12 fun characters to make and love

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contents
6

Introduction

PROJECTS
8

Tilly the Doll

16

Harry the Monster

24

Alexander the Caterpillar

30

Lou-Lou the Panda

38

Preston the Lion

46

Pearl the Zebra

54

Darcy the Dinosaur

62

Mabelle the Mouse

70

Gerbera the Giraffe

78

Alvin the Alien

86

Polly the Pig

94

Finnegan the Frog

TECHNIQUES
104

Basic Tools & Equipment

108

Fabric

110

Using Templates

112

Preparing to Sew

114

Hand & Machine Stitches

118

Stuffing Techniques

122

Limbs & Joints

126

Suppliers

127

About the Authors & Acknowledgments

128

Index

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thirteen Draw around the horn

template twice onto the wrong side of the
plain red fabric folded in half. Sew the horns
together along the marked line, leaving the
ends open for turning as indicated. Cut the
horns out approximately 3mm (1/8in) outside
the sewn lines. Turn the horns right side out
and stuff firmly with toy filling.

fourteen Fold the bottom raw edges

inside the horns and then, following the
Attaching with Ladder Stitch technique on
page 122, ladder stitch the folded edges onto
Gerbera’s head. Sew one horn approximately
6mm (¼in) to the left of the beginning of the
mane and the other the same distance to the
right side of the mane, making sure that you
stitch them in a circle to retain the rounded
horn shape.

fifteen Take a small piece of the

remaining white spotted fabric and fold in
half, right sides together. Draw around the
ear template twice onto the wrong side and
sew the ears together along the marked lines,
leaving the bottom edge open as indicated.
Cut the ears out approximately 6mm (¼in)
outside the sewn lines. Snip the corners, turn
right side out and press.

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Tip
Pull the thread tight when sewing on
the button eyes if you want them to
dimple the head a little.

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sixteen Hand stitch and pull to gather the

bottom edges of the ears, as in Step 8. Ladder
stitch one ear onto either side of Gerbera’s head,
each ear beginning about 6mm (¼in) from a horn.

seventeen Using all six strands of a length
of black embroidery thread (floss), attach a black
button to either side of the head as an eye. This
can be done using the same method as button
jointing, sewing through the head (see page 125).

Gerbera is flicking
her tail enthusiast
ically
in anticipation of
uncovering somet
hing
interesting in her
explorations. Leng
th
s of
blue embroidery th
read (floss) make a
nicely
tactile tuft emergi
ng from the end of
the
stubby stuffed part
of the tail.

eighteen

To make the tail, cut two small pieces
of white spotted fabric measuring 4.5cm x 2.5cm (1¾in
x 1in). Take about ten 8–10cm (3–4in) lengths of the blue
embroidery thread (floss) and place between the two fabric
pieces, right sides together. Sew the tail together along both
long and one short end, capturing the thread (floss) in the
short end stitches, as shown in the diagram. Turn right side
out, stuff the tail and trim the threads to the desired length.
Fold the bottom raw edges inside the tail and then ladder
stitch the tail onto Gerbera’s rear.

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finnegan the frog
Come and meet this fab-looking fellow, Finnegan the
Frog, who likes nothing else but to indulge in fun in
the sun. You only have to look at that big smiley face
and then at his playfully printed fabric body and boldly
patterned surfer shorts to see that he means serious
recreational business!

you will need
 40cm (16in) green patterned fabric
(body, arms, legs)

 18cm x 18cm (7in x 7in) green linen
/
cotton blend fabric (face)

A range of straight-forward soft toy-making
techniques are involved in creating Finnegan – all
explained at the back of the book (see pages 102–125),
including sewing several pattern pieces together, stuffing
and attaching limbs, together with basic embroidery
stitches to add his expressive facial features.

 25.5cm x 25.5cm (10in x 10in)
red patterned fabric (shorts)

 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in) fusible web



bing

 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in) white woo

l felt (eyes)
 Small scrap of black wool felt (eyes)

 6-strand embroidery thread (floss):

white, black
 2 x 2.5cm (1in) buttons in a matching
colour
(don’t use if making for a small child
)
●  Good-quality poly
ester toy filling

 Strong polyester thread



 Doll maker’s needle, for button joint
ing

 Fabric glue

 Basic tool kit (see page 104)

Finished size: 42cm (16 ½in) tall

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ISBN: 978-0-7153-3845-2
Imprint: D&C
RRP: £14.99
Format: Paperback flaps

Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-7153-3845-2
Imprint: D&C
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Format: Paperback flaps
Size (HxW): 276 x 210mm
Size (WxH): 8¼ x 10¾in
Extent: 128pp
Photographs Colour: 75
lllustrations Colour: 75
Edition: First
Word Count: 15,000
Rights Available: World
Category: Craft
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PROJECTS
• Doll
• Monster
• Caterpillar
• Cow
• Lion
• Zebra
• Dinosaur
• Mouse
• Giraffe
• Alien
• Pig
• Frog

A unique approach to sewn toys with
a fun, modern
style that will appeal to adults as muc
h as children.
Sewing ‘softies’ is a great favourite
with crafters –
small, cute projects make great gifts
or self-indulgences.
Previous series title – Knitted Toy Tale
s – has sold
over 15,000 copies since publication
in October 2009.
Melly & Me are a powerhouse desi
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Sewing Techniques
Templates
Suppliers
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Index

description
Melly & Me present a fun and fabulous collection of
personality-packed designs that will have you sewing
adorable toys in no time!

publication date:
JULY 2011

Each of the brightly coloured characters is a joy to
sew for all abilities, making them the perfect gift for
children or adults, or a trendy home accessory.
Projects combine simple sewing techniques with
funky fabrics, embellishments and colour palettes to
add zing and excitement to your sewn toy creations.

the authors
Melly & Me is a design label founded in 2006 by sisters
Melanie Hurlston and Rosalie Quinlan. Specialising in bags
and soft toys, the Melly & Me look is all about mix-and-match
fabrics and modern colours. Rosalie recently launched her
first range with well-known fabric company Lecien and both
sisters attend all the major fabric design shows, including
Quilt Market. Melly & Me is based in Australia.

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Easy to follow step by step instructions, quirky
photography and full-size templates make this book
a delightful gift as well as an irresistible addition to
your sewing collection.

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