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Needle-Felted Chicks

Viewer-crafter Jenn Docherty shares her technique for making adorable needle-felted chicks.




  • Foam mat
  • Wool roving
  • Felting needle
  • Wood skewer
  • Needle
  • Black upholstery thread
  • Sheet of felt (to use for beak)
  • 34-gauge wire
  • 20-gauge black-coated craft wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Awl
  • Fabric glue
  • Cosmetic blush (optional)
  • Mini fabric flowers or mini hats (for embellishing)
  • Egg cup


  1. Step 1

    To make the head, pull off tuft of roving and wind into a ball. Jab with a felting needle.

  2. Step 2

    To make the body, wrap wool roving around wood skewer; pull off skewer. Jab with a felting needle, sculpting it as you go into an egg shape.

  3. Step 3

    To make the breast a different color, needle-felt a thin layer of roving. Add a bit more roving to one end to form tail. Jab with a felting needle.

  4. Step 4

    To make the wings, needle-felt a ball and flatten it into a disc, tapering one end. Needle-felt wing to body.

  5. Step 5

    To add eyes, poke a needle threaded with black upholstery thread up through bottom of head, exiting where you the want eye to be; thread bead onto needle.

  6. Step 6

    Go back in and out through where you'd like second eyeball to be; thread bead; go back in and out through where you want the beak to be.

  7. Step 7

    To make the beak, fold felt in half and cut a triangle. Attach beak using same thread as used for eyes and bring thread out through bottom and tie off.

  8. Step 8

    Attach head to body using 34-gauge wire threaded through a needle. Insert needle up through bottom of bird body and out through the top where you want the head to sit. Go up through the head, then and down the head, through body and out where you entered. Twist the wire very tightly to secure. Use pliers to curl up the wire tightly against the bottom of the body. Take a tuft of wool to cover dent in head and wire at bottom.

  9. Step 9

    To make feet, cut two 7-inch lengths of 20-gauge black-coated craft wire. About half-way down, bend wire around needle-nose pliers. Make three "toes" and then wrap wire; twist, then bend up at "ankle"; cut "leg" 1-inch from ankle. Snip excess wire at ankle.

  10. Step 10

    Use an awl to make two holes in bottom of body. Put a dab of fabric glue onto leg. Insert legs into holes. Allow to dry.

  11. Step 11

    Sew feet to a larger felt ball with upholstery thread. Glue ball into egg cup. To embellish, glue a mini fabric flower (or mini hat) onto bird head and to the rim of the egg cup, where it meets the felt ball. You can use a little bit of cosmetic blush to give the chick rosy cheeks.

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Reviews (4)

  • santamaker 11 Mar, 2008

    After trying all local craft stores.I was able to find the needles at a knitting shop.
    They come in a package of three for $6.00

  • RosePaul 10 Mar, 2008

    I have a hint for all the needle felters out there. When and if, and you will poke yourself with the needle, quickly stick you finger in cayenne pepper! I know it sounds weird, but it works to stop bleeding and the pain. I keep a jar on my craft desk. Just tap some in the lid and put your finger in. This also so works on thorns from the garden!

  • MellowYellow 7 Mar, 2008

    I can't wait to make some to send in the mail for easter,but I need a needle too! I love them

  • santamaker 24 Feb, 2008

    Can't wait to try these, but having trouble finding felting needle in local craft stores. Will have to wait to get one on line. They look great