Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sewing: Moose Pattern


This is a fun little pattern that I envisioned one night and had fun bringing to life. I bought some fun fat quarters to sew these up (you only need less that half for each colour) and tried as best as I could to write up a pattern for them. I've never written a sewing pattern before, so please ask if you have any questions about what I've written. I'm providing you with the link to download the pattern and instructions (If you try to print the pattern off the blog, the sizes will likely be wrong). Enjoy!

Moose Pattern and Instructions: Printable version.





Moose Pattern Instructions

What you need:
1 main colour fabric (MC)
1 contrasting colour fabric (CC)
needle and thread
4 matching buttons
stuffing of your choice

1.Trace all the pattern pieces onto the fabrics, as written on each pattern piece. Add a 1/4” seam allowance and cut out. Using a fabric marker or chalk, mark the locations of the ear and antler placements on the head of the moose, and the leg placements and tail placement on the body. Mark the button locations on the legs.
2. Body: With right sides facing, sew along the moose's body, leaving a 1” gap at the bottom along the belly. With scissors, cut small cuts to the seam along any curves or corners (see photo*), so that the seam lies smooth when flipped right side out. Flip right side out, stuff with stuffing and hand sew closed using an invisible stitch.
3. Legs: With right sides facing, sew along lines of each leg, leaving a 1” gap along the side at the top. With scissors, cut small cuts to the seam along any curves or corners (see photo*), so that the seam lies smooth when flipped right side out. Flip right side out, stuff with stuffing, and hand sew closed using an invisible stitch. Repeat for other 3 legs. Position the front two legs in place on the body of the moose. Pull a thread through one leg, into the body of the moose and out through the other leg. Place a button on this leg and sew back through the leg, body, and out through the first leg, placing a button on this leg. Continue sewing back and forth through the buttonholes until the joints seem to be strong. Bring the needle through one leg and knot behind the leg (between the leg and the body) where the knot wont show. Repeat with the hind legs.
4. Ears: Match a main colour piece and a contrast colour piece with right sides facing. Sew together, leaving the bottom un-sewn. With scissors, cut small cuts to the seam along any curves or corners (see photo*), so that the seam lies smooth when flipped right side out. Flip right side out, and tuck the 1/4” bottom up inside the ear. Press flat. Repeat with other ear. Fold each ear in half lengthwise and hand sew onto the location on each side of the moose's head.
5. Antlers: With right sides facing, match up the antlers and sew along the lines, leaving the bottom of the centre un-sewn. With scissors, cut small cuts to the seam along any curves or corners (see photo*), so that the seam lies smooth when flipped right side out. Flip right side out, stuff with stuffing and hand sew the gap closed. Place the antlers in position on the moose's head and hand sew into place.
6. Tail: With right sides facing, match up the tail pieces and sew along the lines, leaving the bottom un-sewn. With scissors, cut small cuts to the seam along any curves or corners (see photo*), so that the seam lies smooth when flipped right side out. Flip right side out, tuck the 1/4” at the bottom up into the tail, press flat, and sew with the contrast colour facing down into place on the body of the moose.


Be sure to add a 1/4" seam allowance to all pattern pieces!

*These pictures below show how to trim up to the seam in order to have the seam sit flat when flipped right side out.
* Trim any fabric on corners as well, like below.

Here is a good tutorial on how to sew an invisible seam.

Thanks! Happy sewing!

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