We hope you are all having a great start to 2016! It's time for us to reboot the blog! Something we have always wanted to do here is to post a series of tutorials to help inspire our fellow needle felters for the next handcraft project! This is our first tutorial, so we've chosen to do a cute penguin plush toy, to which you can attach a keyring for hanging on your backpack, in your car, or maybe just to safeguard your keys! Equally, if you didnt want to attach a keyring, this lightweight plushie will sit beautifully in the palm of your hand and make a wonderful companion to take away your worries and bring a smile to your face.
All of the felting materials for this doll can be found in our sweet pea store and we will leave links to those at the bottom of this post! If you would like any further tips or help on making the doll, please dont be shy! Leave your comments below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we will be very happy to help you!
Let'S Start felting!
Things you'll need:
Set of felting needles- 36 triangular (thickest), 40 triangular (medium), 46 triangular (finest).
Core wool for felting
White merino wool roving
Black merino wool roving
Small amount of yellow merino wool roving
Felting needles are extremely sharp! Never poke too close to your fingers, and make sure children are always supervised by an adult.
1. Take a piece of core wool and roll it into a ball. Initially, use your 36 needle to begin poking evenly around the ball to bring the fibres together. Use your hands to keep moulding it into a round ball shape and switch to your 40 needle to continue poking. Repeat this until you reach your desired firmness. There is no right or wrong to how firm it should be, just down to personal preference, however if it is too soft, it will make the later stages more difficult to do neatly.
2. Take some white wool roving, wrap it around the ball, and use your 40 needle to poke the wool so that it affixes to the surface. To make it easier, use your thumb and index finger to hold the wool tight as you poke it, this will make it easier to create a smooth surface. (Never poke too close to your fingers, needles are very very sharp!) Continue covering with white wool until fully covered.
4. Roll a few strands of black wool roving between your fingers, and use your 46 needle to affix a smile shape onto your yellow triangle.
5. Affix this triangle onto the front of your white ball, using your 40 needle to poke until it is firmly attached.
7. Take some more black wool roving, use your 40 needle to fill in the area behind the black outline, as you see in picture 7.
8. Try to ensure that you don't cross the outline because when you poke black wool on top of white wool accidentally, it can sometimes be difficult to cover up. ( not impossible though, if it does happen, just take the black wool out as best as possible and use more white wool to cover the area)
9. Once the area is completely covered, just lightly poke to make sure that it is firmly fixed, and smooth all over.
11. Roll 2 very small pieces of black wool between your fingers to create the eyes, and using your 40 needle, lightly poke to firm them.
12. Place the eyes on the area marked by the pins, and re use the pins to hold them there. This will make them easier to affix without them moving.
13. Use your 46 needle to poke the eyes so that they are tightly fixed to the doll.
14. To turn this lovely plush penguin into a keyring, simply create a small hole in the top of the penguin, then insert and glue a pin with a loop.
15. Once the glue has had a chance to set, attach a keyring to the loop.
16. Not a must, just personal preference, if you have some spare beads to add to the keyring, go ahead!
17. All done, your lovely plush penguin keyring! Perfect to add to your bag or your keys, and totally handmade by you!
At this moment we don't stock any keyrings but these can be easily found either in your local haberdashery or online at sites like eBay.
Black wool roving
Yellow wool roving
White wool roving
Felting pad and needle set
Alternatively, shop with us on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/SweetPeaDolls
Love Tiff and Ali ❤️