1. Fold the short side of the felt sheet 1/2″ towards the back, and sew in place using a running stitch. Next, insert dowel. Then, cut slits (about 1/4″ wide) all along the sheet from the bottom to the top (stopping about 1/2″ away from the dowel). Be sure to cut strips so they can be grouped in four.
2. Starting with the first four strips on the left, bend the first strip over the next two strips (leaving a space for the loop), and under the fourth strip. Next, pass the fourth strip behind the filler strips and bring out to the front through the left loop of the first cord. Pull the strips gently and you have half of the first the square knot.
For the second half of the square knot, you are reversing the way you cross the strips. Bend the fourth strip over the previous two filler strips (leaving a space for the loop), and under the first strip. Next, pass the first strip behind the filler strips and bring out to the front through the right loop of the fourth strip. Gently pull the strips and you have a finished square knot. This is a good video on how to make a square knot.
Continue creating square knots with the rest of the felt strips. For the second row, skip the first two strips, and gather the next four strips to start your first square knot in the second row. In total, I did 3 rows of square knots.
3. I used 10″ strands of yarn gathered together to create tassels for the wall hanging. I share how to make tassels here. Knot each tassel onto the end of felt strip. Cut a 12″ strand of yarn and tie each end onto each of the dowel, and knot to secure.
The wall hanging adds a nice pop of color in preparation for Valentine’s Day. I think a longer version using wool felt would come out great too. The girls want to learn how to macrame, so I might show them how to make tiny ones to make some for their friends for Valentine’s Day. It would be sweet with a cute saying like, “I’m knots about you!”