Oct 14 2011

Needle Felting tutorial: Circle Felt Necklace

Circle Felt Necklace 1

After making a simple pair of earrings with felt balls (on this post), I was determined to make a matching necklace with lots of coloured felt balls. But then I thought about practicality (which is very rare for me :)); if I make a necklace with felt balls, chances are that I can’t close the buttons of my coat, surely…? So I came up with the idea of using circle-shaped felts instead of felt balls. These circles take less time to make, and less bulky, so it’s a win-win result!

You will need (for felt circles):

  • wool fibre
  • felting needle and foam pad/ felting mat
  • small piece of craft paper
  • scotch tape


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1) Cut a piece of paper into a 2 x 7 cm strip. You can use any time of paper, but it has to be heavy weight.

2) Wrap the paper around a pen or round object; it should be about 2.5 – 3cm diameter.

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3) Secure the loop by putting a tape around the paper. This is going to be your felt mold. I also used slightly smaller mold so that my circles would be roughly in two sizes.

4) Now, it’s time to felt. You’ll need about this much amount of wool for one circle.

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5) Place the wool into the mold, and poke with a felting needle. I’m using ‘3 in 1 needle’ to quicken the felting process.

6) Keep on felting; don’t forget to felt the edges, too! I love using molds for needle felting, because they protect your fingers from the needle while making small objects.

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7) When the wool looks and feels firm, take it out from the mold, turn it upside down, and put it back in the mold.

8) Poke until it’s nicely felted.

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9) When the fibres are nicely compressed, take the felt out from the mold. Place the felt between your fingers, and carefully poke its sides. This is when I poke my fingers (almost always), so please watch your fingers!

When the sides are felted, it’s done! Repeat the same process to make lots of more circles. For my necklace, I used 28 circles.

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It looks like this from the side.

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This is entirely optional, but if you want your circles to be smooth (less fluffy and no needle marks) and more durable, you can rub them in hot, soapy water. Just make sure that you wet felt the pale coloured circles first so that they don’t catch darker coloured fibres.


You will need (for the necklace):

Circle Felt Necklace tool
  • beads
  • sewing needle and thread
  • trigger catch
  • jump ring
  • 2 knot covers
  • round nose pliers


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1) Arrange the felt circles, selecting which colours come next to each other (this was the hardest process for me!).

2) Thread the needle and tie a big knot (no, my knot is not the tidiest one…).

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3) Thread it through the hole of a knot cover. Make sure that the knot is bigger than the hole!

4) Close the knot cover with pliers.

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5) Thread a bead and a felt circle.

6) Repeat threading all the beads and felt circles.

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7) When you finish threading beads and circles, attach a knot cover at the end.

8) Add a trigger catch to a knot cover.

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9) Make a loop with round nose pliers to close the opening of knot cover.

10) Add a jump ring to the other knot cover.

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11) And make a loop with round nose pliers to close the opening of knot cover. Yes, you’re done!

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I really enjoyed making these circles, and mixing these colours together. Also, I’ve been wearing the necklace the whole day today, and it’s so light that I even forgot that I was actually wearing it! Oh, and yes, I could close my coat’s buttons without a problem :) Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

I’m linking the tutorial on: Flamingo Toes and Along For The Ride. Make sure you check them!

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7 Commnents to “Needle Felting tutorial: Circle Felt Necklace”

  1. Easy clear and precise.i shall have a go.

  2. Hi love the felt necklace I will try this one as I ,ve been wanting a pattern . must go I,m going to get felting.

  3. Glad to hear that the post was of any help, Lynn :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. hi, i’m really interested in necklace making but i’m always do not sure the name of necklace material like you’ve said in this entry : trigger catch, and jump ring, and knot..whatever..thanx because now, I know the names :D
    nice tutorial, and i’ll try this later..
    please come and visit my craft online shop at facebook :
    ‘Craft Hummy Lovey’

    but all in Malay languange.. ;)

  5. Thank you Sara :) Hope you’re gonna enjoy the felting process!

  6. I love that neckless. I am new in felting, but love to try needle felting. Your tutorials are really wonderfull and well explaned. Thanks for it. All the best , hope to see new things from you.


  7. This is so sweet Emi!! I’ve always stayed away from felting because it seemed complicated – but your tutorial makes it look easy! Thanks for linking up! :)

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