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noelle
« on: August 22, 2011 01:18:25 AM »

made this a couple years ago for a swap, but somehow forgot to post it.
he's almost life-sized.



turtle 'tocks



all the brown spots on top were fussy-cut and then fused into place.


TURTLE TUTORIAL:

Print the pattern out at whatever size you want. Add seam allowance. (Im doing a smaller version so I added )


Make sure to mark your darts and notches (black lines), and copy the quilting pattern onto the muslin shell piece. I like transfer paper for this, but you can also use pins or a lightbox.


Cut out your pieces.


Stitch your darts. On the head pieces, make sure to stitch around the corner to the notch, as shown. Clip diagonally to the notch.


Now sandwich some batting between the outer shell fabric and the muslin layer. A big rectangle will do. Safety pin together, matching centers and edges as best as you can (this is a little tricky since the pieces are curved).


Quilt on the machine, following the markings and unpinning as needed. Its best to start from the center and work your way out, so things dont bunch up and get wonky. I used a zigzag with the stitch length at around .5


Trim the batting, and attach the head to the shell along the top edge. Add eyes if you want (on the big version I used animal noses with glued-on fabric eyelids. French knots are probably fine for a small version like this). Set aside.


Attach legs to neck, side gussets and tail as shown (the leg notches go on the outside, away from the belly).


You should end up with this:


Sandwich together and stitch JUST THE LEGS. Turn the legs right-side out.


Pin the belly, matching notches to seams and stitch, leaving some space open near the neck for turning.


Now pin together the shell and underside, making sure the legs are inside and out of the way. Stitch.


Turn through the neck opening.


Stuff and stitch the neck closed by hand. (I seem to be out of stuffing, but you get the idea)


Voila! Tiny turtle-kins.
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011 01:38:22 AM »

*ADORE* him!  Super job!
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011 01:48:10 AM »

 Shocked he looks so professional! he's very cute, you used perfect fabrics  Cheesy what a lucky recipient! did you use a pattern or make it up yourself?
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011 02:27:26 AM »

That is so beautiful. You are very talented.
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011 08:42:13 AM »

The fabrics are gorgeous! Well done.
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2011 02:43:51 PM »

I love this!!!! Turtles are my favorite<3333!
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2011 03:33:52 PM »

He looks so real.  Roll Eyes  Great job!  Well done, is it your own pattern?
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011 03:56:28 PM »

He's really cute...reminds me of when I swam with the turtles in Hawaii. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2011 06:55:21 PM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011 07:25:40 PM »

MUST HAS TURTLE  - I so love him.
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2011 07:47:27 PM »

thanks, guys!
made my own pattern. i can post it if you want.
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2011 08:14:40 PM »

Amazing and so realistic looking!  I really love him, he does look just like the ones I saw in the ocean.  I know I'd love to see the pattern. And I am SERIOUSLY impressed with your fussy cutting and fusing all the brown spots! Beautiful, I'm sure your swap partner was thrilled! 
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2011 08:50:32 PM »

thanks, guys!
made my own pattern. i can post it if you want.

please! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2011 09:50:55 PM »

thanks, guys!
made my own pattern. i can post it if you want.

wow!  you'd post it?  I'd would love it!
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2011 12:10:26 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!  Add me to the turtle devotees who would love to try your pattern, too!
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2011 11:04:07 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!  Add me to the turtle devotees who would love to try your pattern, too!

Me too, I love this, gorgeous turtle Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2011 11:36:39 AM »

I LOVE sea turtles!  I LOVE your sea turtle!!!!  You did such a good job!  It looks so real!  I would LOVE and APPRECIATE it if you would post the pattern!  Thank you so much!
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2011 04:51:20 PM »

Wow, that looks store bought....great job! Adorable.
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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2011 07:42:17 PM »

so i looked up my pattern, and it's missing some notations..

i'll clean it up and post in a few days.
(or maybe i'll make a mini version & tutorial if i can't quite remember what i did anymore. hee  Smiley)
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2011 08:07:22 PM »

COOL!!!  I can't wait to make one!!!   Thank you!
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2011 11:27:48 PM »

so i looked up my pattern, and it's missing some notations..

