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« on: July 04, 2014 09:42:46 AM »

I am in the process of hand drawing out my current pattern for a little shoulder dragon that I plan on selling in an online shop/the local harvest festival/wherever but the back feet are giving me a headache. I am using a soft minky/velour fabric so the seams can be seen. I usually am drafting patterns for teddy bears but this dragon idea has been stuck in my head and I really want to make it work!

I have looked around for what others have done for back feet but most end up making a simple foot that looks like a dog foot. I want me some toes on my beastie! I don't want it to be a two piece pattern with a seam going down the middle halves of the foot.

I have a V cut running from the heel to about middle of the foot with the two halves of the leg/ankle being sewn to the V cut right now but I can see trying to sew this tiny little ankle is going to be a pain in the neck. (I really hope this makes sense, I'll attach a picture of the pattern as it sits right now) I haven't added the 1/4 seam allowance yet either.


This is the prototype wing to show what the seams look like with the fabric and why I don't want one running down the center of the foot. Please excuse the messy decorative running stitches in the middle of the wing, they were made before I got my hands on an open toe foot for my machine.


If you guys have any ideas of how to make a dragon foot look like a whole dragon foot and not one that's been hacked into parts?
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2014 09:52:21 AM »

I for one, think your dragon foot pattern looks fine.  Maybe sew some chenille stems into the foot, to get the dragon toes look, you're looking for.  If you're still not happy w/the way your dragon feet look, you could always sculpt feet.  Personally, I think that would look pretty epic!  Your dragon wings look pretty good.  Sorry if that wasn't much help.  Just throwing my 2 cents in.
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2014 10:01:48 AM »

Oh that's the plan with the stems...I cleared the local craft store out of their larger ones for the wings and the smaller ones for the toes and the little fingers that will be on the finished wing. I want the toes to bend to be able to cling to a t-shirt/collar. I bought some of the beading wire but man that stuff gets really over worked fast, where as the stems just keep on trucking, so those are going to be the inner armature.

I thought about sculpting but it would add so much weight and I am trying to keep it down to a minimum as it will be sitting on someone's shoulder. Don't want to be the cause of someone having to go to the chiropractor Smiley

Thanks for the advice, I am always fretting over pattern pieces and this dragon is the smallest thing with the most pieces I have tried to make myself. Seems I am going in the right direction, pattern wise then...I hope.

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014 10:13:43 AM »

Since you are putting the chenille stems in the feet, I think you will get the "dragon feet look" you are going for.  If you're sewing around the chenille stems after they're inserted, that will give you the look of individual, skinny toes, like dragon's have.  Like a bird's toes and feet.  I like that you are also putting chenille stems in the wings.  That will give the wings the look of "veins".  Also making them posable, which is pretty wicked.  I don't think wire in a plush is such a great idea.  I like chenille stems, because they are soft, yet posable.  You don't have to worry about getting poked either.  They aren't heavy either.  I have some chenille stems I would be willing trade you, if you're interested.  PM me if you're interested in a trade. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2014 10:15:06 AM »

Maybe, possibly put velcro on the bottom of the feet to keep the dragon on the shoulder?  Just a thought.
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014 03:20:17 PM »

I'm in same spot and have been hoping for a comeback from rabiddragons on progress.
Pending that, my 2c X5:
[I've tried nos. 1,2 far enough to decide to move on, bought poly clay].
1. cloth-use something stretchy like T-shirt material, but lots of tiny stitches and there's the turnout and stuffing issue.
2. Leather-moldable, light, still needs wire for claws, lots of tiny stitches and unless u want stitches to show there's even more of the turnout issue.
3. wood-use brass or balsa wood, light, carvable, needs attaching, tiny pieces of wood and really sharp knives.  
4. Poly clay-moldable,  different colors, paintable, no flex, needs attaching, heavy? [suggestion is put in foil tube to make lighter.]  Think reason it's go to answer is ease of use.
5. Thermoplastic as shell-moldable, paintable, little flex, could possibly sew, light, need heat gun and tiny tools to work, prob smells like hot plastic while doing.

Having made my poly feet, I love that u can just slice apart and change everything as long as it's not baked. Think if I wanted really light I'd find piece of balsa, brass or cedar and temp. attach it to a board to carve.
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2014 08:11:52 PM »

I see that you started this project last summer, so hopefully I'm not too late to contribute. I made a dragon pincushion a gazillion years ago. He's been my sewing companion since the early 1990's at least. Here are pics, just in case you're still interested:

Now I'll post close-ups of his feet. Hopefully this inspires you (or someone else on Craftster):

The ribbing across his big back feet is embroidered on the cotton/polyester fabric. However if you wanted feet you could shape and manipulate, you could exchange the ribbing for sew-on pipe cleaners (chenille stems). Another way to make the foot base more sturdy is to use felted wool or foam.

Here's what my little dragon pincushion's front paws look like:

Palm of paw:

Back of paw:

Bottom of back foot:

Top of back foot:

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