My niece is the lucky recipient for this gorgeous, brightly coloured rug. It is relatively easy to make, but takes a long time to complete. Be warned, this project will take time and patience. It is, however, very satisfying to make for yourself, as it is so beautiful to look at and feels lovely to walk on. It is like having a little massage for your feet. Now that I have completed this one for my niece, I want one for myself, to brighten up my lounge room, just not sure if I have the patience to do it all over again.
Supplies needed for making your own felt ball mat
- Lots and lots of felt balls (I used approximately 1500, 2cm balls)
- Needles of various sizes
- Strong thread, fishing line or waxed cord ( I used Gutermann Top Stitch Heavy Duty Thread)
Instructions for making your own felt ball rug
1. Make or purchase lots of felt balls.
2. Thread needle with chosen thread (about 15cm long) and tie a knot in the end.
3. Thread 7 balls onto thread and push them gently against knot. If the knot does not hold, try again and this time sew knot in the ball. ( Push needle through a small section of felt, come out, and go back into same section, come out and thread needle through the loop formed and pull tightly)
4. Place the first ball into the centre and position the other 6 balls around this centre ball.
5. Join the 2nd and the 7th ball together to form a ring.
6. Sew each of the 6 outside balls into the single ball in the centre, knot and tie of thread after last ball is secured to centre ball.
7. Re-thread needle and tie knot at end. Thread 12 felt balls onto thread and push gently towards knot.
8. Sew 1st ball to 12th ball to form a ring.
9. Sew each ball in outer ring to inside ring, knot and tie off thread after last ball is secured to inside ring.
10. Re-thread needle and tie knot at end. Thread 18 felt balls (approximately, it is best to check before sewing by just holding against centre ring and adding or taking away balls as needed) onto thread and gently towards knot.
11. Sew 1st ball to 18th ball to form a ring.
12. Sew each ball in outer ring to inside ring, knot and tie off thread after last ball is secured to inside ring.
13. Thread long needle (the longer needle helps to thread lots of balls onto thread at once, I used the puppet needle which is about 10cm long) and tie knot at end.
14. Thread as many balls as you think you will need onto thread. (I stopped counting here and just checked I had enough balls before attaching to inside circle).
15. Leave balls as a single strand, ( do not form a ring) and attach each ball to inner circle. Attach first ball to last ball on strand after all outside balls have been sew to inside circle balls and knot and tie off thread.
16. Continue to repeat steps 13 through to 15 until your rug is required size. Be warned this may take some time. try to relax and enjoy the process. It will be worth it, I promise.
1. It is hard to explain exactly how to attach balls from outer ring to inside ring as I tried several different techniques. Hope these photos help, but feel free to use what ever method works best for you.