by Beth Watson
Winter is definitely here to stay this year (even the groundhog agrees) and what better way to bring some bright Valentine’s Day cheer to your décor than with a lovely Polar Bear Hoop Wreath for the front door. He is ready for the cold weather with his cap and mittens!
Here’s What You Will Need:
- Kunin Classics™ Felt 9” x 12” Craft Cuts – Baby Pink, Black, Ocean Blue, White, Red and Charcoal
- Kunin Plush™ Felt 45” by the yard – One Yard, Vanilla Kitten
- Fairfield World Quick Craft Poly-Fil® Fiber Fill – 2 oz. bag
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 05
- PATTERNS; 12” Wooden Embroidery Hoop; Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks; Pencil; Eraser; Scissors; Plain Paper; Chipboard; Embroidery Floss – Ivory, Black and Light Blue; Embroidery Needle; Buttons – black, two large;
Here’s How to Make It:
Download and print the patterns HERE. Cut out, trace onto chipboard and cut out again. Trace patterns for this project onto Kunin Plush™ and Classic™ Felt according to notes on pattern sheet with MONO Drawing Pen 05. Cut out all pieces with scissors.
TIP: Remember to cut INSIDE the lines for a neat and clean finished project.
Unscrew embroidery hoop, place inside hoop under a 16” by 16” square of Kunin Plush™ Vanilla Kitten and place outside hoop on top. Line up the hoops, push together with fabric in the middle. Pull edges of Plush Felt tight through the hoop, then tighten the screw. Trim excess Plush Felt with scissors.
Measure and cut an 8” circle of Plush Felt and then position it one inch from bottom of hoop at 6 o’clock, making sure that the screw closure is at 2 o’clock. Thread needle with ivory embroidery floss, knot end and stitch “muzzle” to “head”. Leave a 2” opening, stuff loosely with Poly-Fil® and then stitch closed. Stitch snowflake onto Red heart with ivory embroidery floss. Thread needle with black embroidery floss, knot end and place one large stitch through the muzzle from 12 o’clock, down 5” then sew on two large buttons for eyes.
Thread needle with light blue embroidery floss and stitch accents on the Charcoal trim for the hat and mittens. Cut four ½” by 12” strips of Charcoal felt. Gather together, fold in half, fold in half again then tie tightly in center with black embroidery floss. Cut loops with scissors and fluff to create a pom pom. Cut a 12” length of red ribbon, tie in a knot to create a loop, then hot glue to back of heart at the top.
Attach the following with hot glue: Black nose to the top of the muzzle, Baby Pink inside ear to Vanilla Kitten ears and then attach ears to front edge of embroidery hoop. Charcoal trim and pom pom to Blue Ocean hat and then attach hat to back edge of embroidery hoop. Charcoal trim to mittens and then attach mittens, with tips touching to front, bottom center of embroidery hoop.
I hope you will use my Polar Bear Hoop Wreath as a jumping off point to showcase your Kunin Creativity and create something lovely today!
Felt is an easy, versatile and forgiving medium which allows you to create affordable but trendy projects whether you are a beginner or an expert crafter!
You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin® Classicfelt; Kunin® Premiumfelt and Corduroy non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.
Did you know Kunin felt is made from recycled plastic water bottles and manufactured right here in the US? It takes approximately ten plastic bottles to make a pound of fibers. That is used to create many products, my favorite of course is Kunin felt!
If you like this project, make sure to visit my blog for more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by! -Beth