It will be Christmas (or whichever winter holiday you celebrate) before you realize it! If you’re making handcrafted gifts for your loved ones, now’s the time. Thankfully, needle felting can produce beautiful, completely unique creations in a matter of hours. The more you practice, the faster you’ll get.
Want to start your own Santa’s workshop focused on the fiber arts? Or perhaps you came to this post looking for gift ideas for a craftsy loved one. At Bear Creek Felting, we love helping people stoke their creative fires. Read on to explore some Christmas needle-felting ideas, plan some family fiber-art fun, and learn how to find the perfect present for your favorite fiber artist.
Festive Yuletide Needle-Felting Projects
Because needle-felting is so versatile, you can make just about anything for anyone on your list. Here are some ideas:
- Create a miniature felted version of your loved one’s favorite animal.
- Felt cozy insoles for your dad whose feet always get cold in his boots or slippers.
- Needle-felt a unique design onto a wool pouch or pillow cover.
- Felt a moisture-wicking, durable coaster for your coworker who always has a cold drink. With a bit of diligence and sewing know-how, you could also create a coffee-cup sleeve or beer koozie.
- Add some handmade Christmas decor such as felted stars or festive characters, e.g. elves, reindeer, or snowmen (and snowwomen!)
- Or, needle-felt whimsical, beautiful Christmas tree ornaments that will last for years to come.
Need more ideas? Check out the list we compiled last year for all sorts of Yuletide fiber crafts!
And don’t forget, needle-felting is a fun family activity, too! Kids can take part, making their own creations or taking turns working on a project. Pop on your favorite holiday TV special, break out the cider, turn up the fire, and let everyone enjoy this relaxing, festive craft!
So, wrap up those autumn projects, and let’s start felting a winter wonderland. ‘Tis the season for boundless creativity!
Best Gifts for Needle Felters
Needle-felting does tend to get addictive, but sadly, felting needles wear down over time. Projects get bigger and more complex, requiring more wool. So, fiber artists are always in need of more supplies.
If you’re looking for great Christmas gifts for the needle-felter(s) in your life, consider these options:
Multi-pack of felting needles. These come in various gauges and patterns. Advanced needle-felters often want a mix of options. (Tip: Gift them a convenient carrying case, too!)
A new needle-felting pillow. Many store-bought cushions are made of polyurethane foam, which wears out quickly — and dulls the needle to boot. We offer an eco-friendly felted cushion that lasts longer!
Wool, wool, and more wool! We can’t felt without wool. And trust me, most fiber artists love to have a wide variety of colors to play with. There are so many shades of green, blue, red, yellow, brown, and so on… all vital to the project’s final results, yet you must buy each color separately. By gifting them more wool colors, you open a whole new world, whether they’re needle-felting a cornucopia or a calico cat!
Get more ideas plus some extra tips here.
When in doubt, give them a gift card to the Bear Creek Felting shop. Trust us, they’ll love it.
Or if your loved one is relatively new to needle felting or wants to get started, you can give them the greatest gift of all: a newfound passion! Choose from one of these felting bundles to help them fire up their hobby. You could also gift them a membership to my Needle Felting Academy, chock-full of helpful advice and supportive peers!
Join Us for the Holidays
Mark your calendars now: We’ll be hosting another Makers’ Mart at our next “Nome for the Holidays” event! This will take place December 3-4, 2022 at the Nome Schoolhouse. We’re currently accepting vendors, so if you’d like to share your handmade items with the community, apply now!
And speaking of Nome Schoolhouse, our swag is another great gift option for Bear Creek Felting students, alumni, and fans! Check out the merchandise here and help your loved one show off their Nome pride!
Also, we’re open for retreats and private holidays. Here in Nome, it truly becomes a winter wonderland. Come enjoy a country Christmas with us. Nome Schoolhouse offers cozy rooms, homemade belly-warming food, and gorgeous Yuletide decor. It’s truly magical. Book your winter getaway here.