To make your own version, you will need.....
- Assorted Felt
- Fabric scrap
- Knitting needles
- Stuffing material
- General sewing materials
I found a great boat pattern which I used as a template to cut the pieces of felt to size, then sewed them together using a blanket stitch.
To stuff the boat, I chose a variety of materials including wire wool (to keep pins and needles sharp), toy stuffing and rice (at the bottom to give it weight).
As I wanted it to look vaguely (!?) like a trawler boat, I stuffed and sewed another piece of felt onto the top. For a bit of extra decoration, I added some needle felted waves to the bottom. (You can see our other needle felting post here)
I then went onto the thread catcher - I wanted to make look like a net being towed along by the boat. For this I used a 22 x 15cm piece of blue cotton and hemmed the top with a 2cm allowance.
To give the top some stability and help keep it open, I used a plastic parcel tie (is that what it's called?!?) to thread through the hem. Then turned inside out and sewed the sides and bottom together.
At this point, it was looking a bit plain... so I decided to knit a net using size 10 needles and twine!
I wrapped this around the fabric, secured by sewing to the fabric on the inside hem and used a wool needle to sew the sides and bottom together using twine.
I made the ropes by plaiting together twine and then cut out some felt fish to finish it off! I decided not to attach the net permanently to the boat as I can then use each piece separately and it can also fit in different places - for example next to my sewing machine!
So now I have no excuse for making a mess and just need to tackle the rest of the 'organised chaos' in my craft room!!
10th March 2014: Update - this post was featured here by the Sewing Loft