It all restarts with a drawing
1.1 – choose the colors
1.2 – reproduce the drawing on the fabric
2 – pin fabric to wool
3 – prepare the sewing machine and test stitches
4 – begin sewing
5 – make a sandwich
6 – sewing all three layers
7 – cutting
It all restarts with a drawing
Materials you will need:
- Fabric for the doudou body
- Wool batting
- Wool stuffing
- Cotton thread
- Pair of scissors
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine
- Lead pencil
- Sheet of paper
- Child’s drawing
Step 1.1 – choose the colors
One of the most enjoyable parts of creating your doudou is picking out thread and fabric colors. Have fun! Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Look for inspiration in magazines, your garden or online..
Be sure to follow the lines of your drawing faithfully. This will ensure that your stuffed piece looks just like what your child created on the page. Use your own creativity with color choices and bring a little something of your own to the doudou.
Step 1.2 – reproduce the drawing on the fabric
You can go about this one of two ways:
Tape the drawing to a window. Place the fabric over the drawing and trace the design with a pencil. The light through the window will create a transparent effect and you will be able to easily see the design below the fabric.
Alternatively, you can make a copy of the original drawing either using a photocopier or by scanning the image onto your computer and then printing it out.
Cut around the copied image, making sure to remember such things as the eyes, nose, etc. Don’t hesitate to add in any drawing lines from the original work that may not be easily traceable.
Step 2 – pin fabric to wool
Take the piece of wool batting provided and find the side that is covered by a thin protective film. This side should look shinier and feel tackier than the unprotected side.
Place the wool batting, protective film side down on a table. Lay the fabric with your child’s drawing on top of the wool batting. Pin the fabric to the wool keeping the pins at least a few centimeters away from the areas with the drawing.
Step 3 – prepare the sewing machine and test stitches
Before starting on your doudou, use a scrap piece of fabric to test varying widths of your straight and zigzag stitches. You’ll want to find the widths that most closely correspond to the thickness of the drawing lines.
Step 4 – begin sewing
Starting with the interior drawing lines, sew the fabric and wool together. The stitches should cover up the lines as much as possible. Take care to secure the thread as you go by starting and ending each seam by sewing backwards 3 or 4 stitches.
After sewing around the interior parts of the drawing, i.e. eyes, nose, mouth, remove the sewing pins.
Finish sewing the exterior lines of the drawing.
Step 5 – make a sandwich
After all of your drawing lines have been sewn, turn your doudou over and place another piece of fabric on top of the exposed wool batting. Turn your doudou over once again with the drawing side facing up. Pin the three layers together along all four sides of the fabric.
Before making the sandwich, you can cut the excess wool for a perfect finish. Cut as close to the outer seam as possible being careful not to cut the sewing thread.
Step 6 – sewing all three layers
Sew the three layers together by following the general outline of the entire drawing. Keep your stitches one centimeter away from the drawing lines.
If you are creating a doudou similar to the one pictured, sew around each limb individually as opposed to a general outline.
[nbox type=”notice” align= “left” close=”no”]FYI: If you would like to give your project added dimension, gradually push in small pieces of wool stuffing between the batting and the underside of the fabric. Sew around ¾ of the doudou first and then incorporate the stuffing. Once you’ve placed enough stuffing in to your liking, sew around the remaining portion of the outline[/nbox]
After you have sewn around the outside of your doudou, you can embellish your project with either a straight or zigzag stitch. Follow the interior lines of the drawing to more clearly define such things as a head, mouth, hands.
[nbox type=”notice” align= “left” close=”no”]HINT: If your sewing machine allows it, adjust the zigzag length to 0,4 and the width to 2. This setting creates a bolder effect.[/nbox]
Highlight these lines with a contrasting color or choose to downplay the lines by using a thread color that blends in with the fabric. The choice is yours.
Step 7 – cutting
Cut very close to the outer sewing line that encloses the perimeter of your doudou. Be careful not to cut into any of the stitches.
To finish, cut the loops in different places to give it a messy look.
Your drawing has become a doudou!
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