i'll clean it up and post in a few days.
(or maybe i'll make a mini version & tutorial if i can't quite remember what i did anymore. hee  Smiley)

That would be great. Shocked
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« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2011 02:13:10 PM »

Aww, I <3 turtle:)
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That's gorgeous! Very professional looking. I'm impressed. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2011 05:30:03 PM »

He's beautiful!!!
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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2011 06:31:03 PM »

This is COMPLETELY amazing!  He/she really looks SO life-like!  I love turtles Smiley  It's nesting season here in FL, so when at the beach we have to be careful around protected areas.  I love the fabric used for the shell, that's my favorite part.  Great job!!
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« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2011 12:17:15 PM »

he/she looks awesome! Love the detail you put into it and the fabrics you picked really make the difference in realism. Great job!
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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2011 02:16:37 PM »

Perfect!  I collect turtles since my honey's nickname is turtle.
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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2011 06:23:02 PM »

So beautiful.  Cheesy love it <3
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« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2011 07:05:49 PM »

Oh wow!

That is gorgeous!
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« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2011 12:23:03 AM »

added the pattern/tutorial. honestly, i still feel like the pattern needs some more tweaking, but... it'll do.
i can't wait to see more turtles! Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: August 29, 2011 09:41:30 AM »

Thanks for posting the pattern/tutorial! As soon as I get ink in the printer, I'm going to make mine. How big is the little one you made?
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« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2011 07:51:54 AM »

Thanks for the tut!  I saved it, and can't wait to try it!
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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2011 08:10:33 PM »

How big is the little one you made?

the shell's about 8 inches long.
here's a pic for scale:

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« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2011 10:35:51 PM »

Thank you so much for posting the pattern and tutorial!  It may be a while before I can try my hand at it (really, really, really, need to finish a number of projects before I start something this involved), but once I do will add mine to what I'm sure will soon be a colony of glorious craftster turtles.
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« Reply #34 on: August 31, 2011 09:20:33 AM »

love the turtle and love the book!
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« Reply #35 on: August 31, 2011 08:18:53 PM »

Wow!  I might have to try to make one of these. Thanks for posting the pattern and tutorial!
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« Reply #36 on: September 03, 2011 09:07:18 AM »

so i looked up my pattern, and it's missing some notations..

i'll clean it up and post in a few days.
(or maybe i'll make a mini version & tutorial if i can't quite remember what i did anymore. hee  Smiley)

This is SOOOO CUUUUTE! I tried clicking the pattern link it got a red X. Just curious if you're still working on it or if my computer is being fussy!
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« Reply #37 on: September 03, 2011 11:07:00 AM »

I tried clicking the pattern link it got a red X.

hmm.. anyone else have trouble with the pattern?
(i tried signing out of photobucket and then clicking the link, and it still works for me...)
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Just worked fine for me.
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Man! It's still not working for me! I'll have my sister access it and mail it to me Cheesy Thanks, guys!
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« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2011 11:36:46 AM »

Man! It's still not working for me! I'll have my sister access it and mail it to me Cheesy Thanks, guys!

If you continue to have problems, pm me and I'll e-mail it to you.
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« Reply #41 on: May 06, 2012 07:25:46 AM »

Какая замечательная черепаха!!!
What a wonderful turtle!
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« Reply #42 on: May 09, 2012 09:03:53 PM »

спасибо!  Smiley
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« Reply #43 on: May 18, 2012 11:50:47 AM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #44 on: September 12, 2012 05:54:36 PM »

I just found your sea turtle pattern. He's wonderful, but I can't open the pattern file. I just get a red X.  Has the pattern been removed?
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« Reply #45 on: September 18, 2012 03:16:21 PM »

I just found your sea turtle pattern. He's wonderful, but I can't open the pattern file. I just get a red X.  Has the pattern been removed?

i haven't removed the pattern, but if you keep having trouble, send me a pm in a few days. i am in the process of moving cross-country and it will be a bit before i can look into it.
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« Reply #46 on: December 23, 2012 10:13:30 PM »

Nice work; good balance of realism and playfulness.
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This is perfect. I love turtles.
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