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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Manatee (With basic pattern) on: January 30, 2008 03:52:12 PM
I was reminded by this thread how much I like manatees, so I tried to do my own version with felt.  I think it turned out pretty cute (how could it not, it's a sea cow!), but not quite as cute as the crocheted inspirations.   Wink





And my pattern:


Feel free to use however you like!  Please post pictures if you do!  Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Dachshund (With link to pattern) on: January 28, 2008 05:16:09 PM
My Aunt owns several of the most loveable Dachshunds I've seen, so I had to make this for her when I found the pattern:



(Yes, we certainly do still have the Christmas tree up; it's our favorite household decoration...neither of us wants to take it down!)



I used some craft felt that had a beautiful swirly pattern on it, buttons for the eyes and a Darice eye (with a long post) hot glued into the snout for the nose.

Here's where I found the (free!) pattern:
http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/dog/dachshund.html

I shrank it down quite a bit for my tiny things fascination, but if you make it full size you can do all the small features I left out (like toes!).
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Pokemon Ivysaur *edit: Plus Oddish* - Image Heavy (with VERY ROUGH pattern) on: January 22, 2008 12:48:13 PM
I love Pokemon, and Bulbasaur/Ivysaur/Venusaur are my very favorite pokemon.  Grass types for life!

I had to attempt to make one, and it's my favorite creation so far.  I hope it's recognizeable!







Here you can see that I did NOT sew the top lip ('c.' in the pattern) under on the inside.  I pulled it outside when turning and then tacked it down on the outside for a little bit of a turtle-look:


So you can see how the chin seam goes:


I am posting the very same paper pattern I made and used, but use it at your own risk!  It's kinda wonky.  You'll kinda have to eyeball where the edges of the top of the head (marked 'b.' on the pattern) go on the underbody.



/**************EDIT******************/
Someone asked how to do the flower bud, so I tried to make a picture guide:


I just free-handed the eyes, ears, teeth and leaves.  They're all very fun and easy to do.  Google image search was my friend in getting the eyes and leaves right.   Wink

/**************EDIT******************/
I added an Oddish to my Pokemon list!   Grin





Aaaaand a pattern!

When you make the 5 leaves, you can stitch each one to an open top of the 5 sides of the body.  Big leaf in middle, small leaves to either side, last 2 big leaves in the back.

Feel free to use the pattern(s) however you like!  Please post pictures if you do!  Grin
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wire Haired Fox Terrier - Image Heavy (with basic pattern) on: January 20, 2008 09:31:50 AM
Here's my rendition of a wire-haired fox terrier my family had when I was a kid.  He was named Asta, after the dog in the old Thin Man movies.













I only have outlines for the body, I ad-libbed the ears (3 layers of felt), circles for the paws, and the tail.

Click for big:

Feel free to use the pattern however you like.  Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A slime approaches! - Dragon Quest Monster (with basic pattern) on: January 20, 2008 08:51:21 AM
I was casting about for something cute to make after playing Dragon Quest, and decided that a slime was the obvious choice!

(Disclaimer: Simplicity of shape may or may not have had more of an impact on this choice than the cuteness of the subject...I'm a newb at making patterns!)









And here's the pattern I made and used:



I shrank it down a little bit for mine, 'cause in my mind tinier = better!  Use the pattern however ya like.  I'd love to see pictures if anyone else uses it, or any Dragon Quest patterns / crafts in general.   Cheesy
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Totoros & Gift Box (with some patterns) - Image Heavy on: December 22, 2007 11:02:18 AM
I came up with this idea after buying a really cute Totoro music box for my best friend, and then deciding that the tiny little music box just needed...a little bit more.  So I got an inexpensive wooden craft box, and went to with a will!

(All of these pictures are from before the clear coat / final box assembly / hot-glued wooden bead box feet.  I couldn't do the last two until after the clear coat, and I just can't take good pictures of shiny things with my camera!  So I took the pics before.)

Here's the mass of materials (click for big):


I used 30 cent sample packs of wood stain from Lowes for the inset panels, then painted the rest.

Here's the handpainted top of the box:

I used the old 'print out the picture, cover the back with charcoal pencil, then flip and trace it' ploy for the outline.

Inside the packed box:


The soot sprite idea came from this thread right here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191489.0  But I can't knit, so I just crocheted a simple ball with hairy black yarn and sewed on some felt eyes.  This idea is so awesome, thank you to sara_dippity for sharing it!   Grin



I only made a pattern for the little green totoro (click for big).  Just add on some simple triangle shapes for ears and sew on any embellishments / facial features.



For the little white one, I just cut out his shape plus a football shape for his bottom so he'd sit up.  I used regular seed beads and circles of felt for their eyes.





And the little leaf bundle that started it all unwrapped:


Here are the shapes that I used for the leaves in the leaf bundle (click for big):

I just sewed little dotted lines for the leaf veins.

Hope you guys enjoy this project as much as I did!
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