It's not horrible, but I just couldn't master the blanket stitch. The template (found here) is actually a n0-sew craft for kids... ;-) I was going to include it in her birthday present, but since it wasn't up to par, I just gave it to her. She loved it. Good thing toddlers don't know anything about sewing!
Anyway, last night I decided to give this little craft another try with a geocaching twist! I decided to go with Signal the Frog, Groundspeak's mascot.
I'm really pleased with how this little guy turned out! I did the whole thing with back stitching. I have no idea what I'm going to DO with it... maybe it'd make a good FTF prize or something.
So if you want to make one yourself you will need a few things:
*And some stuffing material!And this template that I made, with a LOT of help from my mom, might be worth using.
I didn't really take enough photos to do a full blown tutorial (crappy room lighting) But I'll tell you a little bit!
- Cut out all your pieces first.
- Start your sewing with the eyes, use 3 strands of matching thread.
- Sew the little white dots onto the blue pieces.
- Sew the blue pieces on to the big white eye pieces.
- Partially Sew completed eyes onto one side of the green face.
- Stuff eyes. You don't have to do this step, but I think it really adds to it, and was glad I did!
- Complete sewing eyes on- do some sneaky sewing and go only through the white, not the blue!
- Sew a smile with dark green thread. I used 4 strands for that part.
- Cut 4 blue triangles and sew 2 on each side of the face. These triangles are not included in the template. Just wing it!
- Set face aside.
- Sew together the two yellow signal parts leaving the bottom open.
- Stuff the signal.
- Sandwich the the signal between the two green face parts and pin.
- Start sewing around the face. Don't forget to leave it open near the end so you can stuff it before you close it up!