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« on: August 08, 2007 09:15:27 PM »

Well, my goal for Christmas this year is to make everyone I know presents instead of buying anything. There are a lot of kids in my family, and so when I found this old pack of little stuffed animal patterns at a 2nd hand store, I picked it up. They were kind of ugly, so I had to come up with my own embroidery on it and change a thing or two. This is what I came up with. (Sorry for the less-than-perfect photography. I'm limited to a webcam right now.)

You can't REALLY tell here, but the fawn has pink dots embroidered on her backside.

Okay, they're kind of sad, I know. But I'm figuring out how to do them better, and I have quite a few more to do. Next I'm going to do a giraffe. I also think I'll do a few of the fawns because even with mistakes, I thought this one turned out cute.

« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2007 10:33:01 PM »

all i could think of when i saw these was: CUTE! then you wrote that you thought they were sad. i think they're awesome. keep working on them and try different stuff. see what makes you think they're less sad. you'll have this down in no time.

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2007 07:26:44 AM »

I think they're great, the embroidery is very creative. Cheesy I'm envious of your thrift store pattern find. Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2007 08:59:26 AM »

I think they are cute, and very good for first stuffies.  I really like the embroidery details.  Out of curiosity, why do you think they are sad? 

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007 12:36:40 PM »

If you're bummed beacsue thy're flat instead of 3 dimensional that's a really easy thing to fix.
Take your pattern and lay it on a piece of paper. Then trace the legs from the center of the belly to about an inch up the body.
then remove your pattern peice and draw a line straig across.
Cut the pattern with the striaght line on a fold and you have an instant leg gussest!
some stuffies you have to add darts to the back side of this to make them stand but try that first and see if you like them better.
With the elephant you may have bit more work since it looks like his legs are different in the front. But you can do the same thing for him too you'll jaut have to tweek the original pattern a bit to make two differnet sides so the gusset will work. And for the gusset on him trace one pattern then the other and stitch the two flat peices together to make his legs open.
since he's a profile stuffie you could also ad a pointed oval in between the head section to give him a more dimensional face. Or just cut a long strip of fabric that will go from the tip of his nose to right where the gusset for his belly goes.

Personally I love these flatter old stuffed toys becasue I think they have more character than many store bought cookie cutter toys.
I love your embriodery and the dots are super cute!
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2007 03:08:12 PM »

fawns and elephants! Two of my favorites. So cute.

« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2007 04:21:06 PM »

I think they are cute, and very good for first stuffies.  I really like the embroidery details.  Out of curiosity, why do you think they are sad? 
I guess you can't really see it in the pictures (unless you know they're there) but there are some very obvious sewing mistakes when you look at them up close. Plus my elephant's head looks... funny...

« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2007 04:22:13 PM »

If you're bummed beacsue thy're flat instead of 3 dimensional that's a really easy thing to fix.
Thanks! I'll try those tips on my giraffe.

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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2007 06:30:39 PM »

Another cute from me. I love the fawn especially. How lucky to find those vintage patterns.
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007 06:53:24 PM »

i love the deer! soo cute! i bet these would look awsome in colored fabric or felt! for the deer you could use like a light brown print or really anything! awsome!

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