Hola Amigos! I present to you my Taco Coin Purse DIY Needle Felt Tutorial! It’s a taco! It’s a mouse! It’s a taco mouse coin purse!! I made this cute little taco purse using wet felting and needle felting. I think that wet felting helps to achieve a smoother and more finished product, and I like to use it for coin purses.
First begin by felting 2 taco shells. I had to make them in parts because my mat wasn’t big enough. I made 2 semi circles then felted them together into a large oval shape. Each taco shell is about 6 grams of wool, give or take. You may use ore or less wool depending on the size of your coin purse frame.
Next felt the lettuce and tomatoes as shown in the video. Yes… It’s an American style taco because they are just more colorful.
What is your favorite type of taco? Even though my taco coin purse has lettuce and tomatoes in it, my favorite taco is actually much simpler. I like beef with diced onions and cilantro on a corn tortilla. Not very colorful but just plain and simple. It’s the original Mexican style tacos that they serve at taco trucks in California, rather than the Americanized Taco Bell style tacos.
Anyway to continue making the taco, attach the lettuce and tomatoes to the shells. You may see some red and green wool peeking through the shell like I did. In which case you should cover it up with yellow wool, I used about 3 grams or so.
Then it’s time to wet felt. You will need hot and cold water and a bit of dish soap. Put two drops of dish soap into the hot water, mix it up, and immerse your wool pieces. Massage the wool in the water for about 10-15 seconds. Then take it out and immerse it in the cold water (or under a running back faucet is cold water) for about 10-15 seconds. Then back into the cold water and repeat. You should keep doing this for about 10-15 minutes.
Towel dry your wool and allow to dry overnight or throw it in the dryer – tumble dry low for about 45 min.
Then add a face. You can use eye pins or safety eyes, or you can just use black wool. The face makes it Kawaii!
Then attach the coin purse frame.
As a final touch I added rhinestones on top of the cheeks for a bit of sparkle!!
Coin purse frame & paper rope that typically comes with the frame. Mine is 4 inches (length) x 2 inches (height)
If using a 4×2 inch frame;
17 grams of yellow/orange wool
2 grams red wool
5 grams green wool
less than 0.5 grams pink wool
felting tool (by Clover; comes with 5 needles)
black embroidery floss
2 black safety eyes or eyepins
2 large pink rhinestones
Approximate Time Required:
taco shells: 20 minutes with felting tool (longer with a single needle or felting pen)
lettuce & tomatoes: 7 minutes with felting tool
attaching parts: 5 minutes with felting tool
wet felting: 15 minutes
drying time 45 mins with dryer or overnight
attaching face 10 minutes
attaching frame 15-20 minutes + drying time.
Difficulty Level: Advanced Beginner