I hope you're having a fantastic week so far. I'm so excited to reintroduce you to one of my favorite people in the entire world. My good friend Carol is sharing her crafty talents with us yet again! If you missed her post the first time around you can view it here! And be sure to stop by her awesome website, here. My favorite is her fancy lady series. Also, if you scroll down on the right you'll notice a CaroDraws button, that links you directly to her site. Hey-O! I am very honored to be able to contribute to Melissa's craft-tastic blog again. Before jumping right into things i'd just like to take a quick moment for a tip. Before tackling any project it's a great idea to research AND practice. Here is a great reason why. When I was in junior high I took a sewing class as an elective. I made a plush toy and remember it being very easy. In theory it is. However, just because I used a sewing machine a couple times (17!!) years ago doesn't mean I am by any means still proficient with a sewing machine. Initially, I was planning on making Lumpy Space princess from Adventure Time.
For your laughing enjoyment, here is how she turned out.
Not only did I jam the sewing machine up 4 times (which my handsome fiance helped untangle me out of) but I probably couldn't have picked a trickier shape to tackle right off the bat. After I got all the laughter out of my system I took a deep breath and decided to take a step back. I chose a new project and one that I could make entirely by hand.
I found a very cute design in Mollie Makes magazine by Diana Stainton (www.pygmycloud.com). Not only are a lot of my friend's kids entering their dinosaur phase, personally, i've never grown out of mine so I felt this Stegosaurus was appropriate. First I sketched out the dinosaurs body and plates and then proceeded to cut them out of green felt and a light brown felt.
A great thing about this project is the amount of leeway for personal creativity. You can make it larger for a big pillow or change the color to something more psychadelic. Next, I sewed two differently shaped white buttons on for eyeballs and a strip of black felt for the mouth.
I used a running stitch on the mouth. Now's the time for any other details or flourishes you'd like to add on the top layer, for example, the brown scale-like stitchings shown here.
Now is the time for some extra fun stitching. I had to look around online to learn how to do a Blanket stitch and now i'm in love with it. (Google: quickest way to learn if you don't know how). You're going to use a Blanket stitch as a decorative border and as a way to attach the front of the dinosaur to the back. Once you get to the plates, the article suggested switching back to a Running stitch and then continuing with the Blanket stitch. You'll want to leave about a 4" gap to give yourself a spot to insert the stuffing. (I chose his butt area, of course). I got a nice big bag of Polyfill stuffing at Joanns on sale.
Here is Clive the Stegosaur awaiting his Polyfill enhancement procedure.
After you insert the stuffing all you have to do is finish stitching him up. You'll want to do your best to keep your stitches tight and as even as you can get them to ensure his stuffing innards don't pop out. However, if they're a bit uneven it just adds to the homemade charm.....at least that's what I keep telling myself.
And he's ready for some lounging on your couch or bed or for some adventure time with your little dinosaur lover.