1. Loch Ness Monster
How adorable is this giant Loch Ness monster? Created by Hannah from We Lived Happily Ever After, it measures 1 1/2 feet tall and 3 feet wide, perfect for a nursery or for fun in any room of the house.
Materials: 1 1/2 yards of felt for the body (you can make it with just 1 yard, but it never hurts to get a little more than you need), a small sheet of pink felt for the patches (the small sheets they sell for about 30 cents), a small sheet of black felt for the eyes and the mouth, stuffing (a great alternative to expense poly fill is to buying an inexpensive pillow and using the stuffing from that), and threads to match.
1. Download this pattern piece. Print and cut out the pages, then attach all of the pieces together.
2. Cut out the pattern pieces from the felt. You need 8 flippers, 1 belly piece, and 2 body pieces.
3. Stitch all of the 8 flippers together in pairs of two to make a total of four flippers. Make sure to leave a small opening on the curved edge of the flipper so you can turn it inside out and stuff it.
4. Turn the flippers right side out through the opening you left.
5. Place both of your body pieces on top of each other, and lift up the bottom part. Now lay the belly piece evenly on top of both half’s of the body piece.
6. Sew the belly piece onto the body pieces.
7. Sew up the rest of the body, leaving an opening at the neck for stuffing. Turn the body right side out through the opening.
8. Time to stuff Nessie. Fill the neck and tail first. You want to make sure to really stuff the neck super well so that it will stand up straight and be supported. Once you are done stuffing it, sew up the opening.
9. Fill your flippers with stuffing, and then position them on Nessie’s body. For the two flippers on each side, make them both face away form each other, pointing out. Slip stitch the flippers to the body.
10. From the black felt, cut out two rectangles for the eyes, and one long strip of fabric for the smile.
11. Roll the rectangles into ball shapes and sew the balls in place until it is a complete sphere. Next, position them symmetrically on the face and pin in place. Sew them onto the face.
12. Pin the strip of felt you cut for the smile onto the face. Then determine how wide a grin you want Nessie top have on her face. Cut the corners so that the edges are tilted.
13. Optional: sew in patches. The Nessie shown has layered pink and green hearts on her back.
All done! Enjoy your felt Nessie.
10. Rhino Bookend
This felt rhino bookend by Alex at A Lion’s Nest is appropriately bookish with his monocle. You could even make a set of two.
Supplies: two different tones of grey felt, pink felt, pink thread, grey thread, a needle, a purple embroidery thread, some wire, a pair of scissors, two little black pearls, a disappearing ink pen, some cotton pellets and dry lentils (about two cups), and the pattern pieces below (print out and magnify by two).
1. Print and cut out all the pieces from your pattern, using a disappearing ink pen and scissors. The purple marks represent a 1” graduation.
2. Start blanket-stitching the top part: (darker grey felt) from the bottom edge of the big horn to the beginning of the back legs, including the tail.
3. Stuff the inside of the horns with cotton pellets. Stitch the eyes, the ears and the cheeks (pink felt).
4. Fix the underneath piece, (lighter grey felt) starting by the back legs and the middle section. Fill half of the rhino with cotton.
5. For the front legs, make sure to add the pleat on the upper part of the leg, sew.
6. Close three out of four feet, (pink felt) and add the lentils through the last one. That will make the rhino heavier so it can support the books weight. Stitch the rhino closed.
7. Regarding the tail, use a needle to thread the yarn through the felt several times. Trim to make the length even.
8. Finish off with the monocular, making a circle out of the wire and covering it with the embroidery thread. Repeat twice so it looks smoother. Fix it to the rhino with some stitching.
Congrats! You have a rhino friend to guard your bookshelf.
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