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« on: October 24, 2006 09:54:33 AM »

So I moved to Canada 5 months ago from the U.S. and due to immigration whatnot, I will not be able to go "home" to visit my family for Christmas while I'm waiting on application stuff to go through.

I'm a crafty person and I get enjoyment out of hand making gifts for people because they are more meaningful.  I've decided I want to make plush moose for my parents and grandparents.  I figured a huggable moose will be just right.  My problem is that I couldn't find a free moose pattern out there, so I set out to make my own.

I've made my own moose pattern and I've started working on it.  I'm making it out of felt and hand sewing it.  It'll end up being fairly small, but that's ok - this one is just a test run. 

I guess what I'm looking for is some help- I've never made a pattern before.  I don't think this is going to turn out quite like I'm invisioning.  Does anyone know of any free moose patterns that I could base this on instead?  I'm trying to go for the cutesy stuffed moose feel.  Here's what I've got so far:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/pinktoque/craftster/moose/making_moose1.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/pinktoque/craftster/moose/making_moose2.jpg
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http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/pinktoque/craftster/moose/making_moose4.jpg

And here is what my pattern for the head looks like.  I'm looking for suggestions on how to make this better - I'm having a hard time getting it to turn out right 3D- any ideas on how to modify the head to make it look like an actual moose?  I have a feeling when I follow through with this head pattern it's not gonna look right.
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/pinktoque/craftster/moose/head_pattern.png

Thanks so much for all of the help and guidance Smiley 
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2006 10:23:44 AM »

You could do the head from the side and then add an insert peice between the eyes. That would make it more 3-d. I don't really know how to explain it better but hopefully that makes sense. I think the legs and arms are great! You could probably adapt a pattern for other animals for this if you relaly just don't like what you have alreay. I bet this pattern could be easily adapted for a moose.
You'd need different ears, and antlers. and probably a different tail. I dunno I've never seen a real moose before. Smiley
Personally I think just changing your current head pattern would work really well whough.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2006 10:44:51 AM »

You could do the head from the side and then add an insert peice between the eyes. That would make it more 3-d. I don't really know how to explain it better but hopefully that makes sense. I think the legs and arms are great! You could probably adapt a pattern for other animals for this if you relaly just don't like what you have alreay. I bet this pattern could be easily adapted for a moose.
You'd need different ears, and antlers. and probably a different tail. I dunno I've never seen a real moose before. Smiley
Personally I think just changing your current head pattern would work really well whough.

Thanks Smiley  I think I understand what you mean - I guess it's more on how to put it all together once I do it that way that I'm stumped on.  Maybe I'll rework the pattern a bit.  I completely appreciated your link to the stuffie bunny/cat/bear ... I think the little scotty dog pattern would be PERFECT to adapt, I just gotta wrap my head around it.  The body will be much more huggable than what I've got going I think.

Thanks again!

Edit: after examining the pattern you linked to, I think I'm going to give it a shot.  It doesn't seem to be too complicated - my only issue is that I have to hand-sew everything!  I'm going to run to the store and see what I can dig up, then attempt this Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2006 12:57:17 PM »

Oh the pattern is really easy I've made quite a few of those. So have a bunch of other crafsters. So I'm sure if you have any questions about it they could be answered. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006 12:08:20 PM »

Oh the pattern is really easy I've made quite a few of those. So have a bunch of other crafsters. So I'm sure if you have any questions about it they could be answered. Smiley

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