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Sariel
« on: December 09, 2006 08:55:11 AM »

Hi! I've recently decided to branch out from hand-sewing felt dolls to hand-sewing felt animals, but I've got a problem: it's REALLY HARD to find cute animal patterns for free, and I can't draw my own worth anything.  Sad

Does anyone have any recommendations for cute animal patterns, especially for deer/fawns, foxes, or cats? I really need free ones, or at least very cheap; I'm a college student, so I don't have that much money to burn. (In terms of style, my favorite animal plushies are the Japanese felt mascots, but anything cute would be great.)

Thank you very much!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006 11:14:31 PM »

i would do a search on these forums - there are tons and tons of super cute felt animal patterns floating around!  Lots of tutes and references to great patterns from japanese craft books.  My favorite is this one:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10382.0

good luck! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2006 06:20:50 AM »

I've been trying, but all I seem to find are finished dolls (which are adorable, but I'm bad at figuring out patterns based on just that), or references to books that I can't afford yet.  Sad Same with Googling for them.

Thank you very much for the link, though!  Cheesy Those are cute, and I'd love to try that pattern.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2006 01:58:12 PM »

Speaking from experience most japanese stuffies are just a front and pack piece the legs are each one peice and the head is two peices so you're still sewing in 2-d not 3-d.
If you have one you've seen apicture of and like most people here can probably sketch up a pattern pretty easily. Unless it's really complicated.
There's a link somwehere her with mascot patterns in a zip file. I made a pair of sheep from it and it was really easy.
I think it's here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=123552.0
IT's like the third post down. Some are jsut pictures but some are pictures with the pattern next to it. If you have one you like and can't figure out I"ll be glad to help out with it. Smiley
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Sariel
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2006 06:32:27 PM »

Oh, coolShocked Thank you so much for that link! (And for the information -- I knew that some mascots were just "flat", but I wasn't sure how many of the designs I was seeing were like that. So now I can dig up more of the pictures and try to pattern-ize them. Yay, projects for winter break!  Cheesy)

My favorites from the zip file all seem to have patterns with them, but if I get stuck on one, I'll probably take you up on the offer (or beg people on the forum for help again). *laughs* Thank you again! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2006 07:25:08 PM »

you are welcome. Another good palce to look is on e-bay. Some people take photo's or scans of the craft books and you can sort of figure out how to make the little stuffies. I do recoemend using a cheep cotton or buying wool felt for these guys though. I just made some with the craft felt that comes in pre-cut sheets and it's a bit hard to turn the small peices right side out.
Though if you "blow up" the pattern that shouldn't be a problem. Smiley
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Bond Girl
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2006 02:01:28 AM »

I dont know if they'll be what you're looking for exactly what you're looking for but I posted some links to the free patterns I've come across in this thread here, but I can repost them here Smiley

Scotty dog by allsorts, as seen in this thread
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minimoopy by Moopy + me.
Mouse pattern by Sewing Stars, which she also posted here in this thread.
Free patterns by Wee Wonderfuls.
I Love my Dog Torso (Japanese), as seen in this thread.

And remember most of these are meant for personal use only Wink 
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2006 07:09:37 AM »

Eliea: I did a little eBay searching, but that was before I realized the mascots were 2D. I'll have to do that again. Smiley

So far all I use is craft felt rectangles, and I've always been able to flip things, even with tiny openings and lots to get through. I think I'll be good, but if I have trouble, I'll look into higher-quality felt. Smiley



Bond Girl: I'd seen Sewing Stars' mouse before -- and printed it out; it's on my To-Do list once I beat this one fawn pattern I found into shape -- but not the rest. Smiley Thanks!

--oooh, the I Love My Dog one will be perfect for my cousin's birthday, if I can make it. Thank you so much!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2006 06:02:23 PM »

Bond Girl: I'd seen Sewing Stars' mouse before -- and printed it out; it's on my To-Do list once I beat this one fawn pattern I found into shape -- but not the rest. Smiley Thanks!

--oooh, the I Love My Dog one will be perfect for my cousin's birthday, if I can make it. Thank you so much!  Cheesy

Yeh Sewing Stars' mouse pattern is quite quick and easy and come out so cute! Cheesy  You can see the one I made in that thread I linked too Wink  Don't forget to add yours when you make it, cos I love seeing what everyone comes up with Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2006 06:23:28 AM »

Hee! I'll definitely have to, yeah. Smiley (I love yours, by the way. He's cute! Cheesy)
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