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

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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!

Needle Felting Tutorial on Happy Strawberries

Today I’m sharing my adorable needle felted strawberries and you can make your own by following this tutorial.  Here they are amidst my “real strawberry plants”.  Now let’s get on to the tutorial!

needle felted happy strawberries

You will needle wool roving or batting in the following colors: red, green, brown, yellow, white, black and pink.  Obviously if you want the berry minus the face or seeds, you will just need red and green.  Grab your
felting needles and a safe foam/brush surface and let’s go.

First grab a handful of red roving.  Shape it with your hands into a loose ball. Now lightly shape it into a ball with your largest size felting needle; I used a size 36.  Remember to do all felting on the foam pad surface. Simply push the needle in the wool over and over again.  Turn the wool as you go to create a ball. Do not make the ball dense, just a very light felting at this stage.

how to needle felt a strawberry

Next squeeze the bottom of it with your fingers to create a tip.  Now needle felt one side of this tip flat.  Flip the “berry” and needle felt the other side of the tip flat.

how to needle felt a strawberry

It should now look like this.  It is getting a little bit more strawberry shaped.

needle felting tutorial on strawberries

You want a rounded tip, not a flat tip.  Imagine the 2 sides of the tip you just felted and felt one of the areas between these two sides.  Flip it and felt the remaining side of the tip.  Felting four different sides of the tip like this should result in a rounded tip.

needle felting tutorial on strawberries

The tip is indented at this time; so go ahead and needle felt the top of the strawberry until the top bit is as felted as the tip is.  Be sure to maintain the rounded appearance of the top as you felt!

needle felting a strawberry

Now grab a smaller felting needle(a larger number needle) and needle felt the entire strawberry trying to maintain the basic shape as you go.  This should make the berry more dense.  Check the density of your strawberry after this step.  Make sure it is firm and that if you squeeze it, it maintains its basic shape.  If this is confusing check out my tutorial on checking for density.

tutorial on needle felting a strawberry

Up next, is the green strawberry leaves.  Create a paper star shaped template that will fit right over the top of the strawberry.  Pin it directly to the top of the strawberry through the center of the star.  Next pin each star tip down.  Make sure the straight pins are pointing straight down rather than towards the center of the berry.  Grab a felting pen now, if you have one, it will be useful in the next step!

how to needle felt a strawberry

Grab a small piece of green wool and stretch it into a thin line by grabbing one side with each hand and slowly pulling.

tutorial on felting play food strawberries

Now follow along the edge of the star template and needle felt this thin green piece along its entire edge.  If you run out of wool before you have traced the template, simply pull another thin piece and continue.  Needle felt slowly and carefully for this part being cautious of the straight pins.

making a needle felt strawberry

Now we have an outline of the leaves.  Just fill this outline in with green wool as if you were coloring.

how to needle felt strawberries

Time to add the seeds.  Grab a very small piece of yellow, roll it into a ball between your fingers, and place it on your felting needle.  Place your felting needle where you would like your seeds to be and go in and out in the same spot to create a tiny felted seed.  Add as many as you feel comfortable with.  If you would like a face, leave part of one side seedless!

tutorial on felting strawberries

Next, add a small brown circle to the center of the leaf star to represent the area the strawberry was plucked from the plant.

tutorial on felting play food strawberries

Now it is time to needle felt the adorable face onto the berry.  If you need help with this step, simply follow my tutorial on creating faces.  After adding the face, grab a smaller felting needle(a larger number) and needle felt the entirety of the berry.  This will smooth out any indentations and pull those loose tufts to the surface.

tutorial on felting play food strawberries

Now the felted strawberry is complete!  One strawberry will take around 1 to 1.5 hours to create.  The one that I used for this tutorial is on the left.  I couldn’t just make one strawberry; they are simply so cute and sweet that I needed at least a pair of them.

strawberry with a face needle felted

Hopefully you were able to easily follow this tutorial; if you have any questions, feel free to comment.  Also, check out my other needle felting tutorials if you haven’t gotten your fill of cuteness yet!

all natural needle felted strawberry toys