Felted Halloween Kitty Tutorial

Needle Felt Halloween Kitty

Today I’m going to share a tutorial for a needle felted Halloween Kitty.  If you are interested in making the jack o’lantern, you can find the tutorial here!  Good Luck.

You will need:

multiple colors wool roving/batting
a foam or brush felting surface
felting needles

Lets Begin!!!

Start with a felted ball that is slightly oblong.  You can follow my tutorial on wet felted balls if necessary.  If the kitty will be sitting inside the jack-o-lantern, make sure that the felted ball sits inside the jack-o-lantern bowl and is about twice the height of the bowl.

Felt the top and the bottom of the felted ball so that they are nearly flat!

how to felt a Black Cat

Next we will be needle felting a small ball.  This small ball will later become two cat ears so be careful with the amount of wool used!

A ball is very easy to felt. Simply lay out a tuft of wool, roll it up a bit, fold from the right, fold from the left, roll a bit more, fold from the right, and from the left, and continue in this fashion until all the wool is balled up.  Then grab it by the tufty end and loosely felt the mass of wool so that a loose ball is created.  Turn as you felt so that the “ball” shape is maintained and not flattened!

needle felting tutorial on a black cat

Now we will be turning the felted ball into a cube.  Just remember a cube has six sides and all will be well.

Needle felt the top and bottom of the ball so that both are flat.  Now there is a squished ball.

Next, needle felt the right and left side until flat.

And finally, needle felt the front and the back and the “cube” shape will start to emerge.

how to needle felt a cat

Now, needle felt the cube with a smaller size needle(a larger number).  This will make the cube denser and straighten up the edges a bit.

how to felt a Black Cat

Once the cube is created.  Cut it in half diagonally.  This will create two 3-D triangles.  These 3-dimensional triangles will become the cat ears.

how to felt a kitten

Next cover each triangle with black wool.  Needle felt the black wool onto the white 3-D triangle, but leave the bottom of the triangle unfelted.  This unfinished side will be used to attach the ear to the body in a later step!

felting a Spooky Halloween Kitten

Now it is time to create the tail.  Grab a tuft of black wool, lay it out, and roll it up as if packing away a sleeping bag.  Needle felt this “roll” of wool, leaving one end unfelted.  Turn as you felt, so that the roll remains smooth and round instead of a flat mess!

needle felting an easy kitten

The basic body parts have been created.  To attach them:  Spread out the unfinished edges of the tail and ears, hold or pin them in place, and needle felt the unfinished portions onto the body.

needle felting a Halloween Kitty

Wrap the body in the main color, in this case black.  Then needle felt it into place.

how to needle felt a Cat

Needle felt the entire kitty project with a smaller needle( a larger number).  This with smooth out any lumps and bumps.

how to felt a cat

Now we are ready for the fun part . . . the details!  Simply add an adorable face, and maybe some paws underneath.  I have a tutorial on needle felting faces if you need some help!

how to felt a black cat

I know this was quite a long tutorial, but honestly it isn’t as hard as it looks!  In a few short hours, the Halloween themed kitty will be complete.  I think the little teeth are just adorable . . . I mean SCARY!!!  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them.  Happy Halloween!

needle felt black cat


Needle Felt Cats

needle felted kittens

I needle felted two black and white cats this past week or so.  I had a request for 2 such cats and while felting them I became inspired.  The black nature of these two little cats reminded me of the “spooky black cats” of Halloween.  So I decided I would make a kitty  that was adorable and at the same time scarier than the two you are seeing today.  My little Halloween cutie will be up later this week in a tutorial!

needle felt cat

I just love the little pink paws!!!

needle felt cats

Needle Felting Tutorial: A Jack-O-Lantern Bowl

Halloween is creeping up and I made a cute little jack-o-lantern candy bowl in celebration.  This tutorial will step you through the process so that you can make one of your very own.  This is a very easy beginner project and the actual “needle felting” only takes about 30 minutes or less.

needle felt jack o'lantern candy bowl

You will need:

spare roving/batting in any color
black and orange wool roving/batting
felting needles
felting foam or felting brush
old panty hose
plastic wrap
rubber band
exacto knife

You will need a wet felted ball to begin this project.  The ball is not part of the finished project, so just use some spare wool roving and follow my tutorial on wet felting balls.

