Felt Craft for Valentine’s Day

This little felt Valentine’s bee is so cute.  His body, legs, and antennae were all wet felted and the details were needle felted.  A thorough tutorial on this little bee would be quite extensive; so I prepared a shortened tutorial.  If you have any questions after perusing this simplified tutorial, please feel free to ask!  In total, the bee takes about 6 hours to complete.

felted bumblebee with heart

There are previous tutorials that walk you through many pieces of this bee.  They are as follows:

2  Wings(created the same way as these ears).
Heart
26 Beads
Ball

First take the wet felted ball and slightly needle felt it to create an oblong ball.  Then needle felt one end flat.  In the first image, take note of the paper template for the face and the straight pins that mark the stripes of the bumblebee.  I prefer to mark these important parts of the bumblebee before attaching any of the small felted pieces.  “Measure twice, felt once!”

The felted beads are strung together as follows:

4 tiny beads are strung together for each antennae. 3 small beads are strung together for the bottom four legs. The second picture demonstrates how to thread the beads so that the two ends remain on one side of the beaded string.  Thread the antennae and bottom four legs in this fashion.

3 small beads, one heart, and 3 small beads are strung together for the top legs/hands.The third picture demonstrates how to thread the top legs and heart.felted valentine bee tutorial

After the beads are strung, it is time to attach them to the bee.  The antennae are attached right above the paper template.  The legs are attached in the middle of each stripe(between the rows of straight pins).needle felted valentine bee

Now it’s time to add the stinger and wings.  Spread out the unfelted end of the stinger, place it on the body, and needle felt into place.  Be sure to remove any straight pins that are in the way.  Now do the same for the wings.felt Valentine's craft tutorial

Needle felt a bit of beige wool around the very edge of the paper template.  This will create an outline of the face.  Then needle felt more beige wool on the inside of this outline.how to felt a sweet bee

Adding the stripes to the bumblebee is very simple.  Simply needle felt a black line along the top of each row of straight pins.  Then needle felt the head with black wool.  Add more black wool to the second and fourth stripe and needle felt into place.  Then, add yellow wool to the first and third stripe and needle felt it.  At this point, the whole bumble bee is “colored” in.

Now size down needles(larger number) and needle felt the entire body once more; this will give a more finished look.  Be sure to tack down the antennae and legs with a super strength felting needle until they are positioned as desired(a size 32 works really well for this).  The final step is needle felting a sweet little face.
needle felting craft for Valentine's

Now the bumblebee is complete.  I’m sure you will have no problem convincing that special somebody to “bee mine” when offering this handmade gift for Valentine’s!!!  As always, good luck.  And Happy Valentine’s Day!!!Felt Bee Gift for Valentine's Day

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Disney Trip=Felted Toy Tiger!

My newest felted creation is a toy tiger ball.  I just love making simple felted animals like this one.  They are quick and easy to make and have such character!

Needle Felted Ball Shaped Tiger with Tail

This felted toy was inspired by my recent family vacation to DisneyWorld.  We had the opportunity at Animal Kingdom to catch a glympse of this majestic tiger and I decided to reinterpret that majesty into cuteness!  And a little tidbit for those planning a trip to Disney,  Animal Kingdom is one of the best parks there!  I just love the combination of zoo and theme park!

Real Tiger and Toy Felt Tiger

My 5 year old daughter is absolutely in love with anything “Mickey”.  So I had to include her silly grins, smiles, and happy poses.  She insisted on wearing “Minnie Ears”  everyday that we were there.  The cuteness was overwhelming!

My 5 Year Old at DisneyWorld

Now that we’ve returned, I realize that the holidays are right around the corner.  Today I am preparing new colors of wool to complement the holiday theme and I will be purchasing a few ribbons and such;  all so that,  I can begin making some felted Christmas ornaments.  When I was young, I created ornament after ornament for my mother on Christmas break.  She always seemed excited to add a handmade ornament to the tree.  A mother’s love is truly neverending.    And don’t worry, this year, I will share a few ornament tutorials with everyone!

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