In Ethiopia, people wear cases around their necks which contain cures, talismans to ward off evil, or prayers on scrolls of paper. I saw a wishing scroll made out of a film canister and thought it could easily be made of felt. I did not include a lid on the case because my girls like their wishes to blow away or disappear…then the wish magic begins. Here’s how to do it.
Embroider the design (I chose a lucky ladybug) onto the center of the rectangular piece of felt. This would be another great project to put a child’s doodle on.
Finish off with the details.
Take the felt rectangle and overlap the edges a little. Knot your floss, place your needle on the inside top of the pocket, push the needle through both layers of felt and pull through to the knot. Whip stitch down to the bottom of the case. If you know how to whip stitch you can skip the next few photos……..
I love the tinkle of bells and add bells whenever I can. I stitched them to the bottom of the pocket.
Now cut about 27 inches of hemp cord.
Use something sharp to puncture a hole on both sides of the pocket and pull the hemp cord through both holes.
Tie a knot with the bead inside the knot, tie again for added strength.
Pull the cord up from the center of the pocket, now you have the loop of the necklace.
Write your wish on something natural, like osage orange root, an acorn or a maple seed. Make sure it is something natural from nature, you don’t want to be a litter bug when your wish naturally falls out. You could even make a wish on dandelion seeds or flower petals, you don’t necessarily have to write down your wishes.