Hearts and round shapes made with a wool needle felting tutorial

How to Needle Felt – Beginners Tutorial

Meet Lucia. My friend, neighbor, and young craft phenom! She reminds me of myself (but better) at her age. I’d like to believe if I had grown up with the plethora of today’s resources, that I’d have dived in with wild abandon as she does! Lucia takes full advantage of all opportunities to follow her creative heart. Currently, she enjoys painting, needle felting, and creating handmade cards. You can find her selling her wares at craft shows with her Grandma who sells handmade mittens. (Mittens by Mom & Me) Come along as Lucia walks us through her, How to Needle Felt – Beginners Tutorial.

Today Lucia is going to take us through a quick tutorial for creating tiny heart shapes out of wool. These needle felted hearts are a wonderful beginner project because they are easy and quick.

What is Needle Felting

Needle felting is the process of forcing wool fibers together with a special barbed craft needle simply by poking a shape repeatedly to form a solid form. You can create all kinds of three-dimensional objects, for example, hearts, flowers, food shapes, birds or animals, etc. They make the cutest gifts and decorations. Moreover, the process is relaxing and surprisingly therapeutic!

Material Buying Sources

Felting Needle (affiliate link)
Cookie Cutter
Wool Roving
 (affiliate link)
Foam Pad

Protective Finger Pads (optional)
Beginner Felting Kit (optional)

How to Needle Felt Video

Watch and learn how easy it is to needle felt hearts! (11 minutes)


Needle Felting Instructions

Put the cookie cutter on the protective pad, sharp side down. Pull off enough wool roving to fill the cutter. Meanwhile, twirl the wool and shape it so you can stuff the cutter with wool.

Using a felting needle, start poking the wool evenly to flatten it until the surface is relatively smooth. Add more wool if necessary. Feel the felt start to thicken. Subsequently, the longer you needle the wool, the more compact and solid the heart will be. To avoid felting the shape into the pad, lift it up and turn over regularly as you go. Remember to keep your needle at a 90-degree angle to the pad so there is no risk of breaking the needle against the metal cookie cutter.

Once you are happy with the thickness of your shape, remove it from the cookie-cutter. After that, it’s time to refine the form and clean up any stray wool fibers. Work evenly around the edges, needling, and shaping where necessary until you have the heart shape you like.

You can leave the heart just as is, thread it on to the end of a paper clip, attach it to a barrette for your hair or put it on a ribbon to create a beautiful garland. Your options are endless.

The needle felting process is transferable to all kinds of shapes, so experiment and enjoy the fun! Please leave any questions you have in the comments below.



Felting needles are very sharp, for that reason, be very careful that your fingers don’t get in the way of the needle! Beginners might benefit by using protective finger pads until you get the hang of it. 🙂

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  • Marcy Salo
    Posted at 19:45h, 07 November Reply

    Love this! Thank you.

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 06:29h, 08 November Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Marcy! So glad you liked it!☺️

  • Jen
    Posted at 08:18h, 09 December Reply

    I have always loved all things felted. And wondered how it was done. Thank you!

    • cindy munson
      Posted at 16:38h, 10 December Reply

      Your very welcome Jen! Thank you so much for letting me know you stopped by.☺️

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