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This needle-felted snowbaby is a little bit of cuteness for your Christmas tree. I designed these to be my 2012 Christmas gifts.

Tools:

scissors
medium or small felting needle
foam pad to felt on
aluminum foil
oven
hot glue gun 
needlenose tweezers
tapestry needle


Materials:

white wool roving
wool roving in another color
Soft Fimo in orange
Soft Fimo in black
gold thread
(optional: sticker labels to put on thread)


 
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Step 1: Make two puffballs

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Cut a 1-1/2'' to 2'' (4-5 cm) length of white wool roving and divide it in two. With each piece, form it roughly into a ball by bringing the ends together. Poke it with the felting needle, turning the ball around to get every side and to make sure it doesn't get attached to the foam. Roll the puffball between your hands from time to time, and keep poking until you are satisfied with the shape. My snowbabies end up quite puffy—with this amount of wool roving, just felting them enough to hold together, they end up being 1" to 1-1/2" (2.5-4 cm) in diameter—but if you want denser snowbabies, use more of the wool roving for each ball and poke it for longer. 

If you're unfamiliar with needle felting, see here for more detailed instructions, but it's mostly just a matter of poking the ball with the needle. The hardest part is being careful not to poke yourself or break the needle.

Step 2: Make the scarf

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Cut the other wool roving into lengths of about 4" - 5" (10 - 12cm). Divide these into three (or four if you want a thinner scarf) and poke them, as is, with the felting needle until the fibers stick together to your satisfaction.

Step 3: Make the body

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With the hot glue gun, glue the two puffballs together. 

Step 4: Glue the scarf on

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Glue the scarf on: put one dab of glue in the middle of the scarf, press the body to that spot, then glue the ends of the scarf together near the body as shown in the photo, and press the ends together. 
as910 months ago
Aww! Cool! Wow! Dazzle!
ChrysN1 year ago
That is adorable!