pretty please READ it all before you start... i'm a bit messy and the steps are not always the right way. SO READ IT ALL BEFORE YOU START PRETTY PLEASE..
how to make the felt/fabric star and the felt t-rex. fun. sweet. good stuff. ready? GO.
get your stuff together. you need felt, fabric, embroidery floss, scissors, pins, a sewing machine or you can also sew by hand, fiberfill to fill the cuties up.
for the star i simply used a star shape from Word. printed it out on plane paper and made a template on chipboard. i will also post the scans of the templates. i'm not sure how they'll end up if you print them. so please shoot me an email if you want the templates for the t-rex and the star, i'm happy to email them to you. spirit of giving.
the template of the star is a bit bigger than the star. that's because you need some room to sew. if you sew by hand or by machine, always make sure you use about 0,5 cm (0,25 inch) for the seem.
the t-rexie looks a bit like this. uploading the template isn't working. and i'm working on the step-by-step for the t-rexie but that's not finished yet and i need some chocolate first... so onto the star.
once you have the template, trace it over on felt (or fabric, whatever you want to use!)
and than cut it out.
so you'll have 2 stars. one for the front, one for the back. i used fabric for the back, but you make it however you like cuties.
it's pretty easy to sew the bugger with your machine. just remember: RIGHT SIDES facing and shabeng, go ahead. ALSO REMEMBER to leave one side open for stuffing like a turkey.
and ofcourse you can sew by hand. íf i sew stuff like this i usually use the blanket stich (feston steek).
oops. DON'T FORGET BEFORE SEWING: if you want to add ribbon or ricrac or whatever to hang your star on, make sure it's INSIDE the fabric/felt and sew it attached.
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr here you go!
if you reach corners, just LEAVE your needle in the fabric/felt, lift the foot up, turn your fabric/felt, and let your foot down again and proceed. easy peasy lemon squeezy.
so when you've sewn with your machine it kinda looks like this. see, on the left bottom side i've left one side open for stuffing.
what you want to do to get nice pointy stars: CUT OFF the points like this. see where my sewing lines go? make sure you DON'T CUT into the sewing lines (duuhh...) but just cut it straight. when you'll turn the star right side out, you'll see the pointy star!
what you also want AND NEED to do is CLIP in between the 'corners' of the star. see just half an inch on the right of my finer? i've clipped the fabric JUST BEFORE the sewing line. of course DON'T CLIP into the sewing line...
cut off all the other extra access. like i love to sew with LOTS of seam, so to make sure it's not getting bulky, i love to cut off the access fabric on the edges.
and than just make it a ball, throw it away and have a glass of whine. NOOOOOO. turn it inside out silly! that's what the opening is perfect for...
to make the points nice and pointy i use 'what's-it-called-you-use-to-scalp-clay-with'-thingie. lucky i took a pic for you...
there's the opening.
stuff it! as full as you can get it. you'll always use more stuffing that you imagine using. just like eating chocolate. it's always more than you thought you would...
stuffed and ready to cook.
i like to sew it closed by hand. of course you can use your sewing machine. it's your party.
onto the face. cut 2 circles out of white felt. i guess they are about an inch wide / diagonal.
cut 2 just a bit smaller black circles, and than another 2 just a bit smaller white circles. to make the eyelids, cut a green circle, the same size as the biggest white one. and simply cut that in half.
for the mouth just cut a cute little mouth by hand out of red or cerise felt.
to keep my stress level low, i GLUE the smaller white & black circle on the bigger white circle AND i glue on the mouth. but if you are tha bomb, please sew it on. GLUE is allright though. i use Tacky Glue.
place the eyes cute and close together. WAIT a bit while your glue dries!
sew the eyes to the body of the star. i use a simple stitch. the eyelids are NOT glued onto the eyes. i only stitch the edges so it looks like 'real' eyelids...
ahhhh. CAJUTE! and i'm planning to make a gazillion of these buddies for my tree. see who can beat me?
ok. uploading the templates isn't working now. so f that. just email me and i'll email them to you asap sweets.
life is good. make handmade ornaments this year. if it is only one. it feels so good.