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Topic: Patterns + Tutorials from My Grandma - Stuffed Animals and Ragdolls  (Read 47872 times)
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« on: September 12, 2006 10:22:53 AM »

I've got an exercise book my grandma filled with crafty ideas from old magazines (60's, 70's, I guess). There are many nice patterns for stuffed animals, and also for two ragdolls. Because all the patterns are so old, I thought I could share them with you. I haven't made any of them yet, but I think my grandma or my mum did make some of them. The best thing on most of them is, that they are drawn into a grid of squares, so you can magnify them to any size you prefer.

Dog:
See pattern here http://img73.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0004kopiehj3.jpg
It's probably meant as a pillow.
This pattern is nice, but it seems not to be drawn perfectly. But it's very simple and I believe you are able to figure it out yourselves. The colours and texture of the example are lovely!
Don't stuff the paws (at least they recommend it there). The longer wedge is bottom part of body and the shorter one belongs under the tail.

Horse and elephant:
See pattern here http://img50.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0005axr1.jpg
This pattern also isn't so perfect, because you have to figure out some things yourselves again... but the horse is nice.
Horse: Nr.4 is forehead, nr.3 is ear. You must add mane created by yourselves.
Elephant: Nr.2 seems to be ear. Nr.3 is long strip of fabric, length depends on size of the rest = figure it out yourselves... its width is said to be twice as much as the width of the legs on the pattern. You also have to add tail (there is a point on the pattern where it should be attached).

Little calf:
See pattern here http://img81.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0005but3.jpg
This seems to be more complicated, but also much more effective.
Head: At first sew all pieces of the front part together, than sew together with the back part. Sew at underside, of course, leave a hole at the neck, then turn to frontside, stuff it and attach eyes, ears, nose (stuffed) and hair (but you can eventually make it without the hair, of course). Hair should be made from a fabric with longer hair than the rest to look nice. Or do it somehow else, if you have other experiences. Wink
Body: Add hind and front leg to both side parts of body. Then add belly, start from neck and the point at belly piece. Leave the neck unsewn to turn it to frontside. The legs must be stuffed very tightly to carry the weight of the toy. You can put wire into the tail to make it bendable. Add something like a tassel to the end of the tail, so it looks like real calf's tail.
And sew head and body together.

Ape Nr.1:
See pattern here http://img263.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0006xh3.jpg
Legs are meant to be folded in the middle. Start sewing them at the point. Leave a hole, turn to frontside, stuff.
Paws are made of two parts, upper from the same fabric as the leg, bottom from a different one (or experiment with it anyway you want. Wink). Don't forget that left and right paws differ! Big toes point to each other.
Tail can have a wire inside.
Head has two main parts and some others, that can be made from different fabric (= the same as bottom of feet). Nose is a circle that you oversew on the edge and shrink into a ball you stuff. Embroider a snout and mouth. Face is sewn onto the front part of head.
I skipped the more obvious parts.
Sew all parts together.

Ape Nr.2
See pattern here http://img109.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0007atm0.jpg
Legs are again meant to be folded in the middle.
Paws should be a little bit stuffed and then quilted to create the fingers and toes.
Tail is also folded and a wire is put into it.
Front part of body consists of two parts you have to sew together before you sew the whole body. The same is also to be done with the front part of head.
Nose is created same way as in the previous pattern.
Attach nose, eyes and mouth. Sew all parts together.

Giraffe
See pattern here http://img238.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0007bfa9.jpg
This seems again quite simple.
Pay attention to keep the right angle of the neck. You must add mane, tail and horns (created from wire, probably).

Hare/Rabbit
See pattern here http://img150.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0008fk0.jpg
Don't forget to sew paws into hind legs before you sew the whole body (or maybe leave hole there and sew it after it? I'm not familiar to such things and they don't write it there... Undecided)
Tail should be, of course, white, and a bit stuffed.
Back side of head is sewn to the head parts (sewn with cheeks before) starting at "x" signs. At "II" sign insert and sew ears.
Embroider nose and eyes (they recommend buttons with white felt for it - make it as you want). You can add whiskers made of fishing line.

