[Tutorial] Needle Felt – Totoro

So Hi,

As usual, it has been quite a long time since my last post.
I’m on break again, and I’ve actually taken up on needle felting.

I think needle felting is quite interesting because it’s almost like a mixture of the normal felting work I do, and also the clay work I do.

Basically, you take wool fibres (that may have been dyed), and you just stab at it with a barbed needle. What the barbed needle does is that it tangles the individual fibres together so you end up with a kind of solid piece of wool.

How “solid” or “hard” you want the wool to be just depends on how much you stab at it. You’re basically compressing the wool into a shape.

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At the moment, I don’t actually have all the tools that people use for needle felting, I only have one needle and a box of fibres.
I looked online for some needle felting wool and decided it was easier to just order it locally because overseas shipping would have taken wayyyyy too long.

FibreSampleBox

So this is the box of felting wool that I ordered. ($60NZD + $10NZD shipping $70NZD )
Since I’m only just a beginner, I bought a sample box of pre-dyed wool. (From this site here)

This box is the “Lights” collection of the samples. I thought that this colour range will suit my projects best.

FeltingWool

And this is what it looks like in the box.
Each bundle weighs about 40grams each. Even though it doesn’t sound like much, it will last a long time since you don’t need a lot at one time.

CloseupofWool

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So let’s start with the tutorial.
As with most things, I’ll make my favourite character Totoro from Studio Ghibli’s : My Neighbour Totoro.

Materials

Materaisl

CloseUpOfWool

  • Polyester stuffing
  • Dark, light grey wool grey wool
  • White wool
  • Black wool
  • Dark, Light, Green wool (optional for Leaf Umbrella)
  • Wire (optional for Leaf Umbrella)

CreatingBaseShape

  • Just like my clay tutorials, I like to conserve materials so I’m creating a base shape with the polyester fibre. This is up to you, but I’m doing it to save wool.
  • Stab at the wool to create a kind of egg shape

WrappingBaseShape

  • Take the dark grey wool

WrappingBaseShape

  • Take out some wool and cover the base shape fully

CreatingTail

  • Using the same dark grey wool, take a small bunch and start stabbing it to create Totoro’s tail.
  • Leave some loose fibres on the end so you can attach it to the body easier. This is similar to clay where I squish out the clay so it’s easier for blending.

StomachDetails

  • Take the white clay and create a white patch for Totoro’s stomach
  • Then take the light grey wool and start creating those details.
  • It’s not shown here, but essentially I roll up some fibres, place it where I want it to go and stab it to the body piece. If there is excess I just cut it off. (There will be an image showing this later)

AddingEars

  • Again with the Dark grey wool, take out some fibres
  • Stab at one end to create the ear shape
  • Place it on Totoro and attach it onto the body
  • In the last image you can see that I leave those loose fibres for easier blending. I trim off excess once I’ve blended a piece.

AddingEyes

  • Take the white wool and make two circles for the eyes
  • Take the black wool and add his pupil. (Actually this is more of a dark/deep red/brown since I don’t have black)
  • Using the take wool, create his nose

AddingArms

  • To create a the arms, take some dark grey again and kind of roll it up into a ball shape
  • Start stabbing at one end to create his arms, leaving loose fibres on the other for easy blending
  • Attach to the body

ArmsAttached

  • Repeat for both sides

Leaf

  • If you want, take your green and create a leaf life shape so it can go on Totoro’s head

CompletedTotoro

And this is what the end product looks like !

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Next, I thought it would be fun to make a leaf umbrella for him.

LeafMaterials

  • Wire
  • Dark green
  • Light green
  • Middle green
  • Polyester stuffing (optional, depends if you want to save materials)

To be honest, I wanted a more vibrant kind of green for his umbrella, but I didn’t get that in the sample box.

  • LeafUmbrellaSo take the polyester stuffing again, and stab at it enough to create a solid enough sheet
  • Then using scissors cut out a leaf shape, the size and shape is up to you. I think this lily pad shape is quite cute so I went with this.
  • Take the middle green wool and wrap it.
  • It’s not very clear in the image, but I took the wire and put it through the middle of the leaf. I also have two other wires in the sides of the leaf so I could give it more shape.

AddingDetails

  • Take the lighter green and kind of roll up the fibres (this is the technique I used for Totoro’s stomach details)
  • Place it on the leaf and hold the fibre in place and start stabbing at it
  • Cut off excess
  • Do the same for the other side except using dark green wool
  • Cover the wire (which is the stem) with dark green wool also

CompletedUmbrella

  • And this is what it looks like !
  • The shape is slightly strange because I was adjusting the wires to make it more “leafy”

Completed

And here it is all completed !

I’m trying to find a way to make the umbrella stand on it’s own, but for now this is what it all looks like.

All in all, this didn’t make me too long to make. I was absentmindedly stabbing while I was watching some movies hahaha.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I plan to make some more little projects and I’ll post them up as I make them.

