Hope you had a great time making our penguin plush toy! Today, it's time for the second edition in our needle felting tutorials! We're going to show you how to make a cute lion plush toy, which like the penguin, can also be made into a keyring! The benefits of this are that lions are brilliant at safeguarding things, so your keys will be very safe indeed! Equally, this lovely handmade toy will be a great little accessory to hang on your bag or in your car!
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 email@example.com we will be so 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
Yellow merino wool roving
Fiery Oranges blended merino wool roving
Small amount of black merino wool roving
Optional : Keyring/Keychain or other hanging accessory, (a pin to connect it to the doll)
Bradawl/ other sharp pointed tool.
Safety advice: 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 yellow 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.
3. Use some drawing pins to mark the position for the Lion's eyes, trying to ensure they are level.
4. Take some white merino wool roving, using your 40 needle, poke it into a triangle shape, and attach to the doll as seen in picture 4. When attaching the wool like this, make sure to poke it in the centre first to get it attached and then work outwards to the edges. This way you can neaten the edges at the end, to get that triangle shape you are looking for.
5. In much the same method as the previous step, take some black merino wool roving and use your 46 needle to affix onto the white triangle as shown in picture 5.
6. Roll a small piece of black wool between your fingers to create a thin line. It's surprising how little wool is needed to do this, if you get it too thick to begin with, just pull some of the fibres out, then re-roll and cut to size. Once you've got your piece ready, use your 46 needle to attach to the doll as shown in picture 6.
7. Take very small amounts of black merino wool, and roll between your fingers to create 6 black dots. Again, if they are too big to start with, just tear apart and re-roll.
8. Use your 46 needle to attach to the doll as per the pattern shown in picture 8.
9. Take 2 small pieces of black wool, roll between your fingers into a small ball shape and poke lightly to firm up using your 40 needle.
10. Use the pins to hold the black circles in place before you attach them to the doll.
11. One at a time, use your 46 needle to attach to the Lion. As before, try to attach by poking in the middle first, and then neaten the edges by lightly poking around the circumference to create a smooth round shape
12. Great job, looking good everyone! Let's add some lion hair!!!
14. Working your way around the lion's head in a circle as shown in picture 14.
15. Take more pieces of fiery oranges wool, to fully cover the back.
16. There you go!! Your very own handmade Lion plush toy! Well done!😃😃😃
Optional extra- Add a keyring/keychain or another hanging accessory
17. To turn your lion plushie into a keyring or hanging adornment, firstly you will need to create a hole in the top of the doll. This can be done using a bradawl or other sharp pointy tool!
18. Into that hole, glue a pin with a loop. Allow time for the glue to set firm before attaching anything to the loop.
19. While the glue is setting, take out your keyring, or hanging accessory. For this tutorial, we are going to use a keyring. We also have a small bendable connecting loop, which may or may not be necessary depending on the accessory that you have.
20. Optionally, you may like to add some beads or crystals to embellish your keyring further.
21. Simply connect up your keyring with your lion! Wonderful, all done! Your own handmade lion keyring! Thanks so much for reading and making with us! If you would like any further help or tips please do feel free to contact us, we love to help you!
At this moment we don't stock any keyrings or beads but these can be easily found either in your local haberdashery or online at sites like eBay.
- Felting Pad and Needles
- Core Wool for Felting
- Yellow Merino wool roving (not exact shade but we can help you to source if you would like)
- Black Merino wool roving
- Fiery Oranges Merino wool roving
Thanks so much for reading our blog and making with us!
Love Tiff and Ali x