Felt is one of my very favourite materials and it’s the perfect way to introduce children to textiles. It comes in a bright rainbow of colours, is easy to cut and holds its shape really nicely. Making a piece of giant felt tinsel will involve cutting and threading and could easily be turned into a game which involves identifying colours and shapes!
To make your very own piece of felt tinsel you will need a selection of felt, some wool, plastic sewing needles and some safety scissors if your little one is in charge of the cutting.
First you need to prepare your felt pieces. My pieces are geometric shapes and are about the size of a 50p piece. You could turn this bit into a game by cutting the felt into squares, triangles and circles! Once you have a nice selection of shapes, fold each piece in half and cut a little slit into the middle of each one.
Next you need to decide how long you want to make your piece of felt tinsel. Measure out this amount of wool and then double it over. Take the two raw ends and tie them together into a loop so that you will be able to hang up your tinsel. Cut off the excess wool.
Now you are ready to start constructing your tinsel! Thread your needle onto the end of the wool with no loop and choose your first piece of felt. Put the needle through the slit in the middle and push the felt all the way down the wool to your loop. Keep adding felt until your piece of wool is full of lovely felt!
You can experiment with the distance apart you space your felt and the colours too. If you are doing a rainbow you can mix the colours a bit so it blends nicely or you could keep it stripy!
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