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Kitty Ballistic
« on: August 17, 2008 11:27:20 AM »

Hi there,

I had a commission from a friend to make a strawberry from felt, and I didn't put a mouth on it, only eyes (what can I say, I like the expression of staring felt items  Grin). Anyway, my friend has seen the item and loves it except...she'd like it to have a mouth. It's all sewn up - is there a neat, easy way to add an embroidered mouth now?  Undecided

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Kitty Ballistic
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008 11:12:45 AM »

No-one? *weeps*

Would it help if I posted a picture of the item in question?

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008 11:59:55 AM »

i don't know about embroidery - but i still think this is adorable and i like it with just the eyes! strawberries are fun.
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008 12:06:33 PM »

I knew it! I knew if I posted a pic, someone would reply.  Wink I like the mouthless look too, but it's a commission, so I have to do as I'm told.   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2008 12:08:11 PM »

You could always make a felt mouth, and whip stitch around it. That way you could hide the start and end knots under the felt. Sorry if this doesn't help much. Cute plushie! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2008 12:31:36 PM »

Ooh, that might work - I was too focussed on embroidering a mouth on. I could do a little pink pout for her.  Cheesy Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2008 05:07:58 PM »

This might not be the 'right' way, but you could also start the needle under the green top, and then poke it through to where the mouth is.  Then embroider, and bring the end back up under the green. 

You can also do this with seams as well.  If you pull the thread tight as you are exiting the fabric, then clip close to the fabric, it'll disappear into the plushie.  The stuffing works to hold the thread in place nicely.  My dad taught me that trick :-)
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008 03:01:30 AM »

Wow! Your stitching is fantastically neat!

Embroidery's pretty easy to do once things are sewn up. You can worm the needle and thread, and knot, through one of the side seams [A good way to make sure it goes through, and doesn't catch on the fabric is to poke the needle through backwards. But with something that small, it might take a little while to work the needle around inside it to get it poking out the right place. If you stitch back through the previous stitch, you can keep them fairly loose [ie, won't pull the fabric], but stop it from pulling and making the thread loose.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2008 11:35:54 AM »

Wow! Your stitching is fantastically neat!
Thank you! I've had a few people comment on that recently, it never looks quite neat enough to me.

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Embroidery's pretty easy to do once things are sewn up. You can worm the needle and thread, and knot, through one of the side seams [A good way to make sure it goes through, and doesn't catch on the fabric is to poke the needle through backwards. But with something that small, it might take a little while to work the needle around inside it to get it poking out the right place. If you stitch back through the previous stitch, you can keep them fairly loose [ie, won't pull the fabric], but stop it from pulling and making the thread loose.
I think I understand what you mean *squinting and sticking her tongue out while she pictures it* I will give your ideas a go. Thanks, everyone.
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2008 06:35:10 PM »

Not sure if it's a look you'd be going for...but what if you start from the outside, keeping the knot exposed and the did running stitch or one tight one to pull it in & finish with another know exposed on the opposite end? It'd be like dimples or cheeks.

btw - adorable little guy! I like the staring too
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