In this tutorial, I'll be guiding you through the steps to make a swell little stuffed giraffe. Funny, when I finished designing and constructing this little guy, I wasn't sure how lovable he'd come off to the youngens. But when my 7 year old daughter saw him she immediately latched on and hasn't let go since! Poor Squishy the octopus (her lovey for the past 6 months or so) has been dropped, literally, and forgotten. Eight fuzzy arms gather dust on the floor of her bedroom as I write this. So at least we know that your time spent bringing giraffey to life won't be a wasted chunk of your day. You'll be creating a lovable friend for the "Little Me" in your life.
• Fat quarter of giraffe fabric for body (Fun - c2485)
• Fat quarter of red fabric for ears (Dream - c1807)
• Fat quarter of black/colorful hearts fabric for mane and end of tail (Fun - c2486)
• 6" red grosgrain ribbon for tail
• Scraps of white and black felt
• Polyester fiberfill
Wash and dry all fabric. Iron if you need to