Make a Sweet Felt Pear
Made using felting techniques, this cute fruit is the perfect craft for when you just need an extra dash of adorable. Try making a bunch and giving them as handmade gifts.
Polyfill and mint green wool roving create this precious pear. This technique can be adapted to different shapes and colors to create an entire fruit basket.
What You'll Need:
- 36- or 38-gauge felting needle
- Mint green wool roving
- Dark brown wool roving
- Black wool roving
- Pink wool roving
- Black toy eyes
- Super glue
Step 1: Form the Inside
Use polyfill to create a stack of two spheres; one larger and one smaller, like a snowman. Using polyfill is an inexpensive way to shape the body of the pear. We'll cover it with wool roving to give the pear its signature color.
Step 2: Cover the Polyfill
Cover the polyfill with layers of mint green roving; needle-felt them in with a special felting needle. A 36 or 38-gauge felting needle is a good, all-purpose needle. Continue to poke the roving onto the polyfill to form the shape. As you continue to needle-felt the roving, the pear will begin to take shape.
Step 3: Make the Stem
Tear off a small amount of dark brown wool and roll it between your fingers; felt it into a small tubular shape. Attach to the top of the pear by needle-felting the bottom of the stem to the top of the pear. Continue poking until the stem is completely attached.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Make 2 channels for eyes; attach with superglue. Roll a tiny bit of black roving into a thin line and attach for smile. Use your felting needle to form the curve of the smile. Add pink cheeks using a tiny bit of pink roving, and blend outward with tip of needle gently (too hard and the tip of the needle might snap) to attach in place.
Try making adorable felt peas in a pod.