Materials to make a stuffed animal
2.- Mouliné or embroidery thread. This thread is normally used for embroidery and cross stitch, is made of cotton and consists of several strands that can be separated. It is the thread that we will use the most because with it we will make the basic stitches to join the different pieces of felt, as well as embroidery and parts of the expression (eyes, mouth, eyebrows…). To join the pieces we will use two or three threads of similar tones to the felt or in a contrasting tone to highlight the stitch and create a more decorative effect.
3.- Wool thread. The fine wool thread will be reserved for the cases in which we want to make stitches in sight in thick felt (two to three millimeters), since for this type of felt the embroidery thread is not appreciated very well (it is like sunk). Another option when the felt is thick is to place 4 or 5 strands of embroidery thread, but in my opinion it is a waste of this type of thread since with wool the same effect is achieved without having to use so much product.
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It is important to know beforehand the most important stitches in sewing as they will get you out of more than one trouble and will help you to choose the right needle for its function. We have summarized them in just 3 and with them you will be able to make thousands of things with a little bit of fabric, thread and needle.
First of all, it is important to work with a quality needle. The ideal needle should be made of hardened and tempered carbon steel to avoid corrosion. In addition, the stem must be very well polished and smooth so that it does not snag on the fabric, as well as an eye without imperfections that does not cut the thread with which we sew.
Also known as wool needles or mending needles, they are especially long and very sharp needles with an elongated eye that allows a thicker/fluffier thread to pass through. There are two groups of darning needles: for use with sewing thread (No. 1 to 10) and for use with wool (No. 13 to 20).
Very fine (from nº10 to 15), straight, and with a very long eye. Ideal for sewing beads, pearls, seed beads, beads and other beads because they are so thin. You will be able to pass through the hole of the pieces without problems, even to introduce several at the same time and its length allows to sew them very easily.
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AdvertisementBasic exercisesNow that you’re equipped with your new sewing kit, and before you start making a stuffed animal, you first need to learn basic hand sewing techniques. As well as basic things like threading a needle, and familiarize yourself with three main types of stitches:LockstitchThis is the most basic and intuitive stitch, I would say that over 90% of the stuffed animal will be nothing more than running stitches.BlindstitchEssentially, this is not much different than lockstitch. It is usually used to close a hole from the outside, or to attach features such as arms to the body of a stuffed animal. While backstitching is normally used for sewing any fabric, the blind stitch is used for pieces that need to be reversed. Blindstitching can be tricky at first, especially when trying to hide the knot, but after a couple of tries, it should prove to be just as intuitive as backstitching.OvercastingThis is the stitch you might use to connect the felted details on the top of the stuffed animal.Try practicing these stitches on pieces of fabric. After a while you’ll get used to using them, and you’ll be ready! The next step is to sew two pieces of fabric together. A sewing exercise I always recommend for beginners is to sew 4 pieces of fabric together to form a sphere.
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V 25. Along the back loops of row 24 complete 30bp (30)V 26. 30bp (30)V 27. (3bp, dism)*6 (24)V 28. (2 bp, dism)*6 (18)V 29. (bp, dism)*6 (12)V 30. (dism)*6 (6)Finish off and weave in loose ends.
Start with light pink yarn and use a 3.5mm hook.V 1. ch 2, 6bp in 2nd ch from hook (6)V 2. (increases)*6 (12)V 3. (bp,increases)*6 (18)Change to brown yarn.V 4. 18 bp (18)V 5. Fold in half and knit low on both ends together. (9)Purl and leave a long tail for sewing.
Start with light pink yarn and use a 3.5 mm hook.V 1. ch 2, 6 sts in 2nd ch from hook (6)V 2. (pb, increases)*3 (9)Change to brown yarn.V 3. 9 pb (9)Change to turquoise yarn.V 4. FLO 9 pb (9)Purl, purl slightly and leave a long tail for sewing.
Start with light pink yarn and use a 3.5 mm hook.V 1. ch 2, 6 bp in 2nd ch from hook (6)V 2. (increases)*6 (12)Change to brown yarn.V 3. 12 bp (12)Change to turquoise yarn.V 4. FLO 12 bp (12)V 5. 12 bp (12)Purl, purl, fill in slightly and leave a long tail for sewing.