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Wee Felt-a-long: Tiny UFO (PEW PEW!)

February 22, 2013, 11:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

alien logofelt galaxyHi everyone! Welcome to our show: Wee Felt-a-long Time! Today, we are going to learn how to make the Tiny UFO from Michelle Kiker’s Felt Galaxy project from Wee Felt Worlds. Follow the instructions below, and soon you’ll have your own little spaceship. And don’t stop at one, make a whole armada! Zoom! Swoosh! Pew pew!

A quick note: I’ve made several of these and come up with my own take on how to make a tiny UFO. So these instructions will differ slightly from those in the book. You’ll find as you learn that you come up with your own ways of needle felting and creating shapes.

And before you start, here’s the most important piece of information you need to know about needle felting: be careful with that needle! They are super sharp with little barbs, and they love to stab your fingers if you aren’t careful.

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1. Gather your materials. You’ll need a felting surface (foam works great), a felting needle, and 4 different colors of wool roving (I used orange, gray, yellow, and white).

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2. Take some orange roving and needle felt it into a ball.

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3. Take another selection of orange wool roving and needle felt it into a thick, flat, round shape. Make it bigger around than the ball.

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4. Place the ball on top of the round shape and needle felt them together. If you find that the bottom portion (the saucer) is not big enough, wrap some additional roving around it and needle felt it into place.

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5. You now have the basic shape of your UFO!

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6. Next it’s time to make the legs your UFO will stand on. Take a small amount of orange roving and needle felt it into an oval shape, then needle felt some more on one end to tighten it up and make it more like a pyramid. I find it easier to hold one end and rotate it around as I go. Make three of these.

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7. Now attached the 3 legs to the bottom of your UFO. Before you start, make sure of your placement for all three legs. If they don’t look much like pyramids after you attach them, add some strips of roving around their bases and needle felt into place.

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8. Grab some gray roving and wrap it around the top of your UFO, needle felting it into place. This is the UFO’s window. You may have to do this several times to cover the whole upper half of your UFO.

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9. Gather some yellow roving and roll it into a thin line (like a snake). Wrap it around the base of the window and needle felt it into place.

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10. Take a small piece of white roving and needle felt it onto the window, this creates a highlight. Now you have your own tiny UFO!

alien and UFOsNow go forth and make an army of tiny UFOs!