scrapped animal: bunny

In honor of Easter, this month’s scrapped animal is a little bunny.  Seeing this bunny float around our house with two happy girls has made it feel a little more like spring.  The sunny weather helps too!

I think my favorite is the colorful tail.

MATERIALS NEEDED

scrapped bunny PDF pattern
scrap fabrics in 2 or more color
matching thread
embroidery floss
fiberfill
thin wire (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Applique the heart to the bottom left corner of the body front using a zigzag stitch.

2. Prep the ears.  Start by lining the ear pieces with right sides together using a small seam allowance, and leaving the bottom edge open for turning.  Turn the ears right side out and press.

3. (OPTIONAL) Run wire around the edges of each ear using a running stitch.  Be sure to secure the ends of the wire very securely with multiple knots.  EDIT: the bendy ears were cute, but I ended up taking the wire out… more cozy that way.

Line the bottom edges of the ears with the top edge of the body front, with the right side of the body front facing the front side of the ears.  Baste near the edge.

4. Make the tail by folding each tail circle into fourths, and running a needle through the inner corner.  After all of the circles have been threaded together, run the needle through all of the layers several more times and tie it off tightly.

Fluff the tail and secure it to the back body piece by hand or machine.

5. Hand stitch the face to the body front.

6. Sew the side piece ends together and then sew it to the front body piece with right sides together.  (see more detailed instructions for this step HERE)

7. Pin the body back to the raw edge of the side piece, and sew, leaving a 3″ opening to turn.

8. Turn, stuff, and stitch closed.

Simple and special, just like your little one.

duckbill platypus

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

I’m thinking of making this scrapped animal pattern thing a monthly tradition, thoughts?  Like, a new friendly pattern for you each month…

But for now, this stout little platypus is full of color.  His wide beak and quilted tail show his classic style.  With your choice materials, he really will be all yours.

scrapped animal: duckbill platypusscrapped animal: duckbill platypus

MATERIALS NEEDED

printable pdf pattern
scrap materials of 3 + contrasting fabrics (see pattern pieces for measurements)
two buttons for eyes
matching thread
fiber filling

CUT OUT THE PIECES/ CUTTING LAYOUT

Print out the pattern pieces.  Cut the body and side pieces from your main “duckbill platypus” fabric.  Cut the tail pieces from a contrasting fabric (something that will show the quilting well).  Cut the bill, shield, and flippers from a bright fabric (yellow or orange).

INSTRUCTIONS

1/4″ seam allowance (guiding on the outer edge of the presser foot)

1. Line the two bill pieces with right-sides-together (a) and sew around the edges, leaving a 2″ opening (b).  Turn the bill right side out (c) and topstitch around the outer edge, being sure to sew the opening closed (d).

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

2. Lay the shield piece in place on the front body piece, lining the flat base with the stitch line indicated on the pattern.  Zigzag around the edges of the shield to secure it in place.

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

3. Line the center of the bill with the bottom edge of the shield (a) and sew a straight line down the length of the bill (b), reverse stitching at the beginning and end.  Fold the bill in half (c) and top stitch about 1/8″ from the inner edge (d).

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

4. Match up two flipper pieces with right sides together (a), and sew around the edges, leaving the base open (b).  Do this with both flippers.  Clip the corners (c), turn right side out, and top stitch around the outer edges (d).

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

5. Pin the flippers to the bottom of the body pointing up, with the raw edges of the flippers lined up with the bottom edge of the body piece, and stitch in place 1/8″ from the edge.

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

6. Fold the side piece in half with right-sides-together and sew the ends together to create a tube.  Press the seam open (a).   Line the seam from the side piece with the center bottom of the front body piece.  With right sides together, pin them together (b), and sew all the way around (c).

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

7. Sew the buttons in place for the eyes.

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

8. Lay the tail pieces with right-sides together and sew around the curved sides, leaving the base open. Turn the tail right side out, and quilt diagonal lines, reverse stitching at the beginning and end of each line.

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

9. Pin the tail piece to the center bottom of the back body piece, pointing up (a). Sew it in place 1/8″ from the edge (b).

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

10. Pin the back body piece to the raw edge of the side piece, with right sides together, and the seam centered at the bottom of the back body piece (a). Sew around the edges, leaving a 3″ opening and turn right side out (b).  Stuff the body with fiberfill tightly (c). Stitch the opening closed (d).

scrapped animal: duckbill platypus

duckbill platypus - yellow spool

Seriously though, people! Isn’t he just the cutest?

scrapped snail tutorial - yellow spool

scrapped animal: snail

With a hand-stitched spiral shell, this little guy has more charm than he does speed.  With your choice of fabric, ribbon, and thread, he really will be all yours.

MATERIALS NEEDED

PDF pattern pieces
scrap materials of 2 contrasting fabrics (see pattern pieces for measurements)
matching thread
embroidery floss (for the spiral)
fiber fill or scrap fabrics strips for stuffing
1 1/2 yds. ribbon for antennas

CUT OUT THE PIECES/ CUTTING LAYOUT

Print out the Printable Pattern Pieces. Cut the shell and the longer side piece from your “shell” fabric.  Cut the body and shorter side piece from a contrasting fabric.  Cut 6 strips of ribbon 8″ each.