Thanks for reading as usual,

-Cyn

[Felt Crafts] #11 – Bear Card Holder

Hello Hello,,

Today is a felt craft , from a the title you can see it’s a Card Holder in the form of a bear?

Anyways, its fairly simple and you can customize it to any shape, animal – whatever you want ^^

So here we go !

9Completed

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Materials

Materials

  • Orange felt
  • White felt
  • Brown felt
  • Orange thread
  • Brown Thread
  • Red thread
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Ball chain (optional)

Template: The main rectangle is basically the size of a normal card (e.g. Library Card) + 0.5 cm around all the edges (9 cm x 6.5 cm). Everything else is up to whatever shape or design you want.

2 x Main Rectangle
2 x Main Rectagle + centre cut out ( the size of this depends on you)
4 x Ears
2 x Ear details (the brown bit)
2 x Eyes
1 x Snout
1 x nose

2SewingEars

  • On each ear sew the brown part onto the middle of it 
  • Then take the other piece of the ear and sew together using blanket stitch

Sewing Face

  • Then on one rectangle, arrange how you want the face to be
  • Sew the face details on + blush marks. I drew it on at the end because I forgot..
  • Then on the main rectangle with the cut out, take both pieces and sew the inside part together

Sew edges

  • Take the main rectangle and the face rectangle and sew one edge + Ear
  • Take the two  rectangles with the cut out, and sew one edge as well
  • These edges will be the opening of where the card will be placed

5SewingEtogether

  • Place the main rectangle and the one with the cut out together 
  • Start sewing them together, avoiding the edges you just sewed ( so you will be sewing 4 layers of felt, and only three sides because you don’t need to sew the edges from before)
  • Place the other ear as you move along
  • Once you get to the corner or top of the card holder, you can place your ribbon and sew it in place

6Completed

  • And it’s completed !
  • Here it is with my bus card ( I stuck a Rilakkuma card sticker on it)

7Completed

  • Here is what I mean with the edges. 
  • They become the opening of where you place your card and the other end is sealed

8Completed

Here it is attached to my phone

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11Completed

You can see it’s about 0.5cm larger on all sides of the card

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And there you go !

It’s fairly simple once you get all the cutting of the felt out of the way ^^
I might even have some pre-cut out pieces of different designs on sale in my etsy…

MaybeMaybe..

Hope you liked this post !

Thanks for viewing !

-Cyn

[Felt Crafts] # 10 – Cream around the fruit

Hi dere C: !

So this is exactly what the title says. You know that cream that goes ‘around’ the fruit that is put on top of cakes ?

Yesyes, we are making that today

gogo !

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Materials

materials

  • Strip of felt
    The longer the strip, the larger the diameter will be. The  thicker the strip, the more ‘volume’ the cream will have…. kind of…
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or thread + needle

arranging

  • Fold in half vertically
  • Make cuts down the half
  • Unfold
  • Twist twist twist !
  • Join the edges together with glue or needle thread it

completed

  • And thats it… yeah I know.. so easy right ?

All that’s missing now is the fruit hurhur

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There you go !

This ends the Cream variation for now – always remember to play around with the templates a little, that way you can customize to any shape and size to suit all creations :D

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

[Felt Crafts] # 9 – More variations of ‘cream’ !

Hello Hello,

Here are the next tutorials, each is very short and simple.

gogogo !

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Small piped dollop

Materials

1Materials

  • Felt colour of your choice
  • Needle + corresponding thread colour

Template : Super simple, just heart shape.

sewing together

  • Cut out 4 pieces of the heart shapes
  • Stack together and sew down the middle

completed

  • Twist it, arrange it and its done !

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Yesyes, easy right ?

Next tutorial :  “Shell’ piped cream

Materials

materials

  • Felt colour of choice
  • Needle + corresponding thread colour
  • Hot glue gun or superglue + peg

Template : A fat leaf shape

constructing

  • Cut out three pieces
  • Stack together and sew down the middle longways
  • Glue the top parts (where the middle is ) together (optional )

completed

  • Twist twist twist !
  • You don’t have to glue to middle, but since it showed too much , I just stuck them together ahaha

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Okayokay, I’ll leave the last one for the next post hurhur,

Hope you liked this, thank for reading !

-Cyn

[Felt Crafts] # 8 – Cream Dollop

Hello Hello my readers ! :D

So I just spent a little time today making some more tutorials on felt.
I’ll be doing about 4 variations of cream that you can make to decorate your creations ^^

Today’s one is fairly simple but … it doesn’t look as full as I would like – though that ofc is easily adjustable to your tastes

(Also , I would like to apologize for the quality of these images…  I made them very late  )

Lets go !

