This is my fourth and last post dedicated to handsewing with felt. We will revisit this idea from time to time and if you have a project in mind using felt please let me know.
Today we’re making new friends or plushies! These can look like anything you can imagine and are SO fun to make because there’s no wrong way to do it. I was getting frustrated when I first tried these because I wanted them to look realistic and they didn’t. Once I realized that these dolls are way cooler when they’re more abstract I had so much fun making them.
The materials you need for this project are
Needle and thread (embroidery thread or perle cotton thread give you the nicest features)
buttons or beads for eyes and nose (or not if you would rather embroider on the features)
stuffing (if you don’t have stuffing you can use little scraps of cloth, or bean bag filling, whatever you have on hand)
Draw out your friends shape on the felt. The simpler the design the better.
pin the felt to a second piece on the back and cut out carefully
Now if you don’t want to see the pencil/pen marks you can flip the pieces over to hide the marks on the inside of your project. I forgot to do that but they don’t bother me much so it’s no big deal.
Now it’s time to put the facial features on. Separate the two layers and sew the features on the front side only. You can sew buttons for eyes, a bead or button for a nose, and even embroider on clothes. I think I’m going to make some felt clothes later for my friend to wear.
Once you have your features complete it’s time to sew your friend together. Start in a place where you can leave a gap to stuff your friend once you get almost all the way around. You want kind of a smooth spot for stuffing. It’s hard to stuff and then sew up an area with a bunch of turns in it. (like legs or arms)
Insert your needle in between the layers so that the knot will be hidden on the inside.
(note from my mom- “sewing together with your child gives you both some wonderful opportunities to open up a dialogue. When the hand and mind are both working together the conversation starts flowing in a really organic way. I find the time when we’re handsewing together to be a great time to talk about our feelings and issues that may have come up recently. Give it a try next time you want to have a talk but need to “set the mood” for discussion!”)
alright- mom’s done talking, back to the project.
Time to stuff this guy!
Use a pencil or chopstick to get the stuffing into small spaces like arms, legs, head etc..
Once you get your friend stuffed then stitch it closed, tie it off and clip the remaining thread.
Time to play!!!!
Having fun with my friend and my mom’s little guy.
As always I want to see your work too! Please send me a picture of your creation and I”ll add it to my Creation Gallery.
Thanks for reading and Happy Sewing!