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 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

Colorful Fall Leaves Needle Felting Tutorial

felt colorful fall leaves

This tutorial will walk you step by step through the very easy task of needle felting colorful fall leaves.  I’m going to make a decorative fall bunting with the leaves that I make this season.  However, they would also combine to make a lovely autumn wreath and one could dangle near a window as a neverending falling leaf.  I’m sure there are many other beautiful options, but I will leave the rest of the brainstorming to you.

Let’s begin the tutorial.

You will need:

wool roving/batting in autumn shades
a foam surface or needle felting brush
felting needles(a felting pen is handy but not necessary.)

First, gather some leaf templates.  These could be hand drawn and cut, they could be traced from leaves collected in your yard, they could be fall cookie cutters lying around in the kitchen or, if you are lazy like me, just google search “fall leaf template”.

Templates for Leaves

I will be using the elm leaf to demonstrate this method.  It is the easiest template that I have.  So it should be easy to follow along!  I realize that the template may not be necessary for such a simple leaf design, but while creating a maple or oak leaf the importance of this template system becomes clear!

Set the hollow template atop the working surface(brush or foam), then pull small tufts of wool and place inside the leaf template.  Keep on layering these little tufts; it takes a bit more than you would think! Then needle felt  inside the template with a large felting needle(around a 36).  Continue felting until the little tufts of wool become one mass.

How to needle felt an autumn leaf

Now the template is no longer necessary; remove it from the foam surface.  Now carefully peel the leaf off of the working surface.  Held up to the light, the weak spots will shine through.  Add small tufts to the weak areas and needle felt with the same size(36) needle until a uniform thickness is achieved.

Felt Colorful Autumn Leaves

How to felt leaf decorations.

The edges of the leaf are now raggedy and incomplete.  Compare the leaf I’m working on to my previously completed orange leaf.  At this point, carefully work the edges until they are firm and curve similarly to the chosen template.

needle felting colorul autumn leaves

Now the leaf has the correct shape but the fibers of the wool can still be compressed a bit more.  Grab a smaller size needle(38), lay a bit of paper between the working surface and the leaf, and needle felt one side, then flip it and needle felt the opposite side.

How to Felt Autumn Leaves

At this point the leaf is basically complete.  I chose to grab an even smaller needle and really make it neat.

needle felted autumn foliage

Each leaf will take between 25 minutes to 1 hour depending upon the complexity of the leaf shape chosen.  Good luck with this project and if you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me!

felt fall leaves

Felted Fall Leaves

felted fall leaves

I’m finally able to designate time to my beloved craft of needle felting.  My children started school, then my camera was misbehaving, and to top it all off, a nasty bug followed the kids home from school.  Finally, all is well and I can get back to  fun creative projects.  So this week, I have been busy preparing for the felting madness to come.  I pulled out my trusty food colors and started to create my palette of vivid, beautiful wool.  I love the dying process. You never quite know what color will take, and the results are a happy surprise each time!

My Food Coloring Collection

I have started a new project as well . . . Felted Autumn Leaves.  I’m so excited that Fall has arrived, my favorite season.  Leaves just scream Autumn. . . the colorful spectacle in every forest and neighborhood, the crunching noise under your boots, quietly spinning in the wind, and giggling children jumping in a large pile.  A tutorial on these leaves will be available in the near future!  I’m looking forward to sharing my autumn creations with everyone.

Felt Leaf Decorations for Fall