Needle Felting FairytalesTutorial
How many frogs have you kissed looking for your prince? Well let’s not go into that now, but this little felted frog is really a prince that has been enchanted by a spiteful fairy. He is doomed to be a slimy, green amphibian till a princess gives him a big smooch. Will he find his princess, will they live happily ever after? Follow this tutorial to make your own needle felted frog/prince:
Needle felted frog tutorial:
Wool: dark green, light green, light brown, dark brown, cream
Sponge (felting surface)
2 doll eyes
Green embroidery thread (to sew appendages together)
Doll needle (to sew appendages together)
Fabric glue (if you choose to glue doll eyes into eye sockets)
Core wool or acrilon (to form base shapes)
Sewing thread (to wrap around core wool/base shapes)
Yellow Felt (for crown)
Pipe cleaners (frog fingers)
4 long ovals for the arms (2 per arm): 3.5″ long x 4″ dia. (the ends are tapered)
4 long ovals for the legs (2 per leg): 4″ long x 4.5″ dia. (the ends are tapered)
pear shaped body: 3.5″ across the head and 6″ across the body x 9″ long
2 eye spheres: 4″ diameter
feet: 3.5″ long x 3″ wide
hands: 2.5″ wide x 3″ long
- BASE SHAPES: Form the base shapes of the frog by wrapping sewing thread around core wool. Shape 2 long ovals for each leg and arm. The body shape is pear-like and 2 small spheres for the eyes.
- Needle felt cream wool over all the shapes except the eyes.
- Needle felt light brown wool on one side of all the shapes, the eye spheres should be all brown.
- FEET: Layout a few tufts of wool in the shape of the frog’s feet. Needle felt each shape till flat, felting one side of the foot, turn it over and felt the other side of the foot and continue till the feet shapes are flat and firm (add more wool if needed). Draw the webbed toes with chalk and cut out. Felt the toes till the edges are smooth.
- HANDS: Needle felt a ball as the base of the hands. Cut 4 slits into the ball and insert pieces of a pipe cleaner (1.5″ long) as fingers. Wrap light brown wool around the pipe cleaners and needle felt the wool at the sides and around the pipe cleaners and onto the hand.
- Sew the arms and legs together and to the body with embroidery thread and a long doll needle.
- ADDING HANDS AND FEET: Wrap the feet around the bottom of the leg and sew it on with the embroidery thread. Wrap a tuft of wool around the frog’s ankle and foot and felt it so the seam can no longer be seen. Next, sew the finished hands onto the ends of the arms.
- Felt small balls (warts) onto the back of the frog and sew the eye spheres onto the head.
- Needle felt the brown undercoat (top side) of the frog with green wool. I first made all the shapes brown in case colored showed through the green, the brown undercoat adds depth to the color of the frog.
- Cover/felt the warts with dark brown wool, add additional small tufts of light green wool on the back of the frog.
- SCULPTING THE HEAD: Wrap tufts of green wool around the eyes to blend them into the head. (You don’t want the head to look like there are two ball sitting on the top of it.) Keep adding green wool till you have blended the eye spheres into the head shape. Felt the nose of the frog flat and to a point. Where the top green part meets the underside of cream, add “lines” of wool to form lips and make a separation/indentation between the lips with a large gauged felting needle.
- BELLY: needle felt dark brown wool spots on the belly of the frog. Cover the spots with a thin layer of cream wool and needle felt firmly over the brown spots. Applying a thin layer of cream wool over the spots makes them a lighter color and more realistic.
- EYES: Cut a slit in the center of the eye spheres to insert eyeballs. (As a different eye technique, you can opt to needle felt the eyeballs with wool onto the eye spheres, but this should be done last, after the frog is completely fished.) I tried a couple different types of doll eyes to see which one I liked best. I chose the blue blinking eyes because the frog is really a prince.
- Put fabric glue into the eye slits and insert the doll eyes. Important! Make sure both eyes are looking in the same direction. Felt green wool around the eyes to fill in the gaps and add upper and lower eye ridges around the eyes.
- CROWN: if your frog is really a prince (as mine is) you can cut a crown for him. frog’s crown