Mar 30, 2009

How to make a sitting cat (or rabbit) plush

Yesterday, I made a rabbit plush.
I didn't make any patterns, I just only cut fabrics as I like. It's very easy way to make plush.
I write here the process of making cat one.

(1)Prepare the fabrics. I use three cotton fabrics for the body, for the back of ears and legs, and the hip and tail.

(2)Cut the fabrics. I cut the body at first, then ears and legs checking the size. The seam allowance is about 0.5 cm.

(3)To make the pattern of the bottom, scale the width of the body. I use a "cm" scale, and it was 6.5 cm(Approx. 2.5 inches). The allowance is 0.5 cm, so the pure body width is 5.5 cm.

(4)This pattern is only one what I made for this plush. Make the pattern of the bottom. Draw the curve line to be the same length of the body width. But actually, I didn't use the pattern what I drew, I used the pattern what I drew by free hand... Or you can cut the fabric after you'll finish to sew the body, then put the body on the bottom fabric making the curve as you like. When I made the first rabbit, I cut the fabric in this way.

(5)Cut the fabric for the bottom with the pattern with the allowance.

(6)I wanted to put the tail, so I cut out it by freehand. For the rabbit, I didn't applique the tail but hand embroidered it.

(7)Put the tail on the body fabric and applique it.

(8)Fold the allowance on the inside and sew by blind stitch.

(9)Finished tail.

(10)Then make the face as you like.

(11)Make the ears and legs. At first sew leaving the line with which attach with the body.

(12)Turn them around.

(13)For the stable sitting, put the batting on the bottom. Cut the batting as the bottom fabric.

(14)Stitch ears, legs and the bottom as you like. I used Sashiko cotton thick embroidery thread. For the rabbit ears, I put the stuffing, but for the cat ears, I didn't put anything.

(15)Then, put the ears on the top of the front fabric.Sew the edge line.

(16)The ears comes like this picture.

(17)Sew the legs as the ears.

(18)Put the back fabric on the front fabric to make the right side inside. Then sew them leaving the space to turn it out and the bottom line.

(19)The back side is like this.

(20)Sew the bottom. Put the bottom fabric and adjust it.

(21)I finished sewing the bottom.

(22)Turn it out.

(23)Fill the stuffing and close the space. You made it!

I like their bottom.

Thank you for reading this lo---ng post!
I'll make them more (maybe) and list them on my etsy shop. (* v *)

Mar 24, 2009

Small presents for my friend

I made two presents for my friend.
One is for her, and the other is for her daughter.

For her, I made a hanky with Sashiko embroidery.

I put a small tag with the fabric what she sent to me.

And I made a rabbit plush for her daughter. I see her daughter sometimes on her blog. She is very cute!

I made a small ribbon with the other fabric what she sent to me, and put it on the back of the rabbit.

I'm really happy when I'm making something for somebody else.
I'm happy that I have a lot of friends to whom I want to present something.
I'm happy!!!!!

Mar 21, 2009

Face bookmarks

I made some face bookmarks as a petit gift for my customers.
The flower printed cotton of the back is one of my favorite fabrics.

I want to say "hello!" to my customers!

How to make a Oval fabric tray

Today I made two fabric trays to put keys in. It took only half an hour for one(I sewed them only with my hands).
I write here how to make it. It's really easy.

To make it, you need,
(1)three cotton fabrics. One is for the inside, one is for the outside and the last one is for the key applique.
(2)thin interlining to make applique, very small piece

The pattern I used is this.
The oval pattern is maximum 6 inches wide, 4.5 inches tall(without seams). And the key is max. 2 inches tall, 1 inch wide.

At first, put the key pattern on the interlining, and cut it. It doesn't need any seams. This is to prevent the fabric for applique fraying.
Then iron the interlining on the fabric for the key, and cut out the fabric.

Then cut the inside, the outside fabrics and batting with the oval pattern.

Put the inside fabric on the fabric, and place the key on the place you want. and sew it with the blind stitch.

Put the outside fabric on the inside fabric to put their upper side in the inside. Then sew them leaving the space to turn it inside out.

Trim the edge line.

Turn it inside out, and close the space.

Tuck the one side and sew the edges together. I used thick Sashiko embroidery thread.

That's all!

Thank you for reading. I put them on my ETSY shop. Arigato (* v *)!!!!!