Irresistible Felted Baby Animals -- Crafty Sundays Review


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

It has been a while since I have needle felted. The last time I did I made a picture and not a 3-D object, but I pulled out my needle felting supplies this week and started making adorable baby animals with the help of today's book. The book is Irresistible Felted Baby Animals: Needle Felted Cuties from Puppies to Pandas by Sachiko Susa. I will admit my needle felting skills need more practice!!

From the Publisher:

Irresistible Felted Baby Animals shows you how to bring out the playfulness and wide-eyed innocence of sweet young creatures of backyards, barnyards, woodlands and seas from all over the world. This new collection by Sachiko Susa, the author of the bestselling Cute Needle Felted Animals, will appeal to beginners and experienced felters alike.

Learn how to create felted cuties from all walks of life!
  • An easy and incredibly cute baby seal, chick or penguin
  • Woodland buddies like foxes, bears and raccoons
  • Exotic friends from foreign lands like the panda, lion, koala and manul
  • Family pets like puppies, kittens, bunnies and hamsters
  • And more—18 different animal friends in 30 different poses!

Perfect for beginners and experienced felters alike, the felting projects are presented according to the level of experience required to make them, with detailed step-by-step instructions for each. Actual-size diagrams for the key body parts make it easy to reproduce their sizes and shapes accurately. Active (and sleeping) poses make the figures extremely lifelike and give you a variety of options so you can even assemble a whole litter of cuties!

From Me:

The animals in this book are so adorable!! I wanted to make them all!! However, I have limited colors currently and I definitely need some more practice! The instructions in the book are great. I love that they give you actual size illustrations to check your shape and size for different body parts. I started with the penguin and besides not having a light enough grey I am happy with how it turned out.

 I bought a pack of crystal eyes ages ago and of course cannot find them, so I made eyes with wool. I think the crystal eyes would have been so much better!! I love the variety of animals in this book and some of the animals have different sizes or positions. The penguin has four sizes for the torso and head. The pages give amounts of roving and colors as well as the actual size illustrations and sometimes actual size from different views. The book also has a completed example from different views. 

The penguin was one of the first animals and the ones in the beginning are definitely the easier ones. The only thing I felt was lacking was how to make the muzzles. You can tell on my panda and lion cub that I struggled with this.

Again, I didn't have my crystal eyes and need to look for them. My muzzle and legs are lacking a bit. Here is a sample page of the pandas and the different positions you can make.

Mine is nowhere as cute! I will have to practice some more. My legs and muzzles need some help. But it is still cute! Here is the lion cub I made. Again, needs help in the legs and muzzle!

I am really enjoying this book and am using the pictures as inspiration to keep practicing my skills and hopefully improve! This book has such adorable animals. I hope you will check it out and get needle felting this summer! I wish I had made these when Hazel was younger for her zoo playmat!