The making of a doona – Part 2

Winter is here and other projects have taken precedence.  I need to get our doona ready!

Now I have batches of washed and dried fleece stored ready for the next stage.

The fleece needs to be teased apart ready for carding

The fleece needs to be teased apart ready for carding

Each batch is teased out by hand to open up the locks in preparation for carding. Carding ‘combs’ the fleece into fluffy ‘batts’.

I use an electric drum carder

The washed fleece is then carded

The washed fleece is then carded

The batts are now put aside until I have enough for a doona. This is going to be an ‘all year’ double bed doona with 330 g of fleece per square meter. It will need twenty of these batts.

The next stage is to prepare the doona cover. I am using organic bamboo sheeting. Bamboo is more sustainable than cotton, is soft, absorbs moisture and is long wearing.

As this is the first donna I am using a set of bamboo/cotton sheets as the cover.  I have cut them to size .

Laying out doona cover.

Once I have cut the cover to size it is time to lay out the wool batts to check quantity. As you can see Alice the cat has arrived to ‘assist’.

Laying out the wool fill.


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