Wool Pincushions - Better Homes and Gardens The patterns are on Pattern Sheet 1. To felt wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry it on high heat and steam-press. From pincushion wool, cut: 2 of Pattern A 1 of Pattern B; From assorted wool scraps, cut: 1 each of patterns C, D, and E ; From green wool scraps, cut: 2 of Pattern F Sewing with felted wool - Diary of a Quilter Mar 22, 2016Before working with real wool, I like to ‘felt’ it – or make it thicker and softer by washing and drying it. The process makes the wool so luxurious to work with. These simple pincushions are quick and easy to make. First is this simple ‘orange peel’ inspired block.