I was actually asked to make 4 of these guys, two with devil's horns and two with angel's wings, for a company who are bringing in a new safety policy and these 4 chaps (Safety Dave!) were going to be used as props during the training.
I love the cool things that I get asked to make, especially when they're for an unusual reason!
So here is a tutorial for how to make a simple plush man:
You will need2 pieces of felt (your choice of colour) 8" x 10" (20cm x 25cm)
Black embroidery thread (2 strands)
Disappearing marker/chalk pencil/ordinary pencil
|Draw round the template with a disappearing pen (or chalk pencil) and pin two layers of felt together|
|Leaving a gap at the top of the head, sew all the way round the outline on your sewing machine. Tie off the threads inside the head.|
|Cut round the man, don't snip too close to the stitches or they'll come undone when you add the stuffing.|
|Add stuffing to the arms, legs & body, a tiny bit at a time as you're putting it through a narrow opening (the neck) I used a chopstick to push the stuffing into the limbs. Do no stuff the head at this stage.|
|Draw eyes and a smile on the face, using either your disappearing pencil or an ordinary pencil.|
|Embroider the face, using back stitch for the smile and french knots for the eyes (I've used two french knots on top of each other to get the right size.|
|Add stuffing to the head and following the machine stitching, sew up the opening, by hand, using a back stitch.|
Well done - you've made a cool little man (or girl if you want) and if your kids/grandkids are anything like my 5 year old and 3 year old, there will be hours of fun to be hand - these guys are just the right size for little hands!
Here's the pic of the 4 I made for my lovely customer:
For other tutorials, please visit the Tutorials Page and if you'd like something made just for you, feel free to have a look around my Etsy Shop and give me a shout if you see anything you like.