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Materials:

materials

  • Any colour felt you want
  • Hot glue gun ( or super glue)
  • a peg if you are using super glue
  • Needle
  • Corresponding thread colour to felt
  • scissors

Template :
So for this template , the round part above those bottom dots are the main shape of the cream. The bits that come out after those two lower dots are to be folded and glued in. This created the ‘volume’ and detail to the cream.
Remember when cutting your own template, fold it in half and then cut to make sure your get it exactly symmetrical.

sewingTogether

  • This image is a bit smalll .. please click to enlarge ahaha
  • Okay, once the template has been cut out, pin to the felt and cut out 5 pieces
  • Then stack all of them together, and sew down the middle
  • I tried to use a brighter thread  – but yout still cant see it…

3Gluing

  • Now get your glue gun / super glue and add some onto those tab parts and fold it inwards
  • It didn’t show well on the felt so here it is on the paper ( second image)
  • Fold all the tabs going in the same direction
  • If you are using super glue, use a peg to hold the tab down until it dries. This was too time consuming for me so I didn’t use super glue

completed cream

  • And here it is completed. I apologize.. the images are kind of ugly.. the cream looks better in rl.. hurhru
  • Top / bottle / top  (view)

The shape is little strange right ? You have to kind of arrange those tab parts to make it look more cream like. Also, the more tab parts you have, I would imagine that the cream would look more full.
The problem I had with this was that I pulled a bit tight when I was sewing it – so you can kind of see in the third image the exact middle ahaha.. try to avoid this please

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So yes, there you go !

Next I will be uploading two or the rest of the three because they are so easy and fast to make !

I hope you liked this tutorial and that it helped you !!

Thanks for reading,

-Cyn

[Felt Crafts] # 7 – Watermelon and Kiwifruit slice

Hello Hello,,

HAPPY VALENTINES EVERYONE !!!

Ill be making a valentine craft this weekend so for now, please bear with this post ^

Today is the Watermelon and Kiwifruit slice as you can see from the title c:

Shall we begin ?

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Watermelon:

Materials

1Materials

  • Red felt
  • White felt
  • Green felt
  • Corresponding thread colours
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker ( optional green and black)

Template: 
Basically, you want to fold the paper in half, and draw a triangle that will become your water melon slice + cut it out (try to round out the outer edge a bit) . You can see in the image above that I have dotted in a little triangle where the fold is. Instead of having your watermelon slice in a 2D shape, you will sew the watermelon in a way that will create a small triangle shape so you will get that back edges of the slice.

Next, you will approximately draw another long triangle ‘slice’ that will become the base. Don’t worry too much about accuracy because you can just trim the felt as you need to.

2Completed

  • Red felt : Cut out 1 x base shape, and 1 x main slice
  • White felt : Cut out 1 x base shape
  • Green felt: Cut out 1 x base shape
  • Using black thread, add the seeds onto the main slice shape. If you want, a marker will work as well
  • Using red thread, sew along that top edge and then around the bottom , adding the base.
  • Before you close it off, add stuffing into the watermelon
  • Then using glue, just stick on the base shapes, with white first and then green.
  • If you want, you can also use a dark green marker to add some patterns to create that watermelon look.

And thats it… hurhur easy ?

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Now for the Kiwifruit

Materials

1Materials

  • Light green felt
  • White felt
  • Green felt
  • Black pen / black thread
  • Circular shape

2Completed

  • Using the circular shape, cut out a couple of circles on the green felt
  • The thickness of the kiwifruit slice will be up to how many layers of the circle you use
  • Glue the green layers together and wait for it to dry
  • Then, on the white felt, cut out two smaller circles
  • Glue the white circles one of each side of the green
  • Using a black pen, add the ‘seeds’ onto the kiwifruit. If you want, you can use black thread, however, you should do that on the layers before gluing it together
  • Then, using pastel or some green marker, add some lines t add that extra detail
  • Then cut the slice into whatever shape you want it to be

You can see that I did a really bad job in ‘shading’…. I didn’t have a green marker so  just used this pastel  – clearly a mistake ahahah

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So that’s really all there is to this.
I believe this is the end to the fruits so next up should be some deco felt pieces such as tart bases and such.

Thank you so much for reading !

-Cyn

AllFruits

[Felt Crafts] # 6 – The Pineapple and Apple Slice

Hey guys !

Today’s felt craft will be the Pineapple and Apple slices, they are super easy so I compiled them into one post.

Enjoy !

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Materials – Apple

1Materials

  • Red felt
  • White felt
  • Glue

Template

  • The size of the apple slice depends on you , so draw how big/ shape you want it to be
  • The thickness also depends on you so pin the template on however many pieces of felt – In my case , 3 layers
  • Cut out around the template
  • Cut out a strip of red – don’t worry about how accurate it is , you can always trim the felt after you stick it on

3Completed

  • Glue the pieces of ‘apple’ on top of each other
  • Glue the strip of red around the apple
  • Trim away any excess felt

And thats it ! Easy yes ?

Materials – Pineapple

1Completed

  • Yellow felt
  • Yellow thread
  • Draw the shape of your pineapple slice
  • Layer it onto another piece – thickness is up to you
  • Pin pieces together
  • Using yellow thread, sew on the lines
  • Cut around the template
  • Glue around the edges to make sure the layers stay together

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And that’s both of them ^^

AllFruits

Next is the Watermelon slice and the Kiwifruit :D

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn