Since sharing the post about felt rose bowls last week, I couldn’t resist making one of my own. I managed to source some industrial felt at Kehl’s. I think it came out quite nicely, I’m tempted to make some more in different sizes.
Since I had lots of felt left over, I was inspired to make a felt basket similar to this one from Entrepo. It didn’t work out exactly like I had planned, but I think it works well for storing my wool stash. I wanted to find some metal studs to secure the sides together, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I settled for these little nuts and bolts. I think of it as my “industrial chic” felt basket 😉
What you’ll need:
- industrial felt (usually available from upholstery stores)
- small nuts and bolts (from hardware stores)
- leather punch (or a sharp pair of scissors to make the holes for the nuts)
- ruler, pen and paper (for drawing out the diagram)
I chose to make my basket quite large, and I’ve included a diagram with my dimensions here. Please note that the diagram is not to scale, but you can use it as a guide to draw out a diagram with your chosen dimensions. Once you’ve cut out your pattern, lay it over your felt (or pin it down), and cut around the edges. To assemble the basket, make small holes on each side edge (make sure that the holes on each side match up with the other side), and use your nuts and bolts to secure. Easy peasy!