Felting Tutorial | Pumpkin Decoration

It has been a hot minute since I’ve been even close to caught up on this blog. I have pattern tests, personal projects, family projects, and even pattern releases that I have not even made a peep about. I really wanted to roll them all out in order, but it has become an increasingly overwhelming task. I will start fresh– start from now– and post past projects as I am able, in no particular order.

DSC_0879ppd

I am currently working on a series of social media posts and tutorials to demonstrate how to make these gorgeous pumpkins. I will be doing a LIVE demonstration this Friday over at Get Creative With Us on Facebook.

DSC_0773web

The large pumpkins in this photo are actually hats, which I will not be demonstrating. I will provide a free pdf template, which includes three sizes.

DSC_0811

DSC_0882ppd

Come join the fun over at Get Creative With Us. I will post more in the coming days leading up to the LIVE demonstration this Friday.

Tutorial Tuesday | Felted Easter Egg

Today’s tutorial is very easy, versatile, and super fun for the kiddos!

DSC_0235

Tis the season for pastel colors, so pull them out and get ready to make some cute felted Easter eggs. They are reusable, unbreakable, and don’t stink (when cooking or dyeing)! They’re great for holiday decoration or games. The best part is that they’re fun to make!

Materials needed:

  1. poly-fil or core wool
  2. pastel colored outer wool
  3. felting needle
  4. felting pad
  5. warm soapy water
  6. cold tap water

So, let’s get started.

First, shape a small ball of poly-fil using the felting needle.

DSC_0196

Just keep stabbing until it’s close to the right shape. This doesn’t have to be perfect.

DSC_0197

Wrap the egg in pastel colored outer wool and use the felting needle to secure the fibers.

DSC_0200

You can spend as much or as little time as you’d like felting the egg. We will be wet felting this, but you could just needle felt it. If you choose to only needle felt, you’d want to spend more time making sure all the fibers are entangled well.

DSC_0201

Add some embellishments with another pastel color. My son wanted stripes. On other eggs, we did polka dots, zig zags, multiple colors. Get creative!

DSC_0208

Secure the fibers using the felting needle. Again, no need to spend too much time or be too perfect with this.

DSC_0209

Dunk the whole egg into the warm soapy water.

DSC_0214

The heat and the soap further secure the fibers.

DSC_0216

Roll the egg between your hands. The more you play with it, the more harder the felted shell will become. This is where the felting magic really happens. The friction and pressure of playing with the egg cause the fibers to entangle. They get matted and entangled enough that the whole egg begins to shrink and become more compacted. DSC_0225

This is a great activity to do outside, if it’s warm enough. It can be a little messy.

 

DSC_0224

When you’ve played with the egg enough, rinse it in cold tap water to remove all the suds. Allow the egg to dry outside or even in the dryer. (It will likely continue shrinking in the dryer- so just be aware)

DSC_0232

After your egg is dry, you can add more needle felted embellishments or leave it as is.

DSC_0230

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun and simple felting idea. I’d love to see if you try this craft- let me know!

 

 

DSC_0231

Come see me on Facebook for latest projects. (Click the following image to go directly to Puddy Pad Designs on Facebook.)

DSC_0234

Wednesday Faves

I plan to do more on this blog, moving forward, than I have in the past. Many of you have asked for tutorials on my felting processes. I hope to include some. I want to give you some tips and tricks- maybe some free patterns- on Fridays. Wednesdays will be about my recent favorite projects. Maybe I’ll have some new designs to show you, or maybe it will be something completely different.

 

So, it’s now time for our first installment of Wednesday Faves!

I have been loving the Spring props lately. I feel like this winter has just dragged on and on. This week, though, the sun is shining and giving me hope that it won’t be winter forever.

dsc_0072

dsc_0086dsc_0089dsc_0077dsc_0088

If you like what you see, please visit me at Facebook, share, or pin!