- Arts and Design
How To Make A Felt Wee Ninja
Make Your Very Own Pocket Ninja!
Every once in a while I get the notion to make something 3 dimensional. It doesn't happen very often but when it does I usually go with it.
This time I was inspired to make myself a little ninja as I have been working my way through the game Ninjatown on the Nintendo DS for the second time.
Ninjatown is an obscenely cute game involving snugly (yet deadly) ninjas who need to protect their star cookie recipe from the evil Mr. Demon who threatens to ... well ruin everything just for fun. The game is strategy based (build defences to battle waves of enemies) and it is quite possibly my favorite game for the DS.
Below I have illustrated the simple pattern and procedure that I used to make my adorable pocket ninja. Enjoy!
Ninjatown For Nintendo DS
Such a fun tower defense game. Adorable story and characters, can't help but get sucked in for hours of demon popping fun.
Before we begin, have you heard of Ninjatown prior to reading this lens?
1 sheet black felt
1 sheet peach felt
2, 12mm black eyes & shanks
Pattern - Right click and save to desktop!
Please note that I have written these instructions for someone who has at least very basic sewing skills.
1. Right click on the template pattern above and save to your desktop.
2. Print pattern and cut out the two pieces
3. Using pattern paper as a template cut two identical body pieces from the black felt
4. Using pattern paper as a template cut one face piece from the peach felt
5. Round out any accidental corners by carefully snipping the edges
6. Line up the face piece on one of the black pieces with the template paper on top and work the needle into the middle of the eye holes (wiggle back and forth) to mark them.
7. Use the tip of your scissors to VERY CAREFULLY make the holes larger
8. Pop in your eyeballs and secure with shanks (I like to clip off the unnecessary eyeball endy part with pliers but this is not essential)
Now you're probably thinking... hey look at that, the face is held on nicely by the eyeballs, there is no need to sew the face on! Incorrect, if you don't sew the face on it's going to look ridiculous once you've stuffed your ninja.
9. Sew the face on using equally spaced overhand stitches. Below I have provided a lovely illustration of an overhand stitch which I borrowed (website noted on image) because I'm too lazy to draw my own... not sure if they made the image or not but whatever. Be careful not to pull your stitches too tight or you will have puckers and puckers make wee ninja sad :(
10. Once your face is sewn on you can start stitching your body pieces together using more overhand stitching (more appropriately illustrated below with another borrowed image). Ensure that your stitches are even and close together. Since I'm using felt and the ninja is so small I have chosen to not sew the ninja inside out. With any other fabric this would probably be a good idea of course you would have to factor a seam allowance into the pattern as well however felt is best left not fiddled with too much on this scale so when you sew your ninja body together his face will be out. You're also going to want to consider where to leave your stuffing opening at this point... I prefer to leave mine around the side of the head about an inch and a half long.
11. Now that you've sewn your ninja body together you can start poking stuffing into your stuffing hole. Make sure that your arms and legs are nice and firm but be careful not to overstuff your ninja head or he will not look right.
12. Sew up the stuffing hole and you're finished!
Apply The Same Pattern To Make All Ninjas!
Please note that I do not in any way make claim to the copyrighted material of ninjatown or the Original artwork of Shawn Smith who's characters inspired the game. I have made this lens strictly to promote the game and show people how to make their very own adorable pocket ninja. You're welcome to make as many as you like however... if you make them and sell them then that is is all sorts of illegal and therefore could get quite messy for you... so just don't.