Elephant
See pattern here http://img178.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0009eb5.jpg
Head consists of two pieces that look the same, but are mirrored, of course. Wink
You must sew the feet into the legs again. The legs/feet also have a border - you can see it on the photo at the pattern.
Back side of head (actually not exactly back... all right) is sewn to the head, starting at points.
Ears are also mirrored. Wink They consist of two parts of different colour.
Sew all parts together.

Lion
See pattern here http://img61.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0010zv6.jpg
This is my personal favourite. We have a very similar one at home.
Sewing paws into legs again. Stuff the legs tightly, to prevent falling of the lion.
Put wire into the tail. There is a ball that belongs to the end of the tail, as the typical ending of lion's tail.
The two parts of nose should be sewn together at the longer bow. Then add forehead to one of the two parts. Sign "x" on mane belongs to the same sign on forehead. Start with single parts of the mane and sew them together after sewing them to forehead. The back side of mane should be at first sewn at the wedge and then attached to the rest of head, starting at points. Then are both parts sewn together. After turning the whole head to frontside and stuffing it, attach eyes and ears and embroider the snout.
Sew all parts together.

Haha, I feel I'm always writing the same...

Ostrich
See pattern here http://img75.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0011yk1.jpg
Both body and head are circles to be shrinked into a ball.
Legs are cylindric, well stuffed. Feet must be made of something stiff (= two layers of felt), to carry the whole bird.
Neck consists of two mirrored parts. Stuff it tightly, so it can carry the weight of the head.
Add stuffed beak to the head. You can sew two nostrils onto it.
Tail is a strip of fabric with long hair.

Dachshund
See pattern here http://img166.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0012asj5.jpg
All parts except tail and back side of head are there twice, mirrored.
There should be a point sign at the pattern to show where to start attaching back side of head to the head parts, but it's missing... I think you should start at the snout and at one of the points of the back side.

Hedgehog
See pattern here http://img157.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0012bfx9.jpg
After all those tutorials I have written here I think it's really useless to write it all again... you can see how it works. OK? OK.

Ragdolls Nr.1
See pattern here http://img168.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0003apo4.jpg
I've just realised, that they didn't include the head... it's again shrinked circle. With the measures used there it has diameter of 12 cm. Arms and legs have a carton inside to be more stiff.

Ragdoll Nr.2
See the pattern here http://img171.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sejmout0003bly8.jpg
The upper part of legs creates body as well - sew them together at the upper part and then oversew it where the line is.

So that's all. I don't have anything else... though maybe I have something in my own old-but-not-so-old magazines...


EDIT 24/11/06: If you had made some of them and would like to share them, do it here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134363.msg1315791#msg1315791
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2006 10:48:41 AM »

Hey, this stuff is really cool! Vintage patterns are always so pretty. I might try out the doggy if I ever get some nice fabric. It's adorable. Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006 10:54:27 AM »

Hey, this stuff is really cool! Vintage patterns are always so pretty. I might try out the doggy if I ever get some nice fabric. It's adorable. Thanks for posting!

You're welcome! I'd seen here many desperate craftsters asking for patterns, so I thought I had to share these wonderful treasures.
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006 01:46:02 PM »

Hey, this stuff is really cool! Vintage patterns are always so pretty. I might try out the doggy if I ever get some nice fabric. It's adorable. Thanks for posting!

You're welcome! I'd seen here many desperate craftsters asking for patterns, so I thought I had to share these wonderful treasures.
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2006 02:11:01 PM »

Those are awesome! Thank you for sharing them. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006 06:19:46 PM »

Thanks so much for these, I love vintage patterns!
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2006 08:29:48 PM »

THey're wonderful, thanks so much Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2006 05:05:42 PM »

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2006 07:11:55 PM »

 THANK YOU  WHAT A SWEET PERSON YOU ARE TO SHARE THESE . I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO TRY APE #1,THANKS AGAIN!
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2006 03:50:28 PM »

Oh how cute are these.....just happened over to see what patterns were online and saw these vintage ones.  Oh please, if you have others, don't hesitate to share, LOL.  I think alot of us feel that way.....huggles for sharing.  Terri (mustang7)   Wink
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