Free needle felting project: Mini felted whale
Learn how to make your own mini felted whale with Nicky Cairney's free needle felting project!
Expert needle felter Nicky Cairney is here with a super cute free needle felting project for you! Nicky created Little Blue Artworks (you can read our review of Little Blue Artworks subscription box here on Gathered) and is the queen of cute needle felting projects for people of all abilities. We love her creations so much that we had to get her to create one for us and ta-dah! This adorable mini felted whale was born. Nicky’s going to take you through step by step how to make this mini whale so you can fall in love with needle felting us much as us. If you’re new to needle felting don’t worry. We have a beginner’s guide to needle felting as well as guides to the best felting wool for needle felting and best needle felting books. Once you’ve brushed up on your needle felting techniques follow Nicky’s tutorial below and make your own mini whale. You can also make your mini whale some pals with our needle felted animals and needle felt bird tutorials!
What you will need:
- A needle felting pad/sponge
- A needle felting needle (gauge 36)
- A pair of sharp scissors
- A pair of needle felting eyes (4mm)
- 2 x thin wires, approx 6” (I used a gauge 26)
- Approx 8g turquoise carded felting wool
- Approx 8g white carded felting wool
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Mini felted whale tutorial
You Will Need
- Needle felting pad/sponge
- Needle felting needle
- A pair of needle felting eyes
- Thin wires
- Turquoise carded felting wool
Start with approx 8g turquoise carded wool. Take off approx 1/3 and put aside for later.
To make a ball shape for the body, fold wool over thumbs. Take out thumbs and fold up the bottom.
Now fold in the left and right so all sides together.
Felt all the edges in together to hold. Now felt around the sides to unflatten the shape.
Continue to felt all over until you have a sphere. If there’s any cracks, patch over with a small pinch of wool. Your finished felted ball should be firm & not too squishy.
For the tale, take off half the rest of wool, flatten onto mat.
Fold up the top and the bottom to make a thin strip (about 3cm).
Fold the right side over and felt down.
Cut from the right side along its length (about 3cm).
Pinch in the ends of each cut piece and felt to hold that shape.
Pinch the top & bottom, (at the cut ends) and felt there to hold shape.
Felt through this piece, (leaving tail protruding), and into the bottom of sphere to attach.
For the fins, take two small pinches of the wool. Make each size slightly bigger than the end of a finger.
Tuck 1 piece of wool under finger at the top, left and right. Pulling finger slowly down wool, felt this shape to hold.
Gently take the wool off the mat and felt on each side at the top to make a point.
Now pinch the sides together (about 2cm from top), and felt to hold.
Make the other in the same way and trim the shape with scissors if needed.
Attach the fins by felting through them into the bottom where the tail is. Leave ends protruding.
Use straight and hard felting stabs to flatten the bottom and front of the whale (face). To improve surface
of the face area, use a small pinch of extra wool and gently tap it on to smooth appearance.
Felt a long groove for the mount, just under 1cm from the bottom. Finish the groove with a curve up (like a smile), ending where the fin starts.
Felt in an eye socked just above end of the mouth, then felt a deep hole in the middle. Pop in the stem of the eye into the deep hole and push in all the way to sit in the socket.
Felt a deep hole in the top of the whale for the spout.
Make a thin length of white and turquoise wool. Cut thin wire into 5” lengths & cover 4” with glue.
Wrap both colours around the gluey covered wire, leaving 1” bare. Do the same with the second wire, then insert both bare ends into the spouts.
Felt through the bottoms of the wire felt into the whale to attach.
Bend the wire over your thumb so it cascades down. You can make it waves for extra water effect. Trim off any excess water and tidy up fuzzy parts of the whale to finish.
Now your whale is finished, time to make a splash on social media! Don’t forget to tag us!
We hope you’ve enjoyed making your mini felted whale. For more needle felting projects check out our DIY needle felt Christmas decorations and our needle felting projects for beginners.