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« on: March 06, 2006 03:43:49 PM »

I made this in about 2-2 1/2 hours for my friend amanda (you may know her as seika). It's her birthday today Cheesy. I totally made up the pattern, and it seemed to work pretty well, i could make a little tut if anybody wants one. he (or perhaps she) is completely handsewn as well. the colours are also much brighter and happier in person. anyways, enough talking...

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hanging out with my dog, aaron...


lookin' whaley on the tiles...


thanks for looking! comments would be awesome. happy birthday, mandabear!  Grin

EDIT: I made a sorta-half tutorial! It should be fairly clear, I'm sure you guys can figure it out...


1: draw out your whale shape and a tail shape too. when you cut it out, remember to leave about a centimetre for seam allowance.



2: get a piece of string or yarn and measure around the whale shape (not including seam allowance)


3: now get some paper long enough for the string (mine was two pages long) and tape them together.


4: draw out sort of a canoe shape (wide in the middle and tapered at both ends). you can also just draw 1/4 of it and fold the paper twice and cut on that line, making it symmetrical (if you know what i mean).


5: cut that out (remembering seam allowance). now you have all the pattern pieces.



6: pin and cut them out. you need: 2 whale pieces, 2 tail pieces, and 1 of them long pieces. This is also the time to add any eyes or embellishments.


(Sorry! this might be where it gets a little confusing! Hope it's enough!)
7: Sew the long piece around the perimeter of one of the whale shapes. Start sewing at the pointy tail end. If you find that your long piece is a little bit too long when you get back to the pointy tail end, just trim it.


8: Now sew each tail piece to each end of the long piece (which are now right next to each other. Then sew them to each other (inside out, of course). It's also helpful to stuff the tail now, it will be hard to get to once the rest of the whale is sewn together.


9: This is pretty much the same step as 7. Add the second whale shaped piece and again, sew the long piece around the perimeter. However, you'll have to leave about a 2 inch hole for stuffing.

10: Stuff it up, whipstitch the opening closed and introduce yourself Tongue

*If there are any questions, I'm happy to help*

Enjoy Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006 03:54:07 PM »

"looking whaley on the tiles..."  haha, great phrasing
i think he looks supurb, and your friend is rather lucky!!
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2006 03:58:33 PM »

"looking whaley on the tiles..."  haha, great phrasing
i think he looks supurb, and your friend is rather lucky!!

haha, thanks Smiley

yay for such fast replies  Cheesy

it's amazing!!!! could you please make a tutorial??

thank you so much! i'll try to get started on one soon if enough people are interested... it sure was alot of work!
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2006 03:59:08 PM »

that is so super cute! i'd like a tutorial, if possible.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2006 04:07:09 PM »

Adorable.  I love the way the tail looks, and the button eyes!
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2006 04:23:30 PM »

aww that is so cute. I love the polka dots!
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2006 07:58:32 PM »

hes adorable!
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2006 08:03:58 PM »

That is sOOO CUTE! I absolutely love the polka dots, and you handsewed it?!  Shocked Amazing. If you could, a tut please! That is so adorable!
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2006 08:40:20 PM »

I love how it's rectangular! Looks very squeezable, I want one! Good job and happy birthday to your friend.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2006 08:47:44 PM »

CUTE!  Cheesy  I love it!
I am wanting one so bad!  If you make a tutorial, I will surely make one!

Great job!!!
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2006 11:46:18 AM »

thats really cute!!! love! i've had an obsession of wales and apples lately! hahhaa
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2006 02:14:23 PM »

That is unbelievable adorable! And it was sewn by HAND, I wish I had your patience. Great Job, I am sure anyone would love this for their birthday!
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2006 05:08:52 PM »

Wow, thanks everybody!

I love how it's rectangular! Looks very squeezable, I want one! Good job and happy birthday to your friend.

haha its very squeezable indeed. I gave it to her today, and everyone just kept on squeezing it... how peculiar

and as for the tute, i'll get started asap!  Smiley

Thanks again  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2006 01:41:00 PM »

very sweet.  what an awesome friend you are.  can hardly wait to see your tutorial.  I want to make this for my baby.
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2006 01:45:38 PM »

that is way adorable. i want to make one for me and one for a friend of mine! please put up a tutorial?
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« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2006 02:53:50 PM »

Alright, the tute is up! Hope it's understandable  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2006 06:08:49 PM »

That is so cute!  I love his square-ness Smiley
Thanks for the tute too Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2006 06:10:20 PM »

OH i want it! how cute!

im in love with whales,
so ill be making one of these =]

thanks so much for the tut
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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2007 07:20:23 PM »

adorable! sooo cute!! love
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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2007 06:29:44 PM »

;o! I gasped on seeing this! I adore whales. I certainly adore this whale. It's amazinggg, such a good job. I think the fabric is lovley and the button eye is such a nice touch. Good job!

