13 needle felting projects for beginners

Needle felting has made a come back in a big way. Here's 13 easy needle felting projects to kick start your journey into the craft.

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Needle felting is back by popular demand and we’re seeing #molliemakers all over the world getting involved. To feed your passion for this fab technique, we’ve collected 13 easy needle felting projects and creative ideas for you to try. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, these simple projects are a fab weekend make.


If you’re a complete beginner to needle felting, we’d recommend watching Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts‘ online videos. They teach you all the basics, from creating and shaping a basic animal head, legs and body.

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Embroidery beads

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These embroidered beads are quick easy makes to practise your needle felting skills on. Annie and Lynn from Handmade by RosiePink have uploaded a tutorial onto their blog on making the felt beads and then embroidering them.


 Mini teacup pincushion

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Gretel Parker took over the Mollie blog to teach you how to make this adorable little teacup pincushion. It’ll keep all your pins in one place and is a needle felting project you can work on one evening in front of the TV.


DIY mobile

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Felting idea number 4. Use the needle felt ball tutorial above to make your own mobile? We love this one by You Frill Me and it would make a great baby shower or house warming gift.


Needlefelt writing

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Our fave Fall for DIY is back and has mastered the art of writing with needle felt. Use her tutorial and write your own quotes, names and places and attach them to anything you like! This one is definitely going on our needle felting projects to do list.



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These ornaments are by Home for the Harvest and are giving us hygge vibes. Although they’re meant to be Christmas decorations we think these would look lovely all year round. You’ve got to get started early on your Christmas needle felting projects makers!


Cherry bag charm

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Katherine Jalaty of Making Chicken Salad has kindly shown you how to make this summery cherry bag charm. See the tutorial here. Five-minute needle felting projects are our fave kind of craft!


Mini needle felt owls

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How adorable are these guys? Needle felt yourself some miniature owls using Lia Griffith’s tutorial. She has loads of animal DIYs on her blog so if owls don’t take your fancy you can choose another mini make.

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At number 9 is a practical felting project. My Poppet Makes has the tutorial for these giant buttons which you could make and pop onto any cardigans you have. Practical needle felting projects that you can use day-to-day? Yes, please.

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An alternative take on needle felting is Holly from Club Crafted’s rainbow pillow. Check out her tutorial to make this new addition for your bedroom.

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Needle felt isn’t all about décor and animals. You can make patches and attach them to your jackets, trousers or sweaters for an upcycle embellishment. Honestly, WTF has made this heart elbow patch and shows you how on her blog.


Needle felt plants

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Dani Ives‘ needlefelt cactuses are the ideal project for those of us who can’t keep plants alive. This is great for beginners as Dani provides the needle felting projects kit along with an e-course on how to make them.


Felted ball earrings

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Another super easy make and this one is courtesy of Small Good Things blog. You could even string some together for a colourful necklace.


Funky garlands

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We’re finishing off our needle felt round-up with A Beautiful Mess and her macaroon garland tutorial. What a delicious looking needle felting project to get started on.

Bonus Christmas needle felting projects


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Benzie Design‘s Christmas needle felting garland is the perfect addition to your tree! We love the needle felt holly.


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The tutorial for these mini needle felting Christmas trees is here.


Need another use for your cookie cutters? Why not use them to make your own needle felting ornaments for the Christmas tree? They’re a little bit healthier than your average Christmas cookie.


We hope you love our collection of needle felting projects. For even more needle felting projects and inspiration follow our Pinterest board.