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Felting tutorial - making a Felting Pad
A felting pad to stop you stabbing your knees, fingers, table and dog.
If like me, you get through felting sponges quite fast, here is another type of felting pad that you can make at home, hopefully with materials you already have.
You will need a small amount of sewing skills, but it really is not too difficult to make.
These rice filled felting pads are really useful and will last a LONG time. You can make different sizes for different projects – very useful.
I have now made myself 2 pads. The finished measurement were 4.5”x6” (11.5cmx15cm) for the smaller one and 6”x7.5” (16cmx19cm) for the larger one.
I am already using the smaller one for projects like Needle Felting a TOMTE and the larger one for putting inside a Beret when I add the design.
Should take less than an hour.
These instructions are for a SMALL felting pad, finished size 4.75”x6.25” / 12cmx16cm.
LARGE pad amounts are in (brackets)
- Tight’ish weave Hessian/Burlap:-
8”x11” / 20cmx28cm fabric for SMALL pad size – finished size is about 4.75”x6.25” / 12cmx16cm
(9”x14” / 23cmx35cm fabric for LARGE pad size – finished size is about 6”x7.5” / 16cmx19cm)
- Uncooked dried rice:- 250g for SMALL pad (450g for LARGE pad)
- Needle & thread or a sewing machine
Fold the Fabric
Fold the fabric in half to form a rectangle measuring:
6”x7” / 15cmx18cm for SMALL pad
(9”x7” / 23cmx18cm for LARGE pad)
Sew the Seams
Sew a seam around all three sides – leaving a 2” (5cm) gap on one side (as you need to fill the sack with rice).
Fill with uncooked rice (a small jug made the process quite easy, but beware grains of rice going all over the place by putting the sack in a bowl first)
250g for SMALL pad (450g for LARGE Pad)
Sew up the final 2” on the sack