A cozy, needle-felted bear, because even bears get cold!

This needle felted bear looks right out of a children’s book, and I think he’s begging for his story to be told. Why is he awake in the middle of winter, and dressed up in a cozy coat and scarf? Hmm . . . Designer Debra Quartermain, who shared the sweetest Snow Bunny with us, is the mastermind behind this Cozy, Needle-Felted Bear. Debra’s step-by-step tutorial will help you reach a happy ending! (Don’t miss this week’s Valentine’s Day giveaway, too.)

DIY needle-felted bear

Cozy, Needle-Felted Bear by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Cozy, Needle-Felted Bear, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: two 1-1/4”
    • Eggs: one each 5″ & 4″; two 3″
    • Scrap piece, 1” x 5″ x 5″
  • Wool roving, 2 oz. each: natural, brown, pink, and tan
  • Fabric scrap, 3″ x 18″
  • Beads, 8mm, two in dark brown or black
  • Buttons, 1/2″, three
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; pencil; ruler; round toothpicks; needle felting tool or felting needle*; soft cloth

*Note: Needle felting is a fast and easy craft, but the needle is extremely sharp. Always use caution and please keep the needle from children. When you select a felting needle, remember that the higher the needle number, the finer the needle, and the smaller the holes in the project.

To make a Cozy, Needle-Felted Bear:

1. Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or old candle. Cut one 3” egg in half lengthwise, and cut the 4” egg into thirds lengthwise. Brush away crumbs with a soft cloth, and sand away rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.

2. Here is how you’ll use the foam shapes to build your bear:

  • Head: 3” egg
  • Body: 5” egg
  • Arms: One third of a 4” egg for each arm
  • Hands: 1-1/4” ball for each hand
  • Feet: One half of 3” egg for each foot, cut side down

3. Head: The narrow end of the 3” egg is the bear’s face. Cover the narrow half of the egg with tan roving. Felt the roving to the head, using the felting needle or tool. Cover the other half of the egg with pink roving, and felt the fibers in place.

DIY needle felted bear

You’ll build his face on the narrow end of the egg.

4. Face:

  • Refer to photo and use fingers to gently make indentations for the eyes.
  • Apply a dot of glue to each indentation and push eye beads into face.
  • Arrange and felt very thin strands of brown roving around each eye to create shading.
  • Place small amount of brown roving in nose area and needle felt into a small oval.
  • Felt very thin strands of brown roving into a mouth.

5. Ears:

  • Arrange a layer of tan roving on the scrap piece of foam.
  • Place a second layer on top in the opposite direction.
  • Gently needle felt the layers together to create “fabric”.
  • Using the pattern, cut out two ears from felted fabric.
  • Felt the straight edge of each ear to the pink half of the head, positioning the ears behind the eyes.

6. Body: Felt pink roving onto 5” egg, adding enough roving so that it looks full and fluffy.

7. Arms: Cover the rounded side of each arm with pink roving, and pull 1/2″ of the roving onto the flat side. Needle felt the fibers to the arm.

8. Hands: Flatten one side of each 1-1/4” ball on a flat surface. Cover each ball with tan roving, and felt in place.

9. Feet: Cover the rounded side of each foot with brown roving, and felt in place.

10. Assemble the bear: Insert one toothpick halfway into bottom of head and apply a small amount of glue around base of toothpick. Apply glue to opposite end of toothpick and push head down into body. Repeat, using toothpicks and glue to add feet, arms and hands.

11. Felt a 2” wide strip of natural roving around the bear’s head for a hat brim.

12. Felt a 2” wide strip of natural roving down the front of the body.

13. Felt strips of natural roving around the ends of the arms and tops of feet to form cuffs.

14. Cut 1″ fringe into both ends of a 3” x 18” fabric scrap, and tie around the bear’s neck for a scarf.

15. Glue buttons down the bear’s front.

DIY Needle-Felted Bear

This cutie could be the star of a children’s book!

Here’s Debra’s Snow Bunny — could not be cuter!

DIY needle felted snow bunny tutorial

Needle-Felted Snow Bunny by Debra Quartermain

Just what is this bear’s story? Any ideas?

Happy crafting!

P.S. Because I have the best readers, ever, I have a sweet little Valentine’s Day giveaway. Be sure to enter!


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18 Responses to A cozy, needle-felted bear, because even bears get cold!

  1. diana says:

    this is a new craft (i know not new to the world but new in the sense that i would love to attempt) that i would love to learn… needle felting… these two cuties make me want to try it!! LOVE your creation Debra!

  2. LisaM6 says:

    Ahhhh! I love him. Some day I will try felting until then I will keep checking out Debra’s little critters.

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    What a Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear! He is just precious! What a fun craft idea. I have not yet worked with felting but have a good concept. A friend showed me how she does this and made me a beautiful rose pin. Thank you!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! He sure knows how to look cute bundled up, doesn’t he? Be sure to share him with your felting friend — maybe she’ll be inspired to give him a go. Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. Methinks I gave Jenna a heart attack as I squealed quite loudly when I saw this adorable little bear! Absolutely darling and delightful!! I just might have to wrap my fingers so I can’t poke them and give this a try this weekend for my little Princess!
    You always share such great ideas and I want to make them ALL! LOL
    Have a great weekend and we will see you next week!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! As you know, they’re not all MY ideas — I have lots of help, and many thanks to Debra Quartermain for sharing this adorable bear. Let me know if you DIY this cutie, and share a photo! Happy crafting! Sharon

  5. Anne Haun says:

    i would love to give needle felting a try but feel it will be a real challenge for me. Guess I should have more self confidence!!

    • Sharon says:

      Absolutely you should try this! You can do it! Felting on a shape of STYROFOAM Brand Foam is a good way to start, because you’re already starting with a base, and you don’t have to shape it. Let me know if you try it. Happy crafting! Sharon

  6. Lynda says:

    Oh, I sooo love this!

  7. Katiria says:

    He’s awake because he forgot to take the garbage out and tomorrow is trash day. Happens to me all the time. 😉

    • Sharon says:

      LOL! I know what you mean, and it’s not till I hear the truck on its way past the house that I remember! ARGH! Happy Friday and thanks for the laugh! Sharon

  8. He is so adorable. He just oozes cuteness!!!! =)

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