a selection of my sweetest smelling teas.
Cut the arm off the felted sweater, just under the armpit. Then cut off the cuff so that you have a tube to work with.
K chose my Ruby Red Chai – not surprising as it’s the tea she drinks when she’s not feeling well.
Please note how I turned over the top edge of the tube so that tea leaves did not get stuck onto the outside of the rice pillow. If your child is anything like mine… one little itch from a stray stalk of tea would have the rice pillow thrown indignantly into the corner, never to be touched again. A Princess and the Pea I have here!
Fill the felted sweater tube up with the rice until it is about an inch from the top. If you wiggle it gently on the ground, the rice will settle and you’ll get a better idea of how much more rice to add.
When our rice pillow was adequately filled, I sewed it closed. Please don’t look too closely at my sewing… as I said earlier, sewing isn’t my strong point *blush*, *blush*.
We popped K’s gorgeously aromatic rice pillow into the microwave for 1 minute and put it into her bed to warm and sooth her as she read her favorite book.
She is feeling much better, thank you, although she walks around with her sweet smelling mauve pillow as if it’s her newest best friend. Now I have orders for one from Mr T AND A Good Man… seems like I’m going to be busy felting sweaters!
Blessings and magic.