This is my first tutorial for my first stuffie, so please bear with me!
You will need:
black and white fleece cut as follows:
(4) 3" x 6" pieces of black fleece for the legs
(4) 1.75" x 2" oval pieces of black fleece for bottoms of feet
(4) 1.5" x 5" x 3" rainbow shaped pieces of black fleece for feet (refer to pics and explanation below supply list for info on making these)
(2) 5.5" x 6" oval pieces of white fleece for the body
(2) oval pieces of black fleece 4.5" long x 3.75" wide at widest point x 2" at narrowest point (refer to pics, just make an oval that's slightly fatter on the bottom for a cute fat nose) for the head
(2) .75" circlular pieces of white felt for the eyes
(2) 6/16" circular pieces of black felt for the pupils
(5) 3" long x 2" wide at widest x 1" wide at narrowest for ears, (4) in black fleece and (2) in white fleece for the tail (refer to pics, just make your best ear shape, it doesn't have to be exactly my measurements)
To make the pattern for the rainbow shapes:
1. measure a 5" x 2" rectangle on paper, cut it out and fold it in half lengthwise, making a crease
2. unfold and measure 1.5" from either side of the crease, marking either end
3. draw a straight line down from both of your 1.5" markers, now you have a 5" long paper rectangle with a 3" long rectangle drawn in the middle
4. hold your ruler with the end at one of the corners of the 3" rectangle you drew. rotate the ruler until the 1.5" marker on the ruler lines up with the edge of the paper, then draw a line along this angle. do this on both sides. these are the ends of your rainbow shape.
5. draw in the curves between the two ends you just defined, making sure the shape stays 1.5" wide throughout.
Good job cutting! Now let's make a sheep, already!
First we make the legs and feet:
1) Pin a rainbow shaped foot piece to a rectangular leg piece with "right" sides together and sew across
the "right" side should look like this:
2) Pin an oval foot bottom to a rainbow foot piece with right sides together and sew the bottom of the rainbow shaped piece all along the outside of the oval
you should end up with a nice little foot starting to show
3) Pin the open edges of the foot and leg right sides together and sew all the way up the leg
4) Congratulations, you have a leg! Now turn it right side out, stuff it, sew up the top and set it aside. Repeat with the other 3 legs.
Next we work the body!
Attach legs to one of the white oval body pieces.
1) Take one of the white oval body pieces and cut a couple of "X"s for the front legs. Make sure they are evenly spaced from the middle widthwise, a little bit to one end lenghtwise, and just large enough to fit the legs inside.
2) Push two of the legs into the holes, pushing in from the right side of the fabric so that the corners of the "X" cuts push onto the wrong side of the fabric. Pin these corners down to the top of the legs and sew the white fabric to the legs on either side. Make sure the seams up the back of the legs face backward (the side of the white oval the legs are furthest away from). Set aside.
1) Take the other white oval body piece and pin the two remaining legs onto one end of the second white body piece, making sure the legs are spaced equally from the center and the leg seams are placed against the right side of the white fabric. Sew across.
From the right side, it should look like this:
From the wrong side, it should look like this:
Now we put the body together!
1) Grab your back legs body piece and lay the back legs down across the wrong side of the body piece. Grab your front legs body piece and lay it wrong side up, with the legs facing toward the shorter end of your body piece (the top of the oval), like this:
2) Put the front legs piece on top of the back legs piece, like this:
3) Leaving the area where all the legs are sticking out untouched (you'll need room to turn him right side out), pin and then sew around the rest of the body, sewing the white pieces together.
One side will look like this:
The other side will look like this:
When you turn it right side out, you should have this:
Turn him back inside out and let's do the tail!
1) cut an x-shaped hole into the sheep's back, where you want the tail to go.
2) sew one of the tail pieces onto one side of this hole, with right sides together
sew the other tail piece onto the other side of the hole the same way
3) Pin the tail pieces right sides together and sew around them
4) Turn him right side out and push the tail right side out, and it should look like this:
5) Stuff the body till he's nice and fluffy and then sew the remaining opening closed.
Now for the head!
1) Sew the whites of the eyes onto one of the head pieces, then the pupils onto the whites
(ignore the ruler in this pic, I changed the size of his eyes later to the measurements given above)
2) Put the two head pieces right sides together, sandwiching the eyes between the two pieces. Determine where you'll put your ears (you want them pretty much lined up with the eyes. Cut a couple of notches into the head where you want the ears to be. This will make the top of the head more separate from the snout. See the notches in this pic:
Sew around the head, leaving the holes where the ears will be and a hole at the bottom for when you turn the head right side out
3) Attach the ear pieces to the ear holes you left in the head the same way you attached the tail pieces - with right sides together, doing one piece at a time.
4) Same as you did with the tail pieces, sew around the outside of the ear pieces, right sides together. Turn the head right side out and push the ears through.
5) Pinch the backs of his ears together to make a little ear fold in the front
Sew a line down the pinch in the back so the fold will stay put
6) Fill the head with stuffing till he reaches desired level of cuteness, then sew up the remaining opening.
7) Hand sew the back of the head onto the body, letting the nose overlap the chest.
YOU'RE DONE!!! AND YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB!!
Thanks for reading my tutorial, feedback is super welcome!! I'd love to see pics of your Shauns!