Needle Felted Minions
Have you watched Minions 2015? We went for the Minions movie during the weekend and the kids laughed their heads off in the cinema. When I first saw the movie trailer a few weeks ago, I was in sudden shock that I have forgotten to share the Needle Felted Minions tutorial with you which I made the end of last year. Oppsss…. how absent-minded I am.
This Needle Felted Minions is about 4″ high, made from a rolled-up yarn ball as the sculptural core. The sculptural core is then wrapped with the wool followed by the needle felt. It saves up a lot of wool with this method. You may add jingle bell in the body to make it rattles if you are making it as a toy for the kid.
You can even resize it to turn it to a bigger doll or a smaller charm. You may also adapt the basic shape of this Minion to make other characters of needle felted Minions, tall needle felted Minions, single-eyed needle felted Minions, short needle felted Minions, baby Needle Felted Minions, etc.
Love love loves the Minions Stuart, Kevin, Bob, and their fellow Minions colony. They are friendly, funny, innocently simple-minded and lucky on their thrilling journey. They worked as the henchmen for the world’s first female supervillain Scarlett Overkill and her husband Herb Overkill in the mission to steal the St. Edward’s Crown from Queen Elizabeth, and the adventure begins…
These small, yellow pill-shaped creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who have only one purpose: to serve history’s most villainous masters. “Minions 2015” is, in fact, the prequel to the famous “Despicable Me” (2010) and its sequel “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Hence, you will see how Minions transform into this yellow pill-shape figure who are wearing denim overalls and goggles. Lastly, you will see what makes Minions works for Gru in “Despicable Me”.
Say “BA NA NA”
Needle Felted Minions
Size: 4″ (H)
Materials & Supplies:
1. Wool roving in off banana yellow, denim blue, black, a little on off white, brown, hazelnut brown and grey.
2. Yarn – yellow, a little on black
3. Multi-Needle Pen Style Needle Felting Tool, Clover with Heavy weight needles
4. Felting needle, Fine weight
5. Felting sponge / foam block
6. Tapestry Needle
7. Water soluble fabric marker
1. When doing needle felting, pierce your needle straight into the object (don’t bend or prick the needle) to avoid the needle from breaking.
2. Use multi-needle in heavyweight for quick felting and use a fine needle to perfect the finishing.
3. Draw and mark the outline of the shape on the felting object will guide you on where to felt.
4. Never cut wool instead pull it out from the roving, unless instructed otherwise.
Reference tutorial with video:
1. Easter Carrot
2. Little Birds
3. Basic Needle Felting in shape with a cookie cutter (external Youtube video).
Gather all the materials and tools need for making needle felted Minions. Note that not all items needed are shown in the picture. Please follow the material list above.
Roll the yellow yarn into a dense flat ends pill or ovoid shape of about 3 1/2″ tall and 2 1/4″ wide.
Pull about 3 1/2″ wool from the roving (always pull your wool, don’t cut unless instructed), spread out the fibers and split them into a few groups. Flatten them into thin layers
Wrap the thin layer of wool around the basic yarn ball, vertically and horizontally, cover it up evenly. Add more wool if needed.
Pierce the wool with a multi-needle pen (with heavy weight needles) onto the yarn ball.
Check if you need more wool to cover up and refine the shaping during the felting.
The wool fibers are all intact and the body of the Minions is formed.
Sketch the outline of the denim overalls suit of the Minions with water soluble fabric marker. The suit is about half of the height on Minions, with the front chest piece slightly higher that the back piece.
Cover the circles with off white wool and felt them.
Add a bit of hazelnut brown wool to make the iris of the eyes. Outline it with dark brown wool, and add a pupil at the center.
Add a bit of white on the iris to make the eyes sparkle.
Mark two parallel lines on the top of the head, about 3/4″ long and 1/4″ apart.
Insert black yarn to the tapestry needle, knot the end.
Insert the needle from behind and come out from the end of the line.
Sew the yarn on the head to make loops of hair for the Minions, about 3/4″ long.
Knot the yarn at the top of the head after the last sew. Bring the needle out at the back of the head, pull to make the knot hidden into the head. Trim off the yarn as close as possible, cover the traces with some yellow wool and pierce.
Next, let’s make the arms and legs for the Minion.
Pierce 2 identical amount of yellow wool into a rod shape, about 2″ long with one end rounded and the other end in loose wool. The 2″ length does not include the length of the loose wool.
If you are interested in making another Minion’s craft, we have another tutorial to DIY Minions Hat out of Colored Corrugated Cardboard.