Every felt playscape needs a water feature. A waterfall, a gushing rapid, a babbling brook, a meandering stream, a pond or an ocean. Water makes people happy. When you have water, you need a boat.
Therefore, I have written a tutorial to show you how to make felt boats. This step-by-step pictorial tutorial does not require sewing or needle-felting. This is something you can enjoy making with your children. The basic skills in my tutorial will springboard you towards making many other structures.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream…
Rub a dub dub, three gnomes in a tub…
Oh! Bring back my bonnie to me…
C’est presque au bout du monde
Ma barque vagabonde
Errante au gré de l’onde
M’y conduisit un jour
L’île est toute petite
Mais la fée qui l’habite
Gentiment nous invite
A en faire le tour
– Youkali. Kurt Weill
Happy mermaid riding on her mother-of-pearl oyster bed-boat. Tra la la!
Cover her up with a piece of seaweed and she will fall asleep in her bed shortly.
Tuesday October 29, 2013. My 8 year old Nunu needle-felted Merlin. Here Merlin is riding on his pod shaped little brown boat, adrift a starry night.
Boats are the preferred rides for your homemade peg dolls, they love to go places in felt boats! Below is the wet-felted playscape handmade by my 8 year old daughter and myself over Spring Break in 2013.
The versatile boat shape encourages open ended play. Here the boat is used as a baby’s cradle. Shh… baby’s sleeping.
Even the Nibelung dwarf Alderich dreams when he is afloat the river Rhine…
Buy This Tutorial on Etsy
Click on the picture above to purchase Jzin’s Boat Tutorial! You will be privvy to my tips and tricks on how I make these felt boats: no sewing, no knitting, no crocheting, no needle-felting, easy peasy lemon squeezy craft project, suitable for your mommy and me crafting with your children. These easy crafts have also been known to be made in between cooking and feeding 3 hungry children on weekday afternoon hours. Yes, hear me now and believe me later, this tutorial: It’s boatloads of fun!
With this tutorial, it’s more than just learning how to make a boat, you will…
- Learn the fundamental wet-felting techniques applicable to other projects.
- Jzin’s secret tips for wet-felting
- Possibly rekindle your passionate excitement for a certain unavoidable, mundane, routine household chore
- Your purchase will help justify and fund my creative passion and spending so much money on wool fibers and other craft supplies… so please, buy my tutorial and tell all your friends about it!
If you do not have a password, you can get it here. Buy my tutorial on Etsy.
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