For your loved ones who have earned a spot on the Nice List this year, a charming gift constitutes the perfect reward. This cute pair -- an incredibly soft penguin and polar bear -- are made by needle-felting. The technique involves sculpting shapes from unspun wool called roving, by manipulating the fibers with a special needle until they interlock and become dense. An experienced crafter can make one of the creatures in about an hour.
Attach a bobby pin or hair elastic for a one of a kind hair decoration. Or add a brooch pin, even stitch them right to your finished garment for a sweet embellishment. Stitch a piece of wool felt to the back for stability and you have a pretty button!