needle felt toy rainbow

How to Felt a Rainbow


This needle felting tutorial is a very colorful one . . . a felted rainbow.  I designed this rainbow when coming up with different charms to hang from a mobile; however, you could hang it from just about anywhere!  I was a bit intimidated by the rainbow part of this rainbow, but it is actually easier than it looks!
needle felt rainbow

First, draw and cut out a rainbow template.  Place it on a tuft of spare wool(it will be covered later) and needle felt around the outside of the template.  This creates an outline on the tuft of wool.
how to felt a rainbow

Next fold the extra wool towards the center of the outline and needle felt into place.  Between the bottom of the arc, the wool needs to be carefully pulled apart before pulling it to the center.
how to felt a rainbow

Flip the felted piece over; then needle felt the back.  A clover pen speeds this part up a bit.  Then take a single felting needle and reinforce the edges.
rainbow tutorial

Switch to a smaller needle(larger number) and needle felt the entire rainbow, the front, back, and edges.  Continue felting until the shape is solid.
how to felt a rainbow

Here is my little “helper” handing me my paper template.  So cute . . .  Now on with the tutorial!
my little girl

Remember ROY G. BIV, for some reason I can’t forget.  Simple needle felt a line of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple onto the felted rainbow.  These will be our “coloring” lines.
how to make a felted rainbow

Next add a hanger, if you would like.  My hanger is a constructed from twisted embroidery thread.  Pull it up through the center of the arc, back down through the center, and tie it off on the bottom of the arc.
needle felting rainbow tutorial

Start coloring in your rainbow.  Make sure that your felting needle remains vertical, so that any wool pulled through to the opposite side is lined up with the rainbow design.  Carefully felt over the knotted embroidery thread; you don’t want to break a needle!
how to make felted rainbow

Flip it over, the opposite side has a hint of rainbow.  Simple follow this “hint” and needle felt the rest of the rainbow.  Keep the felting needle vertical so that the colors don’t become mixed on the finished side.
how to make a felt rainbow

Two small balls are used for the clouds.  Wrap the unfelted wool on one side of the rainbow around a ball and needle felt it.  Continue until the ball is secure.  Repeat with the other side.
how to make a felted rainbow

Next clean up the clouds a bit.  Add some white wool to the base of the rainbow and needle felt it into place.  Keep adding white until no color is peeking through.
how to felt a rainbow

Add some cute faces if you would like.  And the felted rainbow is complete.  This rainbow will take around 3-4 hours to create.  Be patient with the rainbow stripes and all will be well!  Good Luck.
needle felted rainbow

Felted Smiling sun for nursery decoration

Happy Sun Needle Felting Tutorial

Last week, I needle felted my first baby mobile charm and this week I wanted to share a felting tutorial on my second mobile charm:  A Happy Sun!    Simply put,  mobile charms  are small toys attached to a baby mobile.  I always switched up the toys on my children’s mobiles and I decided to make a few of the felted variety.   I just love handmade additions to a nursery.

felt sun for baby mobile

This sun is a basic design made from a wet felted ball and a grip of needle felted triangles.  It is a pretty easy project, but the triangles are a bit tricky to get just right! Here it goes . . .

You need: Wool roving/batting, felting needles, felting pad/brush, and embroidery thread.

A wet felted ball is used for the base of this sun toy.  Follow my tutorial on wet felted balls and then move on to the triangles!

Needle felted triangles will represent the rays of the sun.  A triangle template will help ensure that all of the triangles are roughly the same size.  Just cut a triangle out of a piece of paper; use the wet felted ball to estimate the appropriate size of the triangle/ray.

I like to place a piece of paper between my wool and felting brush; it creates a smoother finish. Place the template on a tuft of wool.  Then needle felt around the edges to create an outline of a triangle.

felting tutorial on a toy sun

Take the extra wool from a side of the triangle, fold it to the center, and needle felt it down.  Do this on one more side.  Do not felt the third side of the triangle; the unfinished side will be used to attach the triangle to the ball.

how to make a needle felted sun

Now, needle felt the 2 edges of the triangle.  Then needle felt the top of the triangle.  Flip it over and needle felt the opposite side.  Size down a needle and needle felt the entire triangle once more.  Compare the completed triangle to the template as you go, making sure that you do not change the overall shape and size too much as you felt.

how to make a felted sun

Take the wet felted ball and a piece of paper.  Draw a circle around the ball.

how to needle felt nursery decorations

As the triangles are created, lay them out along this circle.  Keep making triangles until the entire circle is outlined with them.

tutorial on felted nursery decorations

If you would like, now is time to attach the hanger to the felted ball.  Follow my tutorial on this, if you need a little help!  The tutorial will give similar results to the hanger on the sun; the only difference here is that I am using twisted embroidery thread to create the hanger!

