EASY NEEDLE FELTING FOR AMIGURUMI

How to needle felt basic features on your amigurumi using yarn #crochet #plush

Needle felting is like embroidering  on easy mode, especially with amigurumi- it also has the added benefit of helping to shape and sculpt your amigurumi. Even with no experience, it’s not a difficult skill to pick up and after a few practice jabs you’ll be good to go. If you’re a novice and would like to learn a basic method of needle felting with yarn fluff, this tutorial is for you.

How to needle felt basic features on your amigurumi using yarn #crochet #plush

What you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Slicker brush (cat brush)
  • Felting needle
  • A cute amigurumi model to work on – I’m using Imogen!

Note: Natural fibers will work better than synthetics!

How to needle felt basic features on your amigurumi using yarn #crochet #plush

Snip a few pieces of yarn, hold them together and brush them out with the slicker brush. Start brushing at the tips and work your way up the length. The fluff that gets caught in your brush is what you’re going to be using for the felting. You don’t need much – a tiny ball goes a very long way.

Separate a small tuft of fluff to work with; pull the fibers and twist them a little so they clump together making a strand. Lay your strand over the area you want to felt and stab it in a few spots to hold it in place. You can also use pins to hold the fiber in place.

How to needle felt basic features on your amigurumi using yarn #crochet #plush

I’m doing a very basic V for Imogen’s nose, and little arches with 2 eyelashes for the closed eyes.

Tip: you can pin a paper template next to your felting to use as a guide,  and count your stitches and rows to check if the features are symmetrical.

How to needle felt basic features on your amigurumi using yarn #crochet #plush

Working slowly and gently, keep stabbing until all the fibers are interlaced with your amigurumi. Fold the fluff back on itself when you reach the end of the line you’re felting, and continue working it in. Add more fluff as needed, and trim off any excess when you’re done, making sure to work in any stragglers.

How to needle felt basic features on your amigurumi using yarn #crochet #plush

That’s really all there is to it!

You’ll notice that the felted areas of your amigurumi will become indented, which is handy for shaping noses and plumping cheeks. As you get more comfortable with the technique, you can use multiple colours and make more complex designs like I did on these two plushies that I made a while back.

How to needle felt basic features on your amigurumi using yarn #crochet #plush

If you would like to make your own Imogen bunny for Easter, her pattern is available in store! Scroll down for the link.

How to needle felt basic features on your amigurumi using yarn #crochet #plush

Did this tutorial help you? Let us know!

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15 thoughts on “EASY NEEDLE FELTING FOR AMIGURUMI

  1. Specific gauge of felting needle or will any gauge do?

    1. Good question, Liz. I used a fine needle. The ones I buy aren’t marked with a specific number though, so I’m not sure what gauge they’d be. I’ll contact my supplier so I can add that info to the tutorial!

  2. I live here in Mexico and haven’t been able to find a felting needle, can I just use a regular sewing needle?

    1. Hey Karen. A regular needle won’t work, unfortunately. Felting needles have a special, burred tip that makes the fibers mesh with each other, keeping them in place. Sorry you haven’t been able to get one, that’s so frustrating. Have you considered ordering one online?

    2. Hola, Karen! No se de qué parte de México seas, pero en las tiendas de tela Parisina las puedes encontrar 🙂

  3. Preciosos tus trabajos y excelentes explicaciones. Mil gracias!

    Sólo me queda una duda… si me equivoco al usar esta técnica, hay manera de deshacer una parte para corregirla?

    1. Thank BeMe! If you make a mistake, you can pull the felting off and start over! It’s difficult to get all the felting fibers off so try to avoid mistakes as far as possible. You can use a pin or a regular sewing needle to lever the felting loose and then pull it off with your fingers. Just don’t use your felting needle as a lever because it will break!

  4. Do you have a video of this?

    1. No, sorry Tammy. You can search You Tube for felting videos – there are lots of good ones!

  5. I am in love with this rabbit but can t seem to find it thru the link. Is it no longer available

    1. Hi Cindu. The pattern is temporarily unavailable while I update the pattern, but will be re-released in the near future! If you’d like to be notified when it becomes available, click here to subscribe to my mailing list or join the Facebook Group.

  6. Do you have a pattern for the skunk and baboon?

    1. Hi Charleen! Sorry, I can’t share the pattern for them as they’re Disney characters so that would be copyright infringement – they are for my personal and private use only. I only release designs that are unique to my brand.

  7. Como es el nombre de la aguja de fieltro en ingles para encargarla a EE.UU., ya que aquí en Guatemala no puedo encontrarla.
    Gracias por su atención.

    1. Hi Dunia! I use Clover felting needles in medium weight (the green pack). I hope that helps!

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