When it comes to trendy new crafting techniques, one of our favourite things to find fun tutorials for is needle felting. While we do know that needle felting itself is hardly new, its current rise in popularity is certainly a new discovery for us and many young crafters we know, so we’re happy to see more and more people getting involved and learning the skills! The more trendy a technique gets, the more trendy pop culture patterns we always find popping up available to make. That’s why we’ve been browsing movie and TV characters lately!
Check out these 15 awesome character ideas that will help you needle felt your way through your favourite TV shows and movies on your next block of time off.
1. Totoro from My Neighbour Totoro
Are you still on the newer side of needle felting but you’re ready for some character themed things that let you practice adding detail despite working with a simple shape? Have you always had a place in your heart for anime style movies with stories that stay with you? Then this Totoro felting pattern from Maqaroon is the perfect one for you. We love the way they used clay to add the leaf!
2. Ana from Frozen
Are you a Disney enthusiast who loves characters and princesses so much that you’re willing to put quite a bit of effort into adding details even after you’ve built the basic body and head shapes for your character? Then check out this adorable Ana pattern from Frozen! Flying Mio shows you how to felt her face, dress, and cape but add her eyes and hair using yarn and beads.
3. Stitch form Lilo and Stitch
Have you been in love with the concept of “ohana” ever since you saw Disney’s Lilo and Stitch as a kid? Is it something that you and a family member have bonded over? Then a needle felted Stitch will make the perfect gift when you want them to know you’re thinking of them! We love this little Stitch tutorial from Budget Hobby on particular because he’s holding a simple red heart out to whoever you give your final product to, just to make them feel even more loved.
Perhaps you know someone whose day needs saving and, given their taste in comic books, the best way to do that is to make them their very own miniature super hero? Then check how this adorable needle felted Batman! He’s even more cartoonish in his shape and design than the average Batman drawing, making him look friendly rather than intimidating, so he’s the perfect cheer-up trinket for comic lovers. Felting Madness shows you how he’s made.