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Cute Needle Felted Animal Friends
FINISHED SIZE
4 in (10 cm) high

★ Make the body and head out of batting and the rest
of the parts out of regular wool roving.

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  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using the Actual size illustration of parts as a guide,
    make all the parts.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 2
    Step 2

    Attach head to body. Place the head on the body and
    secure by poking with needle all the way around once. Take
    small amounts of batting and place around the base of the
    head and poke with needle. Repeat one more rotation to
    firmly secure.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 3
    Step 3

    Attach front legs to body. Gather the loose fibers of the
    legs and attach to the side of the body so that the paws will
    be able to hold a ball. Poke with the needle.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 4
    Step 4

    Attach hind legs to body. Starting with the right leg, place
    the section with the loose fibers of the hind leg on the body
    and poke with needle to secure. Place the left leg over the
    right leg and poke with the needle.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 5
    Step 5

    Attach ears. Spread out the loose fibers of the ear, pinch the tip and poke with the needle. Keep adding and poking little bits of golden yellow wool to secure. Add pink to the inner ear and poke.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make snout. Add white wool to the snout area and poke with the needle.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 7
    Step 7

    Layer white wool on stomach and poke with the needle.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 8
    Step 8

    Poke golden yellow sections of the head, body and legs
    with the needle.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 9
    Step 9

    Add nose and mouth. Take a small amount of burnt brown
    wool and twist with fingertips to create a thin strand. Poke
    into the shape of the nose and mouth on the snout. Add a
    little bit of pink wool to the tip of the nose and poke.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 10
    Step 10

    Attach eyes. Punch eyeholes with awl, dab glue on the
    crystal eye stem and insert into eyehole. Add burnt brown
    wool around the eyes and poke. Then add white wool around
    the burnt brown section and poke.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 11
    Step 11

    Attach tail. Gather the loose fibers of the tail and attach
    to the backside by poking with needle. Place a small amount
    of golden yellow wool around the base of the tail and poke to
    reinforce and adjust shape.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 12
    Step 12

    On the golden yellow sections of the head, body, leg and
    tail, poke light brown wool into tiger stripes.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 13
    Step 13

    Add claws. Take a very small amount of burnt brown wool,
    twist into a strand with fingertips and poke with needle.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 14
    Step 14

    Add paw pads. Take a small amount of pink wool, place on
    top of foam pad and lightly poke with needle into paw pads.
    Position on the back paws and poke securely into place.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 15
    Step 15

    Add three whiskers on each side. (see below).

  • Step 16

    Place ball in-between front legs.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 17
    Step 17

    HOW TO ADD WHISKERS
    The following will show how to insert bead stringing wire securely. We’ve used black wire here, which is easier. For the final project, clear wire was used.

    Thread the wire through the eye of a needle. Insert the needle from the right side of the nose and pull out from the left side. Leave a tail of the wire on the right side.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 18
    Step 18

    Insert the needle just beneath the exit point from step 1 and pull through to the right side. Tug tightly so that the stitch on the left side is not visible.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 19
    Step 19

    Repeat step 2 in the opposite direction.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 20
    Step 20

    First pair of whiskers.

  • How to make a cat plushie. Needle Felted Tabby Cat - Step 21
    Step 21

    Repeat steps 1~4 to create additional whiskers as needed and trim to the same length.

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