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Boy, does wool shrink!<br>
I have (had) a lambswool sweater and a friend borrowed it and shrunk it.... must have washed it on cold and dried it on cool.... but it was too small when I got it back. So I decided to use it to make a diaper cover with. I thought to be safe I should wash and dry on HOT to make sure it was felted and it was so NOT! It is so tiny now that I don't think I could get a diaper cover out of it if I wanted to!! So I am going to make wool shoes and possibly a toddler skirt to go with them since I can use pieces for that instead of 2 large pieces for a diaper cover.<br><br>
I just can't believe how much it shrinks!!<br>
So.... for those of you who felt whole yards of wool for covers... how much do I need to buy?? Do fabrics like wool jersey shrink less than a lambswool sweater? Could I get 2 coverx out of a whole yard of fabric after felting??<br>
Wool isn't cheap and I don't want to come up short... but would love to make diaper covers with wool. The sweater I felted feels so soft and thick now that I KNOW it'd make a wonderful cover.
 

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I don't know if it works, b/c I've never tried it, but I hear that you can use a whole bottle of conditioner (or some large amount like half ?) and massage it into the wet wool and gently stretch it out. Maybe google this and see what's said. I think you don't have to superfelt the wool to make a good cover. I've had good luck with thrift store sweater that I haven't even felted. I just lanolize lightly.
 

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I've only superfelted my wool (aka, washed on hot, dried on hot) and you're right -- that stuff shrinks up like crazy!!!!!!! I've only gotten wool jersey and done this, so I'm not sure how interlock felts up, but jersey felts like mad.<br><br>
That said, I made a two-layer cover (size medium, based in part on the side-snapping VB cover pattern) and that thing ... well, I don't think it could leak if it tried!! It's *super* at overnight (I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> my Aristocrat cover, but this other cover I made is even better!). So now I'm toying with the idea of making a single-layer cover for daytime use since we don't need quite the super-duper strength (and thickness) of a two-layer cover.<br><br>
I wish I could help you with yardage, but now, for the life of me, I cannot remember how many yards of the jersey I ordered. I am thinking it was two... and it really does felt up into very little, so it would depend on what size of cover you're making and how many layers you'd be using.<br><br>
I did just make a newborn-size cover from one layer of unfelted wool interlock (I just think it's so darn soft!) and a layer of felted jersey... of course though I can't try it out yet, so I don't know how functional it will be!
 

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I've felted jersey, interlock and weaves. I usually buy at least one yard of wool. I can usually get more than one cover out of it. Some of the jersey I've purchased is really light and thin, and that doesn't felt as much as a jersey with a heavier thread. I bought one yard of wool interlock, washed on hot and dried on hot four times. It felted like crazy. I got a one layer medium cover and a one layer nb cover as well as 4 med cuts for diaper doublers. I do two layers flannel, one of wool, if it's a thicker felted wool. The one layer I cut for the covers can be used as a single layer or I've added a really light layer of felted knit wool, lighter than jersey knit, and they hold the hoover dam! I also have a couple of weaves I've felted. One stayed relatively thin and very soft, the other felted really thick and one layer of that was sufficient for a cover. With felting, you need to watch out for wavy ends. Wool shrinks at diffent rates within the fabric, so allow yourself enough.<br>
I buy my wool at SR Harris in Twin Cities MN. I don't know if they do phone orders, but I can get wool jersey for about $3 to $5/yd. They have a wide assortment of woolens, the cashmere blends are to die for. <a href="http://www.srharrisfabric.com" target="_blank">www.srharrisfabric.com</a>. It may be worth checking out.<br>
I did buy the wool interlock from one stop diaper shop. I don't think it was too expensive for the quality and how beautifully it felted and how soft it is.
 
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