Hey all! This week I'll be showing you how to turn your favorite embroidery patterns into quick-to-stitch plushies!
*I am no expert in sewing, so if I can do this...so can you! You can even ditch the sewing maching and just stitch the thing by hand. Heck, if you can embroider the darn thing, you can stitch it into a plushie! Here's how I did it:
Step 1: Pick out and cut your fabric to the same size as the fabric you embroidered on.
I chose my Ocean Wonders pattern of this whale I stitched up in Hawaii this summer and some fun Japanese fabric I found online!
Step 3: (optional) I used my disappearing ink pen to draw a rough guide on where to stitch...I like to follow lines. I this case, I tried to keep my line about an inch from my work on all sides (if possible).
Step 4: With your sewing machine, follow your guide line (or wing it) all the way around your pattern. Leave 1-1.5" unstitched for turning your work and stuffing. (I actually forgot that part and had to use the dreaded seam ripper!!! Remind me later to tell you a gross story about seam rippers and the pretty scar on my right hand!)
Step 5: Cut off the excess fabric leaving about 1/4" around.
Step 6: Turn your work inside out and stuff that bugger up! Stitch your seam shut and you're done!
Easy right? If you don't want to whip out your sewing machine, don't have one or are frightened by heavy machinery...just backstitch along the guide line instead...I've done that too and it worked just great.
For extra special holiday fun, why not sew in a piece of ribbon or ric-rac and make a fun Christmas ornament!
OR...fill it with lavendar and make a cute sachet for holiday gifts! Oh, either way, the possiblities are limited only by your imagination. Give it a try!