Needle-Felted Kitty Treat Tote
- Wool felt: charcoal, 3/8 yd.; yellow/gold, 1/4 yd.
- Wool roving, small amounts: black; light orange; burnt orange; dark green; white; yellow/gold
- Purse-n-alize-it! “D” shaped bamboo handles with 4-1/2” opening (#90-00-19039), one pair (Blumenthal Craft)
- Pearl cotton: black; white
- Embroidery floss: reddish brown; yellow/gold
- Purple silk ribbon, 1/8”, 8” length
- Assorted brown and white buttons, six
- Silver snaps, two
- Needles: felting; embroidery
- Large felting mat
- Pinking shears
- Straight pins
- 1. Print and cut out pattern. Cut pocket from gold felt; trim top edge with pinking shears. Transfer design to pocket.
- 2. Place pocket shape on felting needle mat. Pull off small piece of black wool roving. Twist strands slightly so edges are smooth, shape into an oval for cat’s heat and begin placing roving on pocket, following pattern. Punch with needle tool until shape lies flat. Continue placing black roving on pocket for cat’s ears, body, and tail. Add additional roving as needed to fill in details.
- 3. Continue following same procedure as Step 2, felting pumpkins with light orange, shading edges and lines with burnt orange. Felt pumpkin stems with green, spider webs with white, and cat’s nose with gold.
- 4. Use black pearl cotton to straight stitch web details, sew snaps to eye dots, and sew a purple ribbon bow to cat’s neck. Use white pearl cotton to straight stitch whiskers.
- 5. Cut two 11”x12” rectangles from charcoal felt, cutting top edges with pinking shears. Round bottom edges of rectangles in same way as pocket.
- 6. Pin pocket to one charcoal rectangle, 3” up from bottom and centered from side to side. Use brown floss to blanket stitch pocket to rectangle around side and bottom edges.
- 7. Pin charcoal rectangle together with right sides facing out. Use gold floss to blanket stitch around side and bottom edges.
- 8. Cut two 4” squares from gold felt, cutting two opposite edges of each square with pinking shears. Use brown floss to blanket stitch along straight edges of both squares.
- 9. Wrap gold squares around straight sides of bamboo handles and over top front and back of bag at center. (Note: Embroidered edges of squares should be at sides.) Use gold floss to sew three buttons evenly spaced to gold squares to attach handles to bag.
- 1. Blanket stitch so lines wrap around outside edges of felt, working stitch in opposite direction it is normally done. Use three strands floss for all blanket stitches.
- Needle Felting Tips
- 1. Place felt (or base material for design) on felting needle mat. Pull off a small piece of wool roving. Twist strands slightly so edges are smooth and place on felt on mat around edge of area that is to be covered. Fill area with additional wool roving as needed and punch with needle tool until shape lies flat. To finish design, continue following same procedure using different wool roving colors.
- 2. To needle felt an intricate design, copy pattern on paper. Cut out one or more shapes from the paper pattern. Tape pattern to felt (or base material for design) on felting needle mat. Work wool roving in cut-out areas of pattern. Continue cutting out and filling in shapes from pattern until entire design has been needle felted.
- 3. To shade an area, first fill in entire area with the main color of wool roving. Then place a very small amount of another color on an area of the shape and punch with needle tool.
- 4. If you are unhappy with the placement of the wool roving on the design and wish to change it, pull that section out very carefully and work that area again.
by Mary Ayres