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VoodooToaster
« on: May 24, 2004 02:18:26 PM »

I want to make this:

http://www.aardvarktozebra.com/aardvark.html

Trouble is, I have no sewing experience and no sewing machine.  Could I make something like this by hand, and if so, what kind of stitching would I use?  I apologize if this is in the wrong forum, I hope someone can help me out!
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VoodooToaster
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2004 07:33:37 AM »

I'm sure someone here can answer this simple sewing question!  Please, help me girls!  =)
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2004 09:07:15 AM »

You can always sew anything by hand.  A shaped stuffed toy isn't the easiest thing for a very first project, but the aardvark looks like it wouldn't be the most difficult, either.  Just bear in mind that although it says there are only six pattern pieces, that doesn't mean there will only be six pieces to be sewn (for example, one pattern piece for ears = four pieces of fabric).  I say get the pattern, but before you try to make it experiment and hone some sewing skills first.

A simple running stitch is the basis for just about anything you'll make and is all you'll need to be able to do in order to make the aardvark.  Get yourself some fabric and practice: up through two pieces and down again, up and down, up and down.  Start with your stitches maybe half an inch long and as you get comfortable make them smaller.

Here's an easy first project that can help you with some basic skills (I don't have the computer tools to make a diagram or a digital camera to post  pictures right away, so if you have any questions about the following directions, just let me know):

Most fabric stores now seem to carry pre-cut squares for quilt makers.  Buy two pieces (or more, in multiples of two) that are the same or coordinated and some batting (you won't need much for this little project and you'll probably have to buy a biggish bag, but you'll able to use it to stuff the aardvark as well).  With a pencil, draw a line half an inch in parallel to each side on the back side of one piece; this will be your seam line.  Place two pieces together, with the "good" facing each other and the piece with your seam line on the bottom.  Cut a piece of batting just a smidge smaller and place it on top.  Pin the three layers together, placing the pins around the four sides so that they cross the seam line at a right angle (i.e., cross-ways).  Now youre going to sew up the seams, but you need to leave maybe two inches un-sewn.  Start sewing just off the center of one side (i.e., dont start at a corner, but about an inch off the middle).  When you get to the corner where your pencil lines cross, turn and sew up the next side---dont sew all the way to the end of that first side.  Repeat until you are back at the first side, stop stitching a couple of inches from where you started, and knot the thread.  Now, trim each corner at a cross angle (really wish I could put in pictures) as close to your sewn corner as you can without cutting the thread.  This is so that when you turn the whole thing inside out (which is the next step), the resulting corners wont be too lumpy.  OK, so now turn the whole thing inside out, pushing and pulling it through that opening you left in the seam.  Youll want to use a chopstick or something like that to poke the corners into submission.  The last step is to tuck in the seam at the opening and close it with a slip stitch.  Ta-da!  Youve just made a coaster for your coffee mug!

Despite the length of my directions, this really is an easy project and I think a good way to develop most of the basic skills and knowledge youll need for a more complicated project.  Im sure there are plenty of websites that can give you visuals of all this information.

Good luck---and if you decide to make the aardvark, be sure to post pictures!
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VoodooToaster
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2004 09:08:38 AM »

Thanks for your help!
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