INSTRUCTIONS

3/8″ seam allowance (guiding on the outer edge of the presser foot)

①  Lay the body and shell pieces out with right-sides up, and line the body pieces on top of the shells, matching the notches, and pin them in place.  Zig zag around the edges of the body to applique them to the shell pieces.

②  Hand stitch the spiral with embroidery floss using a quick running stitch.

③  Line the side pieces up with right-sides-together and stitch down one end to make a larger strip.  Fold the side piece in half with right-sides-together and sew the ends together to create a tube.  Press both seams open.

④  Tie 3 pieces of ribbon together at the end, braid very tightly (the tighter you braid, the stiffer the antennas will be), and tie it off on the other end.  Make two antennas this way.  I accidentally skipped this step when I was putting together this tutorial, so my pictures don’t reflect it well, but before you sew the side piece to the body, pin each antenna to the tops of the head pieces at an angle, and stitch in place right near the edge.  This will hold the antenna in place for easy sewing in the next steps.

⑤  Pin the side piece to one body piece with right-sides-together.  Be sure to line the edges of each color correctly so it all matches up when it’s sewn.  Sew around all 4 sides.  If you need help with how to sew around these corners, refer to step 11 in THIS TUTORIAL.  Remember, I accidentally skipped step 4 when photographing this tutorial, so you should see the antenna at the top of the snail head on the right side!

⑥  Pin the back body piece to the raw edge of the side piece, with right-sides-together, lining the seams of the side piece with the body/shell.  Sew around the edges, leaving a 3″ opening.

⑦  Turn the snail right side out and stuff with fiber fill or scrap fabrics.  Stitch the opening closed.

And that’s all there is to it.  You should have a sweet and squishy snail in no time!

Scrapped Animal: Fox

scrapped animal: fox

This squarish fox is anything but square.  Everything from his pointy nose to his swivel tail says “awesome”.  With your choice of fabric and buttons, he really will be all yours.

MATERIALS NEEDED

printable pattern
scrap materials of 4 + contrasting fabrics (see pattern pieces for measurements)
two buttons for eyes
one button for nose
one button for tail
matching thread
embroidery floss for eyes (optional)
fiber filling

CUT OUT THE PIECES/ CUTTING LAYOUT

Print out the Printable Pattern Pieces onto regular paper and cut them out with paper scissors.  Cut the body, side, ears, and tail pieces from your main “fox” fabric (oranges, browns, and yellows work well).  Cut the nose and tail tips from a contrasting, lighter colored fabric.  Cut out 1 Belly piece from a coordinating or contrasting fabric.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS

1/4″ seam allowance (guiding on the outer edge of the presser foot)

1. Line the fur pieces with right-sides-together and pin them in place.  Sew around the edges, leaving a 2″ opening on each for turning.

2. Cut notches into the curved seam allowance and clip the corners.

3.  Turn the fur pieces right-side-out and press flat.  Press the edges of the opening under 1/4″ (the same as the seam allowance).

4. Top-stitch around the edges of the fur pieces.

5. Lay the tail and tail tip pieces right side up and line each tip piece with the tail piece that matches it.   Use a zig zag stitch to applique the tips to the tail.

6.  Lay one body piece with right-side up and layer the belly on top of it, matching the notches up.  Zig zag the edges of the belly to secure it to the body.

7.  Line two ear pieces with right sides together and sew the two angled sides.  Clip the tips of each ear.

8.  Turn the ears right side out and press flat.

9.  Pin the ears to the top of the body, pointing down, with the un-sewn edge of the ears lined up with the top edge of the body piece.

10. Fold the side piece in half with right-sides-together and sew the ends together to create a tube.  Press the seam open.

11.  Line the seam from the side piece with the center bottom of the front body piece.  With right sides together, pin them together, and sew all the way around.

12. Lay the seam down towards the body, and top stitch right under each ear to hold them in the upright position.

13.  Turn the body right-side-out and pin the nose pieces in place, created a pointed tip near the belly.  Slip stitch or machine stitch the fur to the body front along the top and bottom.  Stop stitching when you get to the side seam, to leave the “fur” hanging over the edges of the face.

14.  Pin the edges of the fur pieces in and out of the way.

15.  Back stitch eyelashes and sew buttons or beads securely in place for eyes and nose.

16.  Pin the back body piece to the raw edge of the side piece, with right sides together, and the seam centered at the bottom of the back body piece.

17.  Sew around the edges, leaving a 4″ opening.

18.  Line the two tail pieces with right-sides-together and pin them in place.  Sew around the edge of the tail, leaving a 2″ opening.

19.  Clip and notch the seam allowance where needed, and clip the corner.

20. Turn the tail right-side-out, stuff the tail with fiberfill, and slip stitch the opening closed.

21.  Place the tail in place on the back of the body, and sew a button through the tail and back body layers.

22. Stuff the body with fiberfill tightly.

23.  Slip stitch the opening closed.