In Felt Tutorial

There she is…sweet mama blue bird!

This was my first attempt at needle felting an animal. I followed the tutorial previously referenced in the “little nest” post. I photographed the steps as shown below.

1) First I Google Image searched “bluebird” and printed out a visual reference. I needle felted the basic body shape in white. I decided to skip the legs and feet since she will be sitting on her eggs in the felty nest.

2) Next I added blue detail on the head and back.

3) I needle felted the tail separately until I was happy with the shape, then overlapped it onto the back.

4) Red detail added to the breast.

5) Wings made separately as done with the tail. I tried to get them approximately the same size and shape.

6) Wings attached…

7) The beak was tricky…so small and difficult to shape!

The whole process took about 2 hours. It was really pretty easy but requires patience. I recommend cleaning your felting needles with alcohol before starting, because it is likely you will poke yourself! I am by no means an expert on this…you should give it a try! Update: Here is another great bird making tutorial that I was reminded about!

Recent Posts
Showing 7 comments
  • Sarah

    Hopefully this isn’t going to post twice…on the other hand…reading a compliment twice isn’t so bad is it? :-) I LOVE your felting…and thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your techniques with tutorials. I’ve saved the directions and will give it a try-I’m envisioning many birdies throughout my house. You’re quite an original artist!!! Hope you’ll keep sharing with us who are better at “following” than “leading” :-)

  • GuineaPigLuvr

    at this point i needle felt stuff onto denim and things like that(only 2-D!!!) but how do you make the original body? is it a clump of fuzz felted together, or is there a hard core? (woops i guess not, or else i might break my needle) ill try it! it looks fun and ur mommy bird is very cute!

  • Roberta Granada

    Hi, i loved your blog, i have got one blog, acess my blog and look my jobs.

  • Melissa K.

    This is beautiful! I just made my first felted owl last night, and now I’m making a sheep. The owl is more odd/cute, but now I want to make a more realistic bird like you’ve done. :)

  • [email protected]

    I want to make a couple birds for our gnome house. These will be perfect. Thanks for sharing this tute. I’ll be linking on Facebook.

  • Crystal Sutliff http://fiberfolk.blogspot.com/

    I really like your birdie, it is adorable. I just started my first one a little brown wren I think it might be, last night. I just started a needle felting blog to gather together tutorials & ideas into one place & to add hints I haven’t found anywhere else. can I link to your bird tutorial?
    Hope this doesn’t post twice
    Have a good one
    KnitSis Does Needle Felting

  • Betz White

    Hi Crystal, Sure, you can link to this, thanks. Betz

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Be a VIP!

Member benefits include exclusive discounts, early bird specials and first dibs on new designs! Subscribe now to stay in touch!