Just in time for Easter, the finished sheep:
As for construction, I have to admit that I didn’t follow the directions precisely. I sewed the arms to the body first (the instructions call for hand tacking them to the body and I felt that sewing machine stitches would be stronger than my ladder stitching!). After turning the body right side out, I folded the raw edges to the inside, attached the legs and sewed, leaving an opening for stuffing. I sewed the opening closed by hand.
Overall, I’m very pleased with the way they turned out, let’s hope the kids feel the same way!
It looks a bit like I’ve replaced my sewing room for a slaughterhouse as there are sheep appendages everywhere.
Although this part of the pattern is straightforward, here’s a few suggestions to make arms and legs construction go a bit smoother:
If you have an open toeapplique foot, this is a good time to use it. Since your sewing on a line you traced from a template, it’s easier to see the hoof curves this way.
I found that using a turning tool helps flip the arms and legs right side out.
Stuffing is always a tedious process, long skinny arm and leg tubes make it even worse! Using a stuffing tool (even a chopstick would work) helps push the fiberfill into all the nooks and crannies and pack everything tight.
As much as I love plush, when I get started sewing my own, I always realize that I have so much respect for those who make and sell their own creations…. these things are so much work! Right now I feel like I’ve been spending lots of hours on these guys and have very little progress to show for it. Here’s what I have so far:
I made a bit of a modification to the instructions – the ears are supposed to be sewn onto the head after stuffing (hand tacked), however I thought that since one of these guys is going to Easton (who loves to chew on stuffed animals), machine sewing them during head construction might be a bit more stable (I will probably do the same with the arms when I get to those). I also omitted the eyes (felt circles) on both of these guys – I figured you’d never be able to see them with all those circles already on the fabric!
Well, there’s not much to really say about this jacket since it’s a carbon copy of the black minky version I made a few days ago (although it doesn’t look like a gorilla costume this time!).
Now it’s onto the sheep themselves. I’m on a countdown to Easter…. one week to go before these cuties have to be finished!
On a completely unrelated sewing note (although I suspect we’ll see a pattern for this someday soon), I stumbled the Peekaru website. It’s basically a vest designed for babywearing. While I’m sure it’s a great idea (I tried the whole sling thing with Easton and he didn’t want any part of it), I just can’t get past the fact that this woman and her baby look an awful lot like George & Kuato from Total Recall.
With everything cut out, I started sewing up a jumpsuit to put on a sheep – I started with the black first since it’s Easton’s and he won’t be pointing out any sewing errors for numerous years!
I think it looks a bit like a gorilla costume at the moment – although once it’s on the sheep I’m sure it will look more woolen. As for construction, it was a breeze. However, the trickiest part was the zipper. Between the small seam allowances (1/4″) and pile on the fabric, inserting the zipper was challenging. Once the zip was in, I found that a lot of the fur got in the way so I used a long machine stitch and topstitched close to the finished edge and then trimmed any super plush minky that was poking out.
One jumpsuit down, one to go!
As much as I would love to start on my Jalie Stretch Jeans pattern, I really need to set to work on Melly & Me‘s Black Sheep, White Sheep – Easter is just a few weeks away and I had planned on putting them into the kid’s baskets!
I decided to start with what I think will be the hardest part (and definitely the messiest) – the ‘woolen’ jackets. For this part of the sheep, I purchased a Super Plush Minky which is extremely soft, but sheds like mad. To control some of the mess, I had a procedure in place: cut the fabric, shake off any fluff immediately into trash, and serge (zigzaging would work too) all the raw edges. I think this will help control the sheding while sewing plus will finish off the edges on the inside since the jackets are removable.
One more thing about these jackets – I cut the fur with the nap going up. Yup, I went against the grain! I think this helps give them a more of a ‘woolen’ look