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« on: November 29, 2012 11:19:27 PM »

I'm fairly new to the sewing game and I have a stuffed Squirtle on my list of projects.  I was wondering what would be a good material to use for the shell, preferably something stiff like leather.  I was also wondering how to go about making the shell, would seam stitching each shell section work (like if I made a bunch of hexagon pieces) to make a dome shape?  Any comments would be much appreciated.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012 11:28:43 PM »

Some form of PVC or pleather would probably work fine for your shell while still being thin enough to comfortably sew. A nice thing about plastic-based fabrics is that they can be heated up and shaped, too, so you could just gently heat it (I've seen people use hot water or a blow dryer depending on the project) and use a bowl or other dome-shaped object to help shape it without needing to sew the shape.
It's been quite a while since I've worked with pleather, though, so anyone with more experience is welcome to correct any inaccuracies on my part. :3

Sewing individual shell shapes seems like a lot of work to me, but all the more power to you if you want to take that on. Personally, I would keep the shell in a single piece and topstitch or quilt the pattern onto it.
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012 02:33:14 AM »

Sewing individual shell shapes seems like a lot of work to me, but all the more power to you if you want to take that on. Personally, I would keep the shell in a single piece and topstitch or quilt the pattern onto it.

I agree with top stitching a pattern if using pleather etc.

If you decide to use cotton, or fleece, for a soft shell, you could english paper piece the shell. It is as much work as sewing the hexagon together in your suggestion, in my opinion.
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2012 09:15:45 AM »

I like the shell in this pattern: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388834.0
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2012 12:54:48 AM »

Some form of PVC or pleather would probably work fine for your shell while still being thin enough to comfortably sew. A nice thing about plastic-based fabrics is that they can be heated up and shaped, too, so you could just gently heat it (I've seen people use hot water or a blow dryer depending on the project) and use a bowl or other dome-shaped object to help shape it without needing to sew the shape.
It's been quite a while since I've worked with pleather, though, so anyone with more experience is welcome to correct any inaccuracies on my part. :3

Sewing individual shell shapes seems like a lot of work to me, but all the more power to you if you want to take that on. Personally, I would keep the shell in a single piece and topstitch or quilt the pattern onto it.

Thanks, I didn't even think about just stitching the pattern on top of a single piece.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2012 12:55:28 AM »


Thank you, that's an awesome pattern.  Grin
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