Wool Crafts

Inspiration and tutorials for crafts that use wool – needle felting, wet felting, and more

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DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsOur new home is in a brand new community, so we’re all new neighbors relatively speaking. Still, when someone newer moves in, we try to welcome her. It has been made easier by our community’s Facebook group, as it often allows us to learn about our new neighbors weeks before they arrive. We have a neighbor moving in during October who is very much into her cats, so I decided to create this Halloween Pet BOO Kit for her. We stocked our BOO Kit with Temptations® classic treats for cats tasty chicken flavor 6.3oz , Temptations® classic treats for cats savory salmon flavor 6.3oz, and SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ Chicken Paté. Our cats love all of these products, so I am hoping hers will too. I also included a few felt cat toys that I made for her cats.DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI’m going to leave the kit on her doorstep with this BOO Kit card. One of my neighbors BOO’d us when we first moved into the neighborhood that we lived in in California and we found it to be really exciting to try to sneak our BOO gifts on our other neighbors’ porches. To BOO your neighbors, you simply:

  1. Make a BOO Bundle.
  2. Secretly Deliver it.
  3. BOO it Forward.

DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThese felt cat toys are super cute and easy to make! I don’t wet felt them, however, because the water would get trapped in the bells and mold or rust. If you would like to make these, you will need:

  • Jingle bells 15 mm (you could also use cat nip in addition to or instead of the jingle bell)
  • Wool roving in colors of your choice
  • Needle felting foam/work surface
  • Needle felting needle size 36 (1 or more needles)
  • Needle felting needle size 40 (1 or more needles)

DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsDirections to make felt cat toys:

Separate your wool roving, tearing it into strips that are about 6″ longDIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsWrap your strips of roving around your jingle bells, criss crossing over each other (note the image below, I used white wool in the center to give you a better idea of what this should look like)DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsContinue laying strips of wool on your bell until your bell is completely covered in wool and you have formed a ball that is about 3″ in diameterDIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsSet the ball of wool on your felting foam and use your size 36 needle to jab the ball over and over (do not jab too deeply!!!! If you hit the bell, you most likely will break the needle, so just jab about 1/4″ deep at a time and stop when you get that close to the bell)
DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsRotate the ball in every direction and continue to jab until your ball is about 1/2 of its original size (the wool will get much smoother and firmer as you jab it and it turns into felt)DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsNow go over the whole ball with your size 40 needle to make it even smootherDIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsPinch off small bit of wool in the color you need and roll the bit around to get the fibers mixed up some (remember start with small bits, you can always add more wool if you need more, but you can’t remove wool once it is felted)DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI find the easiest way to add embellishment to felt projects is to jab around the embellishment outline with my size 40 needle at a diagonal angle.DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsContinue to jab at the wool of your embellishment, adding more wool or different colors as neededDIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsYou can layer different colors on top of each other, as I did when I added black wool on top of the orange wool to make the eyes on this jack o’ lantern
DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIf you want to try something simpler, you can just add felt stripes, spirals, or polka dots to your ballDIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Do you have pets? Have you ever felted your pet a toy? These seem pretty sturdy and others I made lasted for several years. I was able to find all of these products at our local Walmart in their cat section, which is in the pet section.

DIY Felt Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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