If you haven't tried needle felting yet but have been inspired by the adorable fuzzy pieces all over Pinterest right now, here's your chance to try your hand at this fun craft. Needle felting is the process of taking strands of fuzzy fibers called wool roving and, using a special needle-like tool, shaping those fibers into tight structures that hold their shape. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of how to sculpt the wool into the shape you want, but it won't be long before you're making felted animals, food, and other needle felted creations for yourself or as gifts.
For this needle felted fruit project, we used several colors of wool roving and a bit of fiberfill stuffing. Our directions are for the petite pear, but you can adapt the technique to make an entire fruit basket by swapping out colors and shapes.
Use fiberfill stuffing to create a stack of two spheres; one larger and one smaller, like a snowman. Using fiberfill instead of wool roving for the "filling" is an inexpensive way to shape the body of the pear. It will get covered with light green wool roving to give the pear its signature color.
Wrap the fiberfill body with layers of mint green wool roving and place on the felting pad. Use one felting needle to hold the body in place while you manipulate the fibers with another needle. Continue to poke the roving on the fiberfill to form the shape. As you continue to needle-felt the roving, the pear will begin to take shape.
Tear off a small amount of dark brown wool roving and roll it between your fingers. Place it on the felting pad and use a needle to 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.
Make a couple holes with a needle where you want the eyes to go. Apply strong liquid adhesive to the eye posts and insert them in the body. 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 gently blend outward with the tip of needle (too hard and the tip of the needle might snap) to attach in place.