Create Your Own Needle Felt Fox
If you’re completely new to the art of needle-felting but – like us – you’ve fallen in love with all the adorable needle felt animals that are making an appearance on Pinterest and Instagram, then we’ve the perfect way for you to try your hand at this amazing craft! Our complete needle felting kits provide a really easy way for you to have a go at felting your own cuddly companion, without having to commit to an expensive investment. How tricky are these needle felting kits for a total novice to start crafting with? We sent our one of our gorgeous needle felt fox kits to creative contributor Helen Kirkham to try out, so that you can see just how easy it is to get stuck into something new! Check out her tutorial below, and get your hands on this beautiful needle felt fox kit to create your own!
Helen Kirkham’s Needle Felt Fox Tutorial:
I was a little nervous when I first opened the packet – I started this project as a complete beginner! But whilst I have never tried needle felting before, I think once a person starts crafting, any kind of craft, you just want to learn more skills. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to crack this particular craft nut because I looked at the separate pieces of wool and thought ‘This will never come together!’ but it does. I am delighted with the outcome, and very happy to introduce the crafting world to my new sleepy fox, Freddie!
Don’t let the fear of not being able to do something put you off giving it a go… this was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be, and I think it will be for others too!
Helen’s helpful hint: My main piece of advice is to be patient; take your time on each step. Particularly with this project, ‘The Sleepy Fox,’ use the time to learn the needle felting techniques, mainly to stab and turn the project evenly all the way around. Plus, when stabbing the wool, be careful with the needle… it’s sharp! (I now speak from experience, ouch!)
Time it Takes: 1 hour +
Skill Level: Beginner
You Will Need:
Tightly twist the two pipe cleaners together and then bend this into a U shape, with one end slightly longer.
Separate the white wool into three sections: one small ball, one medium and one large.
Helen’s helpful hint: When separating the wool, pull it apart with your hands, don’t use scissors.
Wrap the smallest ball of wool around the shortest part of the pipe cleaner. Start to needle felt by gently stabbing the wool. Make sure you stab the wool on top of the foam mat – and keep your fingers out of the way! Sculpt the end of the face into a nose.
Wrap the largest ball of wool around the middle of the pipe cleaner. Start to needle felt the body, leaving about 10 cm of pipe cleaner for the tail. Needle felt the body and the head pieces together to create a smooth line.
Wrap the medium ball of wool around the remaining bit of pipe cleaner; when needle felting the tail, bring the tail to a point at the end. Join the body and tail together to create a smooth line. The fox should start to look like a slightly uneven croissant!
Helen’s helpful hint: If you poke the needle at an angle, it will help to ease the pieces together.
Take some of the light brown coloured wool and cover the back of the fox with one long piece of wool. If there are any gaps, go back in with some more wool. Make sure to needle felt the wool in the same direction.
Needle felt some of the light brown wool to create the ears, with the tops ending in points, then needle the dark brown inside the ears.
Helen’s helpful hint: Use your hands to manipulate the shape, but when you start to needle felt again, keep your fingers out of the way.
Attach the ears to the fox’s head. Create the fox’s thigh by needle felting some wool horizontally across the body and tail.
Add a very small amount of wool to add the fox’s mouth and nose. Add a small amount of the dark brown wool to the side of the face and then push the eyes in the same spot.
Helen’s helpful hint: Take a small amount of the black wool and twist it in your fingers to create the lines for the mouth.
Love this project? Check out our equally gorgeous Needle Felt Robin step-by-step tutorial, right here on the blog!