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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2007 09:14:54 PM »

This is a great tute.  I'm going to make a whale for my daughter...she'll love it.

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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2007 05:09:26 PM »

totally random and totally cute! Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2007 04:59:23 AM »

Cute! And your turtle pincushion is pretty awesome too. Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2007 08:22:55 PM »

Must...make...whale....

That is just cutest thing! I need time for sewing. Too much school or work now.
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2007 01:32:40 AM »



 Here's my version of your whale!  It kinda looks like a fish, but I like it.  I also added a felt sea-shell for a girly touch.  Thanks for the tutorial! Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2007 04:03:11 PM »

Thanks for the tut ! Your whale is SO awesome !  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2007 05:27:39 PM »

soooo cute! im going to make a mini-version army!!!
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« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2007 07:09:48 PM »

cute little whale! i love the fabric, and thanks for giving the tute!
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« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2007 07:52:28 AM »

Here's my version of your whale!  It kinda looks like a fish, but I like it.  I also added a felt sea-shell for a girly touch.  Thanks for the tutorial! Cheesy

aww i love it! awesome fabric & the sea shell is really cute.

thanks everyone for your kind comments too Smiley glad you like it.
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« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2007 01:13:19 AM »

Uber cute! Great job. Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #30 on: July 23, 2007 01:57:14 AM »

Sooo cute!

Did you make your pin cushion???!?  I love it Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: July 28, 2007 03:19:58 PM »

Sooo cute!

Did you make your pin cushion???!?  I love it Smiley

haha the pin cushion is a little floaty turtle that youre supposed to play with in the pool... but i decided to stick pins in him instead. Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2007 09:21:26 PM »

Cute! I love how plump and cuddly it looks!!
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« Reply #33 on: August 01, 2007 10:39:27 AM »

I love your whale!  Whales are my favorite...

I have made a few of these (thanks for the instructions!) and i found out that the reason the canoe-shape is always a bit too long is because the perimeter of the whale needs to be the curved perimeter of the outside of the canoe, not the straight line of the center of the canoe.  Just a tip for anyone else like me who had to have thier own, and thanks again for the awesome whaleness =]
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« Reply #34 on: August 01, 2007 12:34:20 PM »

Very AWESOME!!!! polk dotted whale!  Love the tutorial!  I think I can make him too!  My girls love him!  Thank you!
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whales and polka dots. perfect.
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« Reply #36 on: December 19, 2007 05:15:28 PM »

im def going to try this its so cute and i have a friend who would love one! thanks sooo much for the tutorial!
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« Reply #37 on: December 19, 2007 09:27:55 PM »

Thanks for the tut.  It was super easy!  I made mine about 3 inches tall and 6 inches long.  She's made of pink flannel with stars and has pink button eyes.  She also has a little bean bag inside her so she has a little weight.

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« Reply #38 on: December 19, 2007 10:57:27 PM »

Cute fabric! I love it!
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« Reply #39 on: December 21, 2007 02:59:12 AM »

AWESOME.  i might whip up one of these for my little sister for christmas.  she loves whales.  i was gonna make her one & this tutorial looks way cooler than the idea i had in mind.

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« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2007 07:36:43 AM »

AHHHHHHHHHHHH i love it!!!!!!!! i shall name mine baooga like beluga  with more emphasis on the ooo Grin
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« Reply #41 on: December 29, 2007 03:00:22 PM »

aww thanks everyone Smiley the whales are taking over!
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This is ADORABLE and the tutuorial is super clear. I am so making one (hundred) as soon as I get some rad fabric. <33
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« Reply #43 on: January 19, 2008 01:13:31 PM »

this is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! Def. gonna make one for my new niece!
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« Reply #44 on: March 01, 2009 08:09:22 PM »

I made a whale!!



I wuv him. Smiley  Thanks for the tutorial!  My sister is working on one too, I'll post her pix when she's done!
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aww its so cute!
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