Felting Soft Sculptures: Easy To Make Trinkets, Toys and More!

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Needle felting can be an easy and relaxing way to make tiny treasures to share as gifts with folks of all ages. Needle felting involves working with dyed wool and special needles to create malleable, soft sculptures that can be used as adornments, garments, home decorations, toys or pieces of art. There are so many ways to work with felt from wet felting to roving, but needle felting is a great beginner’s intro to the medium.  

I love making tiny foods, small toys and dolls through the process of needle felting. With a small investment of about $15-$20 for a tool and material set you can get started with this hobby to create thoughtful, handmade gifts for yourself or others! Needle felting is also a great way to recycle existing materials. You can use old pillow or plush batting to create your forms. You can also experiment with non-dyed wool to explore creating your own unique colors for your project. 

For beginners, cookie cutters are great tools to create base shapes for your work. Check us out on @clpvideo on YouTube where we will show you how to create needle felted objects using cookie cutters, wool and a needle.

Needle felting is one of my favorite ways to create because you can easily combine other fiber art elements like embroidery, beading, applique and hand sewing cute clothes and accessories for your creations. The art form is beyond creating beautiful trinkets and is an expressive medium. You can add felted elements to mixed media designs or work with felt in new ways to applique items like quilts. You can even add your own handmade felt pom poms. Working with felt mimics a lot of natural forms so it is a great way to sculpt all sorts of flora and fauna in realistic results.  

With your CLP library card you can access Creativebug tutorials to level up your needle felting skills. Try these out: 

Intro To Needle Felting 

Felted Bracelets  

Sew a Hand Warmer 

Also check out the books below for help getting started on your fiber arts journey. From tiny dolls to massive multimedia works, these felting resources can take you in so many directions! Once you get the basics down you can decide where your creativity will take you.  

Art Quilt Maps: Capture a Sense of Place With Fiber Collage: A Visual Guide

Award-winning artist Valerie Goodwin shows you how to make quilted maps with easy fabric collage techniques and innovative designs based on maps of your favorite places. Discover how to transform a places essential lines and shapes into quilt designs, and make luminous textures with fabric layering, paints, stamps, stencils, drawing and applique. This fully illustrated guide also features a large photo gallery of quilt maps by Valerie and her students. 

Felting Fabulous Flowers: 30 Stunning Designs

What better way to celebrate and appreciate the natural beauty of flowers than to recreate it into glorious felt that can be adorned, worn or used as decorative embellishments? Gillian Harris, bestselling author of Complete Feltmaking and Carnival of Felting, invites you to learn the fundamentals of felting while making bright and colorful blooms.

Feltlicious: Needle-Felted Treats To Make & Give

Bestselling author Kari Chapin ( The Handmade Marketplace ) and needle-felting artist Kerri Wessel concoct a delightful “cookbook” of more than 30 amazing felted foods. The menu features such fare as Good Morning breakfast dishes; Diner Delights; Farmer’s Market fruits and vegetables; Sweet Tooth desserts; and Holiday Treats–like heart-shaped lollipops for Valentine’s Day. Also included: detailed instructions for turning these tasty-looking projects into snack-size jewelry, magnets, ornaments, hair clips and paperweights.

Little Felted Dogs: Easy Projects for Making Adorable Pups

Whether they adore their pugs or wish they had a Pomeranian, dog lovers of all stripes will fall in love with these miniature versions of two dozen beloved breeds. Simple needle-felting instructions require only a small amount of wool and are easy enough for crafters to customize an homage to their own adorable mutts.

Lovable Felted Animals

Lovable Felted Animals is-dare we say-the cutest felting book EVER! This book shows you how to make graceful models of a lifelike sleeping lion, a mom and baby koala, a regal deer, a polar bear with cub, a fluffy alpaca, the world’s most adorable hedgehog and so much more! Illustrated step-by-step instructions walk you through how to make 43 different projects, and a lesson on basics helps you get started. Also available on Hoopla.

Sweet & Simple Needle Felted Animals: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide

Sweet & Simple Needle Felted Animals provides detailed instructions to create your own cute and cuddly collection of needle felted pets, barnyard buddies and mascots. These adorable furry figurines make beautiful gifts and accessories that you can carry around or wear. This DIY needle felting book includes step-by-step instructional color photos and texts that couldn’t be easier to follow. It shows you how to make the central shape, attach the components, add the details and then attach the finding. And voila! Your accessory is ready to be worn and appreciated! Also available on Hoopla.

Wee Felt Worlds: Sweet Little Scenes To Needle-Felt

There’s something magical about things made in miniature–and now you can create whole wee worlds of them with three-dimensional critters and scenery. It’s easy to do with needle felting, an oh-so-simple process that requires few tools.

Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects

You can see how cute these woolbuddies are. You’re not going to believe how easy it is to make them! Tired of searching for special toys that weren’t mass-produced, former Lucasfilm animator Jackie Huang created the beloved Woolbuddy, a collection of all-natural stuffed animals that reflect his unique imaginative vision. He went on to capture fans at craft fairs, Comic-Con and specialty boutiques. Also available on Hoopla and Overdrive.