Folksy Felt Ornaments

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Folksy Felt Ornaments

I do love holiday glitz, glitter and sparkle, but I also enjoy the natural side of the season, too. I’m inspired by the softness of the winter – the outdoors sounds dampened by snow, the wooly textures of our sweaters and coats, and the critters the brave the elements. 

Taking a few cues from the winter season, I created these Folksy Felt Ornaments to adorn your tree or trim your holiday home. They say winter without screaming Christmas.     

These critters are even more simple than they seem and they’re created from two basic Fuse Creativity System® dies – the oval and the circle.  You’ll use a needle felting technique to join the shapes.

To create the fox, begin by using your Fuse Creativity System® to cut two brown ovals, one white circle, and two brown circles from felting roll sheets. Your standard crafting felt won’t work for this project, you must use felting wool which is much thicker and more durable.

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From the brown felt circle, cut away two “leaf” shapes.  The piece remaining will be the fox’s face and the point is his snout. The “leaves” will become the ears.

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Lay the brown felt mask on top of the white felt circle and place them on a styrofoam block. 

Take your felting needle, and begin jabbing the needle into the felt layers in an up and down motion. Work your way around the mask. The needle has a barb, and by moving it up and down, you will agitate the fibers and eventually they will cling together and the layers will merge. Watch your fingers! Felting needles are quite sharp, so pay close attention to what you’re doing!

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Take the ears and place on top of the fox’s head as pictured. Use your felting needle to join the layers, working only within the dotted line as illustrated. If you stray outside this line, his ears won’t stand upright.

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Cut a tiny dark brown oval from a felt scrap to create the nose. Use your felting needle to attach it to the tip of his snout.

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Cut the edge of the second brown circle off to create the tail. Cut a scrap of white for the tip, and felt these two layers together with your needle.

Felt the tail to one of the brown ovals.

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Place the two brown ovals together, and work around the outer edge with your felting needle. Avoid the center of the ovals and leave the bottom end open. 

Fold the fox’s face in half so the ears point upward and the nose points down. Place the fox’s body between the two layers of the folded circle, and pin all of the pieces to your styrofoam block. Felt the layers together where the fox’s face and body overlap, as indicated by the dotted lines in the photograph. You’re working many layers together, so give this area a lot of attention with your felting needle.

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After the head and body are joined, put a small amount of stuffing into the body. Use your needle to work along the edges of the open end and seal the body closed.

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Use a needle and thread to attach a small loop of rick-rack to the back of the fox’s head.

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To create the owl, begin by cutting two ovals from the brown felt, one white circle, and one blue circle with your Fuse.

From the blue felt circle, cut away two “leaf” shapes, just like you did with the fox. The piece remaining will be the owl’s beak and ears. The “leaves” will become the wings.

Lay the remaining blue piece on top of the white felt circle and place them on a styrofoam block. Join your pieces together using a felting needle, working within the dotted lines indicated on the photo. It’s important that you only join the pieces at the beak and top of the circle, not the area in the center. If you felt in the center, the ears wont pop up when you assemble the owl.

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Cut two small brown felt circles for eyes and felt them to the owl’s face.

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Felt the two wings to the top layer of the owl’s body.

Place the two brown ovals together, and work around the outer edge with your felting needle. Avoid the center of the ovals and leave the bottom end open. 

Fold the owl’s face in half fold so the beak points downward. Place the owl’s body between the two layers of the folded circle, and pin all of the pieces to your styrofoam block. Felt the layers together where the owl’s head and body overlap, as indicated by the dotted lines on photo below.

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Fold the owl’s ears up.  Attach a rick-rack loop to the back of the ornament using a needle and thread. 

When you’ve completed a few owls and foxes, try experimenting with other shapes to see what animals you can create!

Supply List

Brown felting wool sheet
White felting wool sheet
Blue felting wool sheet
Poly-fill
Rick-rack
Needle
Thread
Straight pins
Felting needle
Styrofoam block