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Topic: A pod of plushie narwhals! - pattern/instructions on page 3!!  (Read 104494 times)
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« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2009 05:29:29 PM »

omgomgomgomgomg!!!! i want one!!! narwhals are one of my favorite animals!!!!

yours are the cutest!

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« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2009 09:41:31 PM »

AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!  Grin  LOVE THEM!!! WANT THEM!!  theyre amazing...seriously im massively jealous 
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2009 01:17:02 AM »

Cuuuuuuuute! I want a purple one so I can call it Leelu, like in Futurama. Narwhals are awesome.

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« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2009 03:06:02 AM »

oh my god! i need one  Shocked

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« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2009 09:34:16 AM »

I love them! I've always had a soft spot for narwhals, and it's great to see I'm not alone. Wink


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« Reply #25 on: November 19, 2009 12:37:22 PM »

I think I just broke the sound barrier with my "AAAAWWWWHHHH!I want a NARWHAL!!"

This rocks!
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« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2009 02:21:02 PM »

OMG- these are SOOO SOO Adorable! I nearly can't stand it! I know why everyone wants one!

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« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2009 05:27:27 PM »

Aww, narwhals!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2009 06:21:43 PM »

Thanks for the love, everybody!

So, there were some requests for a pattern/tutorial, so I have decided to oblige. There can never be too many narwhals out there!

Okay, so I used basic solid no-pill fleece in gray and white. You can, of course, use whatever colors you want but for the sake of these directions I'll use the colors that I chose.

So, get your white fleece and cut out this shape.

Then get your gray fleece and cut out this shape.

You're going to cut two of them over a fold so that your right sides are both the right side of the fabric. Now, when I cut mine out I do the full shape without taking out the half circle where the horn will go and the deep V for the dart in his head. I like to judge those on a case-by-case basis, but cutting them out now works just as well.

For my little narwhals, I did splatter-paint to give them a sort of dappled look. Basically I laid the gray pieces, the whale's sides, out on some newspaper with the right sides facing up. I mixed some black acrylic paint with water and then took a large-ish paint brush and starting flicking the paint solution at the fleece, concentrating on the lower part of the piece, more toward the fin, with fewer speckles up towards the top of the whale. And I didn't mix the paint too thoroughly, either, so that some drops were more paint than water, and vice versa, so there is some slight color variation in the speckles.

Okay, now the horn.

You can use one piece of fleece for this, but I wanted my narwhal's horn to be shiny so I cut one out of an iridescent lame and one out of some white broadcloth I had laying around. I used broadcloth because it would stabilize the lame and keep the fluff from being seen when I stuffed it.

Okay, so if you are using two layers of fabric, sew them together along the darker black line on the pattern there (or, you know, something like it) to hold them together (lame is a little wiley and will try to slip away if you don't baste it down). Then you are going to fold it in half laterally and sew it into a horn shape.

Once the paint on your gray pieces is dry, you are going to start to sew them together along the top line (the opposite side from the pectoral fin) with the painted sides facing in. Start at the base of the tail and go up to the dart. Then, sew the dart straight across his forehead. Sew up the space between the dart and the horn circle and then from the horn circle to the end of the topline (his upper lip, for lack of a better definition).

Now you're going to sew the belly on. Start by sewing the pectoral fins together on each side and then sew from the center of the tail fin out to meet the pectoral fin seam, remembering to leave a space on one of those sides so that you can stuff him. Now sew up his head. Turn him out from the hole you left so stuff him so now you have all your right sides out. Sew up the fins now along the dotted lines on the pattern to keep the stuffing out of them - you want them to be thin and floppy, and these little seams will keep them that way.

Now for the horn. Personally, I like to stuff the horn before attaching it, but you can do it however you like. Once the horn is stuffed, run a long strand of thread spiraling around the horn. Pull it until the spiral appears on the horn itself (use your judgment on how pronounced you want it to be) and then tie the thread off at the top of the horn. I put a teeny bit of hot glue on the top of the horn to keep the thread from pulling out. Spiral the thread back down the track it already made and tie it off at the bottom and cut the thread. Hand sew the horn into the horn circle that is still vacant on the narwhal's forehead, lining up the seam in the horn with the seam in the narwhal's face below it (just for neatness' sake).

For my narwhal's, I stuffed them first and then made the eyes out of layers of felt and hot-glued them on his face. This is because I wanted to see how the shape of the narwhal's head would turn out before I put his eyes on. But you can sew them on now, if you like. Using the end of the dart in his head as a marker is a good trick with this particular pattern.

Now stuff him! Be generous, he is a whale you know. I concentrated a lot of stuffing in the head to make sure that the horn had a lot of back up so it doesn't fall over or look melty. You can go a little thinner on his tail end so it's a bit floppy. Sew up the little gap you left using the ladder stitch and then, if you've waited until now, hot glue on the eyes. Yay! You have a narwhal!
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« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2009 09:09:34 PM »

Thank you sooooooo much for the tute! This is the perfect gift for a narwhal loving Aunt!

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