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Create someting useful from leftover wool yarn scrap.
I have been knitting predominantly with wool and alpaca yarns lately. It occurred to me that I do not have to throw away all those little scraps of yarn because they will felt. So, I started collecting a pile of loose yarn scraps to make into little felt balls. They can become beads, cat toys, buttons, or whatever you like.

Posted by Ansley B. from Los Angeles, California, United States • Published See Ansley B.'s 12 projects »
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  • How to make a felted bead. Felted Balls From Scrap Yarn - Step 1
    Step 1

    Save up wool yarn scraps from past projects.

  • How to make a felted bead. Felted Balls From Scrap Yarn - Step 2
    Step 2

    Wad-up the scraps of yarn, reserving a few longer strands. Wet the wad down in very warm water, squeezing out some of the water. Use the reserved longer strands of yarn to help firm up and gently bind the ball together.

    Pour a little liquid dish soap on your palms and gently begin to rub and roll the ball around in your palms. Keep rinsing the ball under hot and cold water and adding soap as needed.

    As the ball begins to shrink and get firmer, use a little more pressure as you roll it around in your palms.

    When the ball seems solid, rinse it in cold water to remove any excess soap. Rinse again in a vinegar and water solution. Squeeze out any excess moisture and set aside to dry.

  • How to make a felted bead. Felted Balls From Scrap Yarn - Step 3
    Step 3

    Make something with your felt balls such as jewelry, buttons, cat toys, or whatever you like.

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Ansley B.
Ansley B. · Los Angeles, California, US · 12 projects
Nope. You can get away with a few strands of acrylic mixed with wool, but not acrylic by itself.
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Dragoness
Dragoness · 28 projects
Damn all my "wool" is acrylic, will it work?
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Ariel B.
Ariel B. · Kalamazoo, Michigan, US · 23 projects
Clever!
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Callie S.
Callie S. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 16 projects
This is very creative! Great job!
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Carley J.
Carley J.
This is a great tutorial! You should submit this to instructables Summer Yarn Contest to win an awesome prize from Lion Brand Yarn!

http://www.instructables.com/contest/summeryarns/
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Ansley B.
Ansley B. · Los Angeles, California, US · 12 projects
I used a needle and thread to string them as real beads. If you use a really thick needle after you make them, you can semi-stretch a hole into them.
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Liana
Liana · 3 projects
love this project. one question though, is it possible to put holes in them so i could use them as real beads?
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mew
mew · Division No. 18, Unorganized, Saskatchewan, CA · 2 projects
these are so cute! :3
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Steph
Steph
neato!
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
This is so genius! I love them. They look really cool, I've got to try!
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