Machine Needle Felting Projects

Written by mercedes valladares
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Felting projects are generally associated with hand needle work, whether with wet or dry felting. Manufacturers have started to respond by producing felting attachments for sewing machines. These attachments allow crafters to design as they stitch, or draw freestyle sketches on their base fabric, with felting needles and needle-felting feet.

Floral Choker

Select wool roving or batt, which is a sheet of carded fibre, for your choker base. Choose two to three colours that may be interchanged in your felting pattern. For example, use a base colour for your choker or add an alternating pattern such as mini leaves or felt stitches in a contrast colour. Felt out a 1-1/2 to 2 inch wide choker. You can opt to hand sew snaps or ties for closures. Felt a separate circular pattern or flower approximately 2 inches in diameter. Hand stitch to your choker. You can opt to mix mediums such as beads to your flower centre.

Mini Hobo Handbag with Flower

Select two to three contrasting colours. Do not freestyle the pattern on your felting machine. Measure your bag height and bottom panel. For instance, felt two round panels for the front and back of your hobo handbag to create a finished bag 8 inches wide by 8 inches long. Your bottom panel can be 3 inches deep by 6 inches long. Felt narrow straps for your handles or mix mediums such as bamboo or wood handles. Felt a 3 inch diameter flower, mixing the contrasting colours and attach with a hand stitch. You can opt to not groom the fibres for a textured surface.


Sketch a headband pattern with a chalk pen on your base fabric. Measure your crown with a flexible tape measure. Your headband can finish at 3 inches wide by 22 inches long. Add extra inches for any novelty closures in your measurements or use clear elastic. This is a stretch thread which requires a darning-type needle. It is available in a variety of colours and different thickness. Incorporate simple or elaborate patterns. Your felting can be uniform or add an uneven finish to the headband's edges.


Select two to five colours for your scarf. Merino wool is one of the most popular wools because of its softness and subtle sheen. You can opt to use a carder to blend the colours into a new patterned colour wool. You can also opt to add other fibres such as embroidery threads, eyelash yarns, metallic or iridescent fibres, silk hanks as well as commercial craft felt. You can wet or needle-felt these fibres into the wool. Select a lining to be placed in between the two layers for your scarf. Measure the length and width for your scarf and machine needle the blended wool into the scarf's specs. Add long wool curls at the ends of your scarf for a fringelike finish.

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