How to make a nice needle felted fox

Introduction

How to make a nice needle felted fox

This instruction shows you how to needle felt a nice and simple fox from wool.

You´ll need

  • Orange and white wool for felting
  • Felting needles: fine and thick
  • Accessories for the toys: eyes and nose
  • Transparent glue
  • Big sponge

Steps

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    I use a common bath sponge. In fact, it is just a big square-cut foam pad. I tried to needle felt on a small sponge for dishwashing, but it turned out unhandy because the sponge was constantly running off the table. So, I started felting beginning with the head. I made the hollows for eyes with a needle and glued the eyes. To make these hollows you should punch the same point with the needle and form hollows for eyes. You will get to know how to needle felt the head from the steps ahead. All the body parts are made by the same method. If you leave a tail it will be handier for you to hold the fox during the needle felting and you will be able to needle felt the head to the body firmly.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    This is a side view of the head. You can see the tail and the shape of the head.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Let’s needle felt the fox’s pointed nose. Take this amount of wool.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Using a thick needle felt a ball. It should be rather soft in order to have the possibility to change its shape. For that you should punch with a needle more in the point where it will be narrower and less where it should be wider.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Felt the nose making the shape you want. It should be pointed on one side and wide and loose on the other side.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Felt the nose to the head properly. You can spread the loose end of the nose evenly on the fox’s face and felt it using a thin needle.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    This is what we have.

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    Felt the lower jawbone to the muzzle so that it may look like jaws.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    The lower jaw is felted and it looks rather clumsy and severe.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Felt a little hollow on the top of the muzzle and glue the nose.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Let’s start making ears. I took two equal pieces of wool.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Felt two plain ovals-triangles. I managed to make a tail only with one piece – you can see it on the photo on the right. It is better to have a tail on each piece because they make felting the ears to the head much easier.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    I cut them with scissors and make them triangle-shaped.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    I felt the ears to the head.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    This is how the head with ears looks like from the back view.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Let’s felt the fox’s body. Take a piece of wool.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    You should unravel the wool with your hands. The wool will become bigger visually. Then you have to crumple it into a tough ball-oval. Then felt it using a thick needle and punching all over it. And don’t forget to make a tail for the future felting to the head.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    After the first felting you will get the oval like this. It is rather soft, so you can change its shape as you like. It should be thick on the bottom and thin on the top.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    I decided to felt fore and hind feet at a time. It saved some time.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    It is a side view. You can see hind feet. The fox is sitting.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Take a white piece of wool and felt it to the chest.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    With a needle comb the wool so that the chest may be fluffy and no holes of the needle can be seen. The same way you will comb the whole fox late in to become fluffy.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    I decided to cut the jaws with scissors for a smile to appear.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Felt the head to the body. It is important to fix the head in a position you need. You can make it look up, or with a head inclined a bit… anything.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Make the fox’s tail just like we did the body – felt and give the shape.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Make the tail have curves needed so that it may round the fox’s body. You can curve it in the position you want and punch across the place of curving with a needle. I have two curves – in the middle and on the tip of the tail.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    Felt a bit of white wool to the tip of the tail. Then comb the tail and felt it to the body. Let’s finish the shape of the feet – оn the fore feet you felt the “strings” where the wrist bends.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    The back view of the tail. The bottom can be felted more, so that the fox may sit firmly. The bottom should be plain and hard.

  • How to make a nice needle felted fox

    The fox is ready. Don’t forget to comb it. You may also add an eyelashes if you want. To do so, use a forceps to fasten each eyelash with help of glue on the place. Each eyelash must be glued separately. Your fox will become a girl in this case. Good luck!

Warnings

  • Felting wool and felting acrylic yarn is not the same thing. Acrylic yarn is cheaper but softer. The product from acryl will be fluffier than that from wool. If you felt animals, it is only an advantage, but keep in mind that acryl is harder to felt. So, thin ears won’t be easy to felt.

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Comments

  1. izabel 21 August 2014 :

    I guess that almost any creature can be made according to the same model. It is a nice idea for kids. Such toys are safe for their health and you know the materials which were used in the process of making.

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