In this video, I show you how to make a Dumbo TsumTsum coin purse or pouch. This Tsum Tsum Dumbo coin purse uses both needle felting and wet felting.
Download the Tsum Tsum Dumbo Coin Purse Pattern Here.
I apologize for the ummm… unprofessional looking pattern. I’m really not that great on Photoshop. I had a difficult time drawing the image, so I just drew it by hand and scanned it, with a few edits on Photoshop to add text. This is a skill that I’m working on…
Approx. 25 grams of light blue wool
(5g for ears, 4 g for trunk, 1 g for hands, 15 g for head)
Approx. 3.5 g pink wool
(3 g for ears, 0.5 g for cheeks)
Approx. 1 g red wool for collar
Light blue zipper (mine is approx. 15 cm)
Red & light blue thread
Pencil or disappearing ink pen
plastic bag or plastic glove
plate or tray
Part 1: Needle felting.
1. Make 2 ears using 5 g of blue wool, 2.5 g for each ear; and 3 g pink wool, 1.5 g for each side. Set aside a handful of wool in each color (about 1 g of blue and 0.5 g of pink) before you start felting. It is easier to add wool thank remove it. Felt the outer ear piece (blue) and inner ear piece (pink) separately). Then attach them together. When you are attaching the inner and outer ear, make sure to create one left ear and one right ear. (Opposites).
2. Make the trunk using 4 g of blue wool. I recommend starting with 1/3 of your wool and then building it up gradually like I did in the video.
3. Make the hands.
**If your needle felted pieces are bumpy and unfinished looking, you can dip them in water and wet felt them a little bit to smooth out the fibers.
Part 2. Wet felting.
We will use a cardboard piece and surround it by wool. The cardboard piece is called a “resist.”
1. First assemble your supplies. Mix hot water and 2 drops of dish soap in a squirt bottle. I recommend having extra hot water on hand because you will likely need to refill your squirt bottle. Gather a plate or tray, plastic bag or plastic glove, mesh, and wool.
2. The mesh piece should be large enough to cover the front and back of your resist.
3. Divide 15 g of wool in half. We will try to use equal amounts of wool on each side of the resist.
4. Lay the mesh on the plate, place the resist on top of the mesh.
5. Tear up the wool into thin, almost transparent strips.
6. Lay some of the wool on top of the resist vertically. (This is the first layer of wool. We will add 6 layers total, so keep this in mind. You may want to divide up your wool into 6 equal sections before starting).
7. Add another layer of wool on top of the resist horizontally. (2nd layer).
8. Squirt some water on top of the wool and pat it down gently using your glove. Try not to displace the wool.
9. Add another layer of wool on top of the resist vertically. (3rd layer).
10. Add another layer of wool on top of the resist horizontally. (4th layer).
11. Squirt some water on top of the wool and pat it down gently using your glove
12. Add another layer of wool on top of the resist vertically. (5th layer).
13. Add another layer of wool on top of the resist horizontally. (6th layer).
14. Squirt some water on top of the wool and pat it down gently using your glove.
15. Fold the tulle or mesh fabric over your wool. Rub the wool gently so that it is completely soaked with water. Lift up the mesh and check if there are any areas that need more wool. Add wool in small thin bits if necessary.
16. Place your hand on top of the mesh to support the wool and prevent it from falling off as you flip the resist over.
17. The opposite side of the cardboard should be face up. There should be pieces of wool that stick out from beneath the cardboard. Gently fold these pieces over the cardboard and smooth them down with your fingers.
18. Start layering wool on this side of the cardboard resist. Follow the same process as before: add 2 layers, then add hot soapy water and pat down the wool. Add 2 more layers of wool, hot soapy water and pat down the wool. Add the final 2 layers of wool, hot soapy water, and pat down the wool. Cover the wool with mesh and flatten it out. Check for sparse areas and add additional wool if necessary. Then flip your piece over.
19. Lift up the mesh. Gently smooth down the loose pieces of wool over the resist, like you did on the other side.
cover the wool up with mesh and start felting.
20. Add some hot water/soap mixture to the wool and rub the wool through the mesh with your hand (covered in a plastic glove or bag). Apply light pressure and be careful not to shift the wool fibers around too much. Continue this process for about 20 minutes, flipping the piece over from time to time and felting the opposite side. Make sure to keep adding hot soapy water to the wool and dumping out the cold water. The hot water helps the felting process along.
21. After about 20 minutes, your wool should be sufficiently matted together that you can apply more pressure. You may even be able to take the wool out of the mesh and just rub it with both hands. At this point you want to make sure to felt the edges of the wool.
22. When your wool passes the “tent test” you can cut a hole in the wool and turn it inside out. The tent test is when you pinch the wool and it stands up like a tent.
23. Cut a hole in the wool, that is the right size for the zipper.
24. Turn your piece inside out and felt on the other side. Also felt the raw edge that you just cut.
25. After you have felted the edge and inside, turn your piece back the other way. Towel dry.
26. Roll your piece in a bamboo mat or a piece of bubble wrap, in all directions, on both sides.
27. Press your piece with an iron and allow it to dry.
(You can still continue when the piece is still a bit damp – it doesn’t have to be bone dry).
Part 3. Assembly.
1. Needle felt to attach the trunk, ears, and hands. Add some rosy cheeks with about 0.5 g of pink wool.
2. Cut out 2 eyes from black leather and glue them on.
3. Sew on the zipper.