Iron Craft Challenge #21 – Felt Elf

This Iron Craft challenge was to use one of my favorite supplies, felt. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make and then I kept seeing these little elves in all the stores around Iceland.

I was tempted to buy one, but they looked so much like something I could make and the perfect project for this challenge. Not only does this project use felt, but I created my own by needle felting.
Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf
I think I’ve got it down pretty good. I didn’t do the embroidery though. The ones I saw in the store were thick felt and hallow inside. I used a styrofoam ball covered in wool for the body of mine so embroidery would have been tricky.

Felt Elf

Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf

  • 2″ Styrofoam ball
  • Serrated knife
  • Roving or lightly spun yarn
  • Needlefelting needle
  • 1″ Wooden bead or ball with a flat side
  • Fabric glue
  • Tacky glue
  • Tan felt
  • Red felt

1. Using the serrated knife, cut a small part of the bottom off the styrofoam ball to create a flat base for it to sit on.
Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf
2. Needle felt the wool around the ball – You can use either roving or lightly spun 100% wool yarn for this step. The yarn must be wool to felt.
Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf
I used Sheep(ish) is Chartreuse(ish) which almost isn’t spun at all. I like it’s bright color compared to the green roving I had on hand. Whichever you use, pull it apart to create a cloud of wool.
Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf
Cover the styrofoam ball with the wool and use the needle felting needle to felt it to the ball. I didn’t bother covering the bottom. You are trying to get a relatively smooth felt surface, though it’ll never be completely smooth. Add more layers of wool if you have spaces that you can see through.

3. Make the hat – Cut a quarter circle from the red felt. The curved part needs to be wide enough to go around the wooden bead with a little overlap. Fold into a cone and glue together with fabric glue.
Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf
I twisted the top of the hat a little to give it even more of a point.

4. Make the ears – Cut two pointed ears from the tan felt. I made myself a little paper pattern which made it easier to cut two pretty identical ears.
Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf

5. Glue the hat and ears on the wooden bead.
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I just used a little tacky glue for this.

6. Make the feet – Cut two rectangles of the red felt that cover the bottom of the ball and stick out about 3/4″.
Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf
Round off one end. Roll the rounded end up.

7. Assemble the elf – Glue the feet to the bottom of the ball. Then the wooden ball to the top. Let dry.
Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf Iron Craft Challenge #21 - Felt Elf

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