Felt Fuzzies

Space isn’t just about what you SEE. It is also about what you FEEL. This activity will show you how to make a sensory ‘maze’ around your home with Felt Fuzzies. By hanging a string of them you can create a journey through your home, defined by touch, not sight. To start this process you are going to make 3D forms using felt (or other fabric you may have to hand), rubber bands and scissors.

Aims and objectives:

  • To explore the importance of touch and materials in design
  • To practice imagining an idea and making it as a model in 3D
  • To improve your designing and making skills
  • To create a new way to experience your home

Step by step

Making a ‘blob’ fuzzy!

Step 1

Take a piece of Felt.

Step 2

Cut it and weave it.

Step 3

Add eco ‘beans’ to give it some stuffing.

Step 4

Wrap and overlap the ‘beans’ with felt and hold it together with an elastic band.

Making a long fuzzy!

Step 1

Take a piece of Felt.

Step 2

Pinch sections together along the length.

Step 3

Hold each pinch with an elastic band.

OR… Step 1

Take a piece of Felt.

Step 2

Cut it.

Step 3

Weave it.

Step 4

Hold the weaves together with a small elastic band.

Step 5

Make as many of these as possible. 5 is good, 10 amazing, 100…! The more you make, the longer your maze can be.

Step 6

Attach each one to the next using an elastic band or cable tie or clothes peg to create a long string of felt fuzzies.

Step 7

Choose a route around your home by laying out the felt fuzzy string on the floor. You can either leave it on the floor or ask an adult to help suspend it at waist height by hanging it at points off the elastic attached to the ceiling. Door frames, bed rails, stable furniture, door handles can be good ‘anchor points’. 

Step 8

Close your eyes and use your felt fuzzies to find your way around the maze. If you would prefer to just make one or two they can become fun ‘stress balls’ with personality in their own right.

How many young people look around them and feel that they have a say in what they see? MATT+FIONA is a collaborative venture between architect Matthew Springett and educator Fiona MacDonald which responds to this question. We ask young people how their built environment might be improved and empower them to bring that vision to life. Each project has a clear pathway: briefing, design and build, with the children and young people at the centre of every stage.

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