I have a weakness for tiny little things – they are so much cuter! Last week I shared a fun new zipper pouch – all decorated with donuts and a cute little donut zipper pull! Today I’m sharing the tutorial for these tiny felt embroidered donuts – they are so fun and you can use them for so many different things!
I had so much fun making these – they’re all decorated with sprinkles and frosting and cute colors. They’re great for using up felt scraps too!
They’d be great as a zipper pull, or you could add them to paper clips for the cutest little clips or bookmarks – or you could make them into a brooch or hair clip!
Here’s your materials list to make these tiny felt embroidered donuts!
- 2 small pieces of felt
- DMC Embroidery Floss
- hot glue
I used wool felt for these – it comes in such great colors and it lasts longer. But you can definitely use regular felt too.
Cut 2 small circles out of the base felt color. I used a spool of thread as my pattern – the diameter is about 1″. Cut a small circle in the center of both circles. About 1/4″. Cut a circle out of your frosting the same size, but then trim it so the edge is scalloped. You want it to be smaller than the base circles. Cut a tiny circle in the center – this circle should also be a little smaller than your base center circles.
Place the two base circles together. Sew the center hole closed. I used a blanket stitch, but you can just use regular stitches too – these won’t show. I used three strands of embroidery floss in a matching color to my felt.
Bring the thread up and take a small stitch on the back side of the donut just inside the top edge.
Start stitching the top edges together with a blanket stitch. Run the needle through both pieces from front to back, just under the top edge. The needle should pass OVER the strand of floss on the back side.
Pull the thread tight.
Lay the thread to the left. Run the needle again from front to back, keeping the needle over the thread on the back side.
This creates the blanket stitch. Keep stitching until about 1/4 of the donut is sewn closed. Add some fiberfill to this section with a small stick or pointed tool. I use a nifty chopstick.
Keep sewing and stuffing until the donut is closed.
Now we’re going to add the frosting! If you are adding sprinkles stitch these on before you glue the frosting in place on the donut. Take small stitches at random places around the felt piece.
Repeat with as many stitches and colors as you’d like. This one is super sprinkled. :)
For the gluing part, I used hot glue because it’s nice and fast. But you can use regular fabric or felt glue, that will work too. Cover the underside of the frosting piece, making sure you cover the center especially well. Place the frosting in place, then run a pencil (or your chopstick) through the center and make sure the frosting is glued well into the center. So it looks like the frosting is kind of “poured” onto the donut. Glue down any edges of the frosting that are still loose.
For the drizzled donuts, glue down the frosting first, then run embroidery floss stitches across the top of the donut.
Keep making donuts because they’re kind of addicting. And they have no calories so it’s a win win!
You can add little french knots (like the dark pink one) or criss-cross drizzles (like the pink one). It’s fun to change up the styles and colors.
If you’re making the zipper pull, before you finish sewing the donut closed, add in a section of ribbon and sew it in place as you close up the donut. Finish the pull with a jump ring and a lobster clasp.
Now you have a cute little stack of doughnuts to give to friends!