Felt colors workshop :: bird

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1 – prepare and choose the felt colors
2 – reproduce the drawing on the wool felt
3 – pin felt to wool batting
4 – test stitch lengths and widths
5.1 – embroider the details
5.2 – applique the details
6 – sewing sandwiches
7 – assembling the sections

 

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Step 1 – prepare and choose the felt colors

Materials you will need:

  • Wool felt 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

Read through all of the instructions at least once. Magic like sewing works best when you know how all the ingredients fit together before you start.

One of the most enjoyable parts of creating your doudou is picking out fabric colors. Have fun! Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Look for inspiration in magazines, your garden or online.

For this doudou I used wool felt. It is soft and very easy to work with.

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.

 

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Step 2 – reproduce the drawing on the wool felt

After you have chosen the colors to be used, you will need to reproduce each part of the drawing on the corresponding piece of felt.

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 out the different parts of the design and then place them on the fabrics. Trace each shape with the pencil or a marker. Felt is not transparent what makes this method necessary.

[nbox type=”error” align= “left” close=”no”]Make sure to leave a margin of fabric at least one centimeter around each part of the drawing when cutting.[/nbox]

Draw additional lines in the places where the cut pieces should be attached. See pictures below.

 

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Step 3 – pin felt to wool batting

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 pieces of colored 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.

[nbox type=”notice”]While making this doudou I made a mistake and used a different blue felt than the one I chose. I used this felt after as the back of the face hiding the drawing I made by mistake.[/nbox]

 

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Step 4 – test stitch lengths and widths

Before starting on your doudou, use a scrap piece of fabric to test varying lengths and widths of your straight and zigzag stitches. You’ll want to find the sizes that most closely correspond to the thickness of the drawing lines.

 

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Step 5.1 – embroider the details

For each part of your drawing, you’ll need to applique and/or embroider the interior details of the figure. The paws’ stripes are embroidered and they will be sewn to the rest of the body. The drawings of the blue wing are also embroidered.

To Embroider:

Instead of applying pieces of fabric onto your main shape to create the details of your doudou, you will simply use stitches. Cover each line of your drawing with a stitch, either straight or zig zag.

Remember to start and finish each sewing line with 3 or 4 backstitches to secure your thread.

Remove any pins once the details have been sewn.

 

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Step 5.2 – applique the details

To Applique:

Choose a contrasting piece of fabric and cut out the shape of whatever detail you would like to add to your doudou (eye, nose, mouth, etc.) Pin the fabric detail to the larger shape where you’d like it applied.

Using a straight stitch, sew the detail piece just inside its outer edge onto the main body shape all the way around. Once properly secured, sew around the edge of the detail piece of fabric with a short zig zag stitch the same width as the drawing line.

 

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Step 6 – sewing sandwiches

For each section of the drawing, i.e. pieces of cut colored fabric, create a sandwich of three layers:

  • Cut piece of colored fabric
  • Wool batting
  • Fabric for back of figure

In this example the wool batting is not necessary. Felt is thick and resistant so there is for an extra layer.

Sew the three layers together using a zig zag stitch, leaving open any areas where other pieces of the figure will need to be attached (arms, legs, etc.).

Remember to start and finish each sewing line with 3 or 4 backstitches to secure your thread.

Insert a second layer of wool batting or add a bit of wool stuffing underneath the top piece of fabric before sewing all the way around. The additional layer will hide any sewing lines that you do not want seen.

Cut very close to the outer sewing line that encloses the perimeter of your doudou. This layer was placed to hide sewing lines that should not be seen. Be careful not to cut into any of the stitches.

[nbox type=”warning” align= “left” close=”no”]If you are creating a doudou like the one shown, place the paws on the trunk before sewing the trunk sandwich. Once the paws have been attached, then insert the trunk into the opening for the head.[/nbox]

[nbox type=”info” align= “center” 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 for each section. Sew around ¾ of the section 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]

Keep on cutting very close to the outer sewing line that encloses the perimeter of your doudou. Be careful not to cut into any of the stitches.

For each part of the drawing that includes interior details such as the face, you will need to go through the same 3 layer sandwich process.

 

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Step 7 – assembling the sections

Insert any pieces into the main portion of the body that have yet to be sewn. Attach with pins being careful to avoid the folds from the fabrics that have been attached.

[nbox type=”warning” align= “left” close=”no”]If you are creating a doudou like the one shown, place the paws on the trunk before sewing the trunk sandwich. Once the paws have been attached, then insert the trunk into the opening for the head.[/nbox]

Sew the pieces together using a zig zag stitch on the drawing line. Repeat for all the parts you need to attach.

Remember to start and finish each sewing line with 3 or 4 backstitches to secure your thread.

[nbox type=”info” align= “center” 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 for each section. Sew around ¾ of the section 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]

Keep on cutting very close to the outer sewing line that encloses the perimeter of your doudou. Be careful not to cut into any of the stitches.

Abracadabra!

Your drawing has become a doudou!

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