Jude Brown from Australia sent in this pic of her darling needle felted bunny, Monty.
Little Monty stands 6″ tall!!
Needle Felted Bunny by Jennifer Markens. This perfectly precious needle felted bunny comes to us from Jennifer Markens of Cranston, MA. She has captured an true innocence in this little scene.
“We ran a fundraiser this year, and last year, here in Ashfield, MA at Cranston’s Christmas Tree Farm, selling ornaments. Here is my felted bunny ornament. Our fundraiser raised over five thousand dollars over a two year period for local organizations supporting the needs of folks facing cancer. Maryellen Cranston had this idea for a sale at her family’s farm and a number of us in the community donated ornaments.”
- Jennie Markens
Needle felt this fun litttle bunny ball, we call him “Dot”! More tutorials follow on needle felting Easter Eggs and needle felting his best pal “Cheep”! This project requires very little wool. We used Living Felt MC-1 Merino Cross Batts in Cotton, and Sorbet, some black glass beads for eyes and some button thread.
This is the ball for our bunny head, which also happens to be his body! Our needle felted bunny is very small, yours can be as large as you like! Needle felt this very firmly. Decide which surface will the face and which the bottom. Use your felting needles or multi-needle
felting tool to flatten out the bottom. For this projectm, we primarily used a 38 gauge star felting needle and a 40 triangle felting needle.
Pull off two small, equally sized tufts of wool to make the ears. Making both
at the same time helps to get the sizing to match. You will find this true
for most “pairs” whether they be ears, feet, arms or slippers! While
your final bunny ears may be small, pull off more wool than you think you
will need. The fibers will compact as you felt them. It is much easier to
shape the wool when you have enough to work with. Starting with too little
may leave thin spots or tips that cannot be properly felted.
Fold them in half length wise and lightly needle felt right in the middle.
Do not try to attach it to the foam, just tack down the fibers.
Fold the sides in towards the middle and needle felt them in place.
Needle felt all around the shape by felting at a very shallow depth and continuously
shaping the ears as desired. Try to avoid felting them to the foam, make sure
to needle felt both sides and the edges.
If desired, felt some pink on the insides. Remember to make very shallow pokes
with your needle so the color does not come out the other side.
To help decide where the eyes go, we colored two white tipped straight pins
with a black marker and used these as temporary place holders.
You can use T-tacks or straight pins to select the placement of the ears and
other body parts as needed.
Once the position is selected, firmly needle felt the ears onto your bunny.
Spread the fibers out and take time to blend them in well. A fine gauge needle
such as a 40 Triangle works well for final blending.
Needle felt or embroider a bunny on your nose.
Sew on the bunny eyes by running your darning or doll needle from the back of the head and out where the eye socket will be. Leave enough thread dangling out the back to tie a knot. If desired, you can needle felt an impression for the eyes first, this is best done with your 36 gauge felting needle. String on the bead and run your needle into the eyesocket and out the back about 1/8th of an inch from the entrance thread. Pull tightly and tie a firm knot. This will slightly inset the eye. Repeat for the second eye.
Cut the threads very close to the head, patch with wool to fill any indentation
and needle felt into place.
Here is our finished bunny, “Dot” and his best pal, “Cheep.”
Watch for a tutorial on Cheep very soon!
These splendid creatures were needle felted by Abby Killman of Ontario, Canada!
Abby wins a $25 Gift Certificate to Living Felt!
They all have the best faces and are really well felted! We love that the wire in the bunny’s ears makes them able to move! The ears are adorable too! The monkey has the best face, mischievous. :)
Thank you for sharing your adorable creatures with us, Abby!
This charming little bunny family and kitty, named Cody, were made by Jude Brown of Australia! We think this kitty has a great face- especially with the brown around his eye. His nose is really well defined too!
Jude says this is the first attempt at needle felting a bunny. We think Jude did a great job! The baby bunnies are adorable! Especially that one with the floppy ears- so cute~!
Thank you for sharing, Jude! We look forward to many more creations!
“I started felting in November 2012 and began making Christmas presents for family and friends.
In February 2013, out of the blue my husband says “Where’s my felted animal? I never got one.” I didn’t realize he felt left out so I made this little bunny and added a heart and said “Here, some bunny loves you!” He was thrilled!
- Michele Aquilante, Bellmawr, New Jersey
“I was lucky to receive several bags of Living Felt mixed Merino cross felting wool as a gift. LF has the best selection of felting wool and supplies and I love the website. Mr. Bunny is almost 10″ to the tip of his ears. I made it for my little nephew for Easter 2012 and have started on a Mrs. Bunny for this year’s gift. This was the first time I needle felted clothing and plan to “dress” Mrs. Bunny before finishing her arms! I have other lovely bright colors to use for her clothing. “
- Jane Lendway, Montpelier, VT