Take traditional embroidery and turn it on its head with one key tool: the punch needle. Also known as needle punching , the craft uses embroidery floss or yarn to create bold texture and beautiful designs on monk's cloth. Fiber fanatics can't got enough of the fun, easy-to-learn technique, so get in on the craze with one (or all!) of the projects below.
1. Abstract Tote
Your new go-to bag is only a few punches away. This modern, abstract design keeps it simple, so even first-time needle punchers can craft with confidence.
2. Dinner Party Trivets
Give your dinner table a touch of personality, whether you're hosting all your BFFs or just having a cozy night in. Our lamb's tongue and pig's head patterns give a funky nod to a truly delicious feast.
3. Walrus Stuffed Animal
This walrus is insanely cute, not to mention super easy to stitch. Make one for the marine mammal-lover in your life or, if you're feeling in the zone, create a whole herd.
4. Triangle Barrette
Rule number one for rocking any updo: make sure you have a gorgeous barrette. This design is cute, trendy and easy to make in a single sitting so, yeah — mission accomplished.
5. Frog Patch
Just because you're sleeping outside doesn't mean you can't look good. A punch needle frog patch is the perfect blend of outdoorsy and campy — just think of how cute it'll look when sewn onto a bucket hat!
6. Portrait Pet Bed
Capture your fur baby's likeness while giving them a super soft bed to lie on. All you need is fabric the color of your pup (or cat) and some yarn to design their cute face.
7. Rainbow Clutch
Make a clutch that'll outshine all other bags and store your on-the-go craft supplies. Start with a blank canvas pouch (or sew your own clutch), design a template and get to punching.
8. Starry Starry Blanket
Bring your stargazing A-game with a cozy wool blanket punched with your favorite constellations. (Hello, zodiac sign !) Print the template and align the stars however you like — it's so easy to customize this design.
9. Personalized Pet Bed
Let sleeping dogs lie ... on a bed that's just for them. Whether you're making for Spot, Fido or Freckles, punch their name onto a soft bed that'll look cute in their corner of the room.
10. Wedding Ring Pillow
Quilting and needle punching collide in this craft modeled after the classic wedding ring quilt block . It'd be a great anniversary gift for your partner, or for a friend who's about to tie the knot.
11. Mood Pillow
Whether you're feeling more extroverted or just want some alone time, let others know your mood with a quick flip of a pillow. Stitch "yes" on one side and "no" on the other and display as needed.