Next pin the triangles to get an idea of where they should be placed.  I made three sets of three colors and decided to felt them into place in a pattern.  First I placed the three bright yellow triangles equally around the ball and needle felted them in place.  Then I did this with the orange and finally the golden yellow.

tutorial on needle felting a miniature toy sun

Next, needle felt the main color onto the ball.  Felt the front and back side of the sun making sure that the core color does not peek through.  A good light is necessary during this stage!  Use a smaller size felting needle(a larger number) and felt it again; this will help smooth out any lumps and bumps.

needle felted sun

The final step is needle felting a sweet little face.  Again, I have an easy tutorial for this if you need a bit of explanation!

Felted Smiling sun for nursery decoration

The smiling  sun charm is now complete.  This toy sun is sure to brighten any child’s nursery!  I’m excited to get started on more baby mobile charms; they are such fun and adorable too.  Good Luck!

needle felt rain cloud nursery decoration

Handmade, Happy Rain Cloud for a Baby Mobile

I had so much fun needle felting this happy rain cloud.  This little guy is my first charm for a baby mobile.  Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing different felted pieces that could combine to create a very soft, happy mobile for an infant’s nursery.  I just love babies and even though my children are all in “big kid” beds, my brain will not stop coming up with ways to mesmerize the teeny tiny ones!

handmade needle felt happy rain cloud

These mobile charms could also be used as “adult” decorations as well.  I already imagined hanging this cloud from a cork board as a way to liven up the push pins and papers of “adult” life!

felted balls for spelling practice

Tutorial on Felted Personalized Balls

Today’s felting tutorial includes both wet and needle felting.   This project spells out my  daughter’s name with an individual wet felted ball for each letter of her name.  I chose Raven’s name to illustrate this project because she is very interested in learning the spelling of her name and I thought these felted letter balls would be a fun way for her to practice that task!

Choose the name of a beloved friend or family member and use it for educational purposes or simply to decorate a nursery.  They would look very adorable propped delicately upon a high shelf in a baby’s room!  Now let’s begin.

personalized felt balls


You will need wool roving, felting needles, a safe foam/brush surface and an old pair of pantyhose.

First, create one wet felted ball for each letter of the name chosen.  In my case, I needed 5 wet felted balls for the name “RAVEN”.  The balls should all be approximately the same size.  A balance scale or a digital scale could come in handy here.  Each one of my balls started with about 0.4 oz. of white wool.  The balls will be slightly smaller than a tennis ball at that weight.  Follow my tutorial on wet felted balls and then return here to see the rest of the process!

Next, cover the white wet felted balls with the color of choice, I chose lavender.  To do this, wrap the white wet felted ball with the colored wool and lightly needle felt it into place.  You can completely needle felt the color onto the white ball, but I was very busy with my children and being it was laundry day(as it is every day) I decided to wet felt them once again to firmly adhere the lavender outer color onto the white wool core!

tutorial on felted balls with letters

how to wet and needle felt personalized balls

Now that the felted balls are colorful, it is time to plan out the letters.  Using straight pins write out each letter on a separate ball.  Be careful that the straight pins are not at an angle because you will be felting around them next.

tutorial on making felted balls with a name spelled out

To demonstrate felting the letters, I will be using the letter A.  Choose a color that complements the main color and stretch the wool into a thin line by slowly pulling it apart.  I used a Clover Pen loaded with two needles as it helps keep straight lines as you felt; however, one felting needle can be used as well!

how to make felted personalized balls

Line up the thin tuft of wool along one side of the straight pins and needle felt it into place.  Continue this process, until the outline of the letter is complete.  Don’t forget the inside parts of the letter like in the letter “A, B, or R”.

how to needle felt letters on a wet felted ball

After the outline is complete, remove the straight pins and needle felt between the outline as if you were coloring.    One last step left:  simply go back over the entire ball with a smaller felting needle(a larger number) to give it a nice finish.

wet and needle felted balls with a name spelled out

This is how the finished name will look!  You could also only capitalize the first letter of the name if preferred; or make one side upper case and one side lowercase.

wet and needle felted balls with letters

My daughter watched me the whole time wondering when she could play with them; practicing her name on a piece of paper with her older brother.  Here she is with her new felted balls.  So sweet!

my daughter with her personalized felted balls