I made this scarf myself with 100% wool jersey fabric some bottle caps and rubber bands. Then I felted it in my washing machine. It’s warm and cozy and all my friends want me to make one for them!
Believe it or not this is an ancient technique the Japanese call Shibori (fabric manipulation). Here’s another scarf I made, but on this one I used little wooden beads to make the bubbles.
So let’s make scarves!
What you’ll need are hundreds of plastic bottle caps or wooden beads and the same number of rubber bands.
I like the latex free ones. They seem to hold up better in the washing machine.
You’ll need about 1-1/2 to 2 yards of 100% wool jersey fabric (it should say “dry clean only”, because we want it to shrink around our objects in the wash, and it WILL!)
Cut a strip that is 18″ wide x the length of fabric you purchase. If you want fringes, like the teal scarf, cut those first (about 4 1/2″ long and 1/2″ wide).
Then start placing the beads/bottle caps under the fabric, and wrap the rubber band on the top side of the fabric very tightly to hold them in place. You’ll want to place the beads/bottle caps as closely as you can together, like this.
When you’re finished, place the entire scarf (and it will be surprisingly heavy) inside a delicates bag to insure that if any bead or bottle cap comes loose in washing/felting process it remains contained in the bag and not in your drain!
Then set your washing machine for the smallest load (mini), HOT water, high agitation, and a regular cycle. Add 1 Tablespoon of non-bleach detergent (don’t add other objects in with your scarf, it’s unnecessary and will wear on the color and jersey fabric).
After washing, set your scarf on a towel to air dry. It could take 1 to 2 days depending on your weather. Don’t remove those beads/bottle caps until the fabric is BONE dry! Then start unwrapping all those rubber bands! And voila you will have the most amazing scarf! Cute, right?
Now, I can do that! And you can, too!