I've finally figured out how to thread the yarn through my mom's sewing machine...
this is the first project I finished.
I found this cute pattern in a German parents' magazine, Eltern. The instructions (in German, of course:-)) can be found here: http://www.eltern.de/familie_erziehung/familienleben/basteln_ostern05.html
And here's my version:
The fabric is printed with tiny multi-color strawberries, the picture doesn't really show.
I'm so proud of this one and even when I finished the whole thing, I couln't believe I made this! *beam with pride*
Okay, I just translated the tutorial, here it is- ask me if anything is unclear!
100 x 160 centimeters of fabric for the pillow case itself
50 x 140 cms of white plush fabric (I needed much less!)
embroidering yarn scraps in pink and light blue for the sheep's eyes, nose and mouth
stuffing for head, legs and tail
a pillow size 80 x 80 cm
a white zipper, 70 cm
1 square measuring 72 x 72 cms
2 rectangles measuring 37 x 72 cms each
2 ear pieces
1 tail piece (with one extra cm for the seams!)
from plush fabric:
4 legs, 20cm long and 25 cm wide
1 tail piece,
2 ear pieces,
2 head pieces
don't forget to include an extra cm for the seams on each piece!
Now sew the edges of the fabric for the pillow case and sew in zipper between the two
long sides of the rectangles so you end up with a piece measuring 72x72 cm with a zipper in the middle.
Then pin the two squares together which will become the sheep's body, right sides facing. Later on, you'll need to insert the limbs and head into the sides according to the picture.
Sew all the legs' sides and soles (plushy sides facing), turn inside out, fill with stuffing and sew the opening with a zigzag stitch.
For the ears, sew together one piece of plush and one piece of fabric each, right sides facing
For the tail, sew together the piece of plush and fabric,
Sew the head pieces right sides facing.
Turn all the sewn pieces inside out, fill them, sew the openings with a zigzag stitch.
Sew the ears onto the head, slightly ruffled if you can (I just sewed them on straight)
Embroider the head with light blue eyes and pink nose and mouth.
Insert the finished pieces into the pillow case according to the picture, so all the limbs and the head are on the inside of the 2 squares of fabric (which are right sides facing).
Pin everything together again and then sew all around.
Open the zipper, turn pillow case inside out and insert pillow.
Of course you can just adapt the sizes to smaller pillows. They actually sell those kinds of sheep pillows in super fancy baby stores here. They sell for about 25 Euros *gasp*!!