diy wendesdays: personalized pendleton

it’s the dead of winter, which means on chilly nights we rely on our collection of vintage pendleton blankets to keep us warm and cozy. with valentine’s day right around the corner, we thought we’d personalize one of our throws with a heart-warming message. we did a sort of “textile tattoo” using needle felting, which is a super easy, super affordable craft. it requires very few tools and is very versatile—in addition to simple surface designs, you can create complex and beautiful 3-D pieces as well.

stay warm!
derek & lauren

CLICK HERE for the full project instructions, or just click “read more” below.

here’s what you’ll need:
wool blanket
wool roving [like this]
felting needle [like this]
sponge or folded towel (for placing beneath your felting surface)

1. determine where you want to place the design on your blanket and snip off a few strands of loose wool roving to lay out the pattern or design before you begin to felt.

2. lay your blanket over a sponge or folded roving and very carefully begin attaching the strands of wool roving using your felting needle. felting needles are barbed and will push the fibers into your blanket with each downward stabbing motion. feel free to let your aggressions out, but be super careful not to poke your fingers!!

3. lift up your blanket from the protective surface (sponge or towel) every so often to prevent attaching the blanket to the surface. once the design is securely fastened, you will be able to see a little bit of the wool roving peeking through the back side of the blanket.

  1. This is wonderful. I have a very similar blanket – I’m giving this a whirl!

    Thank you!

  2. Mouse says:

    Oooh, aaah. Pretty and personal. How cool!

  3. Rachel says:

    That is so sweet and perfect for Valentine’s Day! Useful and personal at the same time. I might have to do this for my husband. Thanks so much for the idea, I’ll be linking as well.

  4. amanda says:


    there is a farmers market here in eastern pennsylvania that sells cashmere plaid scarfs like this for 8.00!

    what an inexpensive but still personal gift!

  5. carol says:

    This is a a great idea. My Wheels are turning. I work with Recycled Wool. I will have to try this. Even though I live in Fla. It is going down to the 30’s this week. WOOL is my favorite textile. Keep Warm.!!

  6. Very cute & cozy scarf! But I am sooo ready for Spring! :)

  7. I simply love your DIYs. I’ve just started to experiment with embroidery, and this is both neat and quick!

  8. this is your wonderland says:

    What a fantastic idea! I get all of my wool roving at!

  9. katherine says:

    Oh my goodness, I just began needle felting 3 weeks ago. (i took a class). i am seeing it all over the place! i didn’t even realize what it was exactly until the first class, but now i am HOOKED!
    i made an adorable mobile for my 3 month old son!

  10. Lissa says:

    Can this be done of other fabrics? My dad lives in a nursing home and his blankets need to be marked but he doesn’t like wool…

  11. jess says:

    Is the mark attached securely or does it come out easily?

    Can you wash the blanket after without it coming undone?


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