"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land."
-Abraham Lincoln

A Little Tutorial

After my kids and I finished the memory quilt for Youngest, the older two decided they needed a little something as well.   SO, I made them bunny and monster stuffies.
Check out the tutorial if you'd like to make your own but don't know where to start.

Step 1: Draw your critter on a sheet of paper.  Keep it simple.

Step 2: Cut out your pattern.

Step 3: Pin your pattern to your fabric.  I used a shirt that Oldest had outgrown and a t-shirt of mine that was all stained and no longer fit to wear.  If you use old shirts make sure to turn them inside out first.

Step 4: Cut out a heart.  I used an old pair of Oldest's corduroy's.   What can I say, I'm a make do with what you've got kind of person.

Step 5: Fold the square/squares (depending on how many critters you are making) in half and pin them in the middle.

Step 6: Cut out a half heart shape like you would if you were cutting folded paper.

Step 7: Admire your heart cutting handy work.

Step 8: Going back to your critter pattern you can either cut out around the template and then sew the two pieces of fabric, right sides together  OR you can simply sew around the templates without cutting them out first (again make sure that either your shirts are turned inside out OR that your fabric is right sides together).  Be sure to leave about a one inch opening either on the top or bottom of your critter for stuffing.

Step 9: If you sewed around your template then cut around your sewing line leaving about a 1/4 inch margin.  Then turn it right side out. 

Step 10: Stuff 'em and sew on the details.  If you are using them for decoration you may want to fill their bottoms with some poly beads so they stand up better.  I used buttons for the eyes because both of my older kids are past the age of trying to eat their stuffed animals.  If you make this for an infant or toddler (or any child or adult for that matter that is NOT past the stage of chewing their stuffed animals) then forget the button eyes and opt instead for pieces of felt cut to look like eyes and then sewn on OR safety eyes. 

Step 11: Admire your creative genius and then hand them over...or keep them if you decide to make them for yourself ;)


WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

You are so crafty!! When was young, my mother would give the dresses my sisters and I had outgrown to one of my grandmothers who would make dresses for our dolls with them. After we were 5 or 6 years old, the same grandmother taught us simple embroidery stitches by letting us decorate the doll dresses. It was such fun! I have a granddaughter due in September ...I hope to do the same with her someday.

The Craftivist said...

Thanks :)
Congratulations on the new grand daughter due! That's exciting news! Embroidery is something that I never fully got the hang of unfortunately. That's why their faces look a little goofy. Fortunately they goofy look gives them a bit of character I think, but if I had to sit down and stitch something beautiful with embroidery...yeah...not so much :P