Wrap the felted ball in plastic wrap and place a rubber band around it.  Grab the orange roving and generously wrap it around the prepared felted ball.  Stuff it in an old pair of panty hose and tie it off.  Wash it in the washing machine with your next hot load.  Dry as usual, then wash and dry once more.

how to needle felt a jack o'lantern candy bowl

Remove the ball from the panty hose.  Using an exacto knife cut around the top of the ball.  Now, remove the ball and you will have an orange felt bowl.  To finish the top edge: either needle felt the edge or place the ball and bowl back together, stuff in the pantyhose and wash and dry again!

needle felting a jack o'lantern bowl

Next draw a jack-o-lantern face that will fit the front of the bowl.  Cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth  to create paper templates.  Wrap the felted ball, used to create the bowl, with a piece of paper and place it inside the felted bowl.  Then pin the templates in place.  Stretch a small piece of black wool roving into a thin tuft.  Take the black thin tuft and needle felt around the templates.  Once you have traced the entire face with black roving, needle felt inside the traced lines to complete the jack-o-lantern face.

how to felt a jack o'lantern bowl

Now the miniature jack-o-lantern bowl is complete.  It looks so adorable filled to the brim with small colorful Halloween candy.  It would be a great surprise afterschool snack for the kiddos.  I’ve set it next to my desk for whenever a sweet tooth hits me!  Enjoy this project and if you have any questions feel free to ask.  Happy Halloween!!!

Halloween needle felted jack o'lantern candy bowl

How to Needle Felt Miniature Animal Paws

I recently completed a request for a needle felted bear with a bit of honey on its paw.  This tutorial will focus on needle felting miniature paws.  My honey bear will be used to demonstrate this technique; however, these paws would work well with a number of animals.

needle felted honey bear

You will need:

wool roving or batting
felting needles
foam/brush needle felting surface
embroidery thread
embroidery/sewing needle

As always please be extremely careful with the felting needles; they are very sharp and to ensure against breakage please work on an appropriate felting surface!

Now let’s get on with the tutorial.

First grab out a small tuft of wool in the main color choosen for your paw.  Lay it out on your felting surface and roll it up like a miniature sleeping bag.

how to needle felt a bear paw

Next lightly needle felt the roll of wool leaving the ends unfelted.  Carefully roll it around as you felt to ensure that the “roll of wool” remains smooth and round rather than flat!

hot to needle felt a paw

Take one side of this “roll” and pull it almost to the center.  Then needle felt it into place.  This will create the small paw on the leg.

how to felt a paw

how to felt a paw

Next stand the felted leg upon the paw and felt the paw flat.  Then turn it on its side and felt the sides of the paw to give them dimension.

how to needle felt a paw

The basic shape is now formed.  Simply continue sculpting and sizing down needles until the desired density and shape is achieved.  And don’t forget to make a second one!

how to felt a paw

Grab some embroidery thread in the color of your choice.   I decided on matching thread,  but for some animals a contrasting thread is preferred.

needle felting a paw

Thread the needle and insert it in the unfinished side of the leg and out through the bottom of the paw.  Look carefully at the pictures, you will see this is not in the center of the paw, but off to one side of the paw. Next loop it around to the top of the paw and pull tightly on each end of the thread.

how to felt a paw

Next insert the needle near the top of the embroidery line just created and pull the thread under the surface of the felt to the opposite side of the paw.  Now loop the thread around on this side and pull tightly once more.  Reinsert the needle close to the newly created embroidered line and pull it back out of the unfinished part of the leg.

how to felt a paw

The beginning part and ending part of the thread are both now resting at the bushy unfinished side of the leg. These should now be tied together and trimmed.

how to felt a paw

For the final touch I needle felted a semi-circular pad onto the paw in a contrasting color.  This part is optional; make this decision based upon the animal that YOUR paw belongs to!

needle felt bear

I use this basic design for many legs and paws on many different kinds of animals.  Sometimes the “paw” is larger or smaller or barely even there.  Small adjustments can create a whole new feel to your animal.  If I was not clear enough  or if you have any additional questions feel free to contact me.  Have fun and I hope that I helped a little with your felting project!