Felt Pencil Toppers: Nifty Gifties!

Oh, I wish I had started making these earlier in the year. I only got through three of them before I had to take pictures and get this project posted, but Little Hippie is making more as a type this. They are lots of fun to create, and the process is adaptable to all ages and skill levels.

The three I made were VERY simple. Two triangles formed a Christmas tree with button ornaments and a button star on the top.


The car used bigger buttons as wheels.


But my favorite, favorite, favorite one is the mustache.


I drew the mustache on a piece of paper, traced it onto black felt twice, cut them out and sewed them together. It took about 7 minutes. I left the pencil hole over to the side so that the pencil wouldn’t block the kid’s mouth for pictures. Little Hippie had a blast modeling this one for me. We’re making them for all of her friends this weekend.


  • Colored felt.
  • Embroidery thread and needle.
  • Embellishments like buttons, ribbons, or jingle bells (if you really want to annoy the people who live with the recipients)
  • Scissors and a pencil or felt-tipped pen


  1. Cut double shapes so that you have a front and a back for your design. I drew stencils on paper first, then used those to make sure that everything matched up.
  2. Add embellishments to each side before sewing together.
  3. Put the two sides together, then stitch around the edges. Start right next to where the pencil will slide into the topper, then stitch around to the other side. Leave an opening wide enough for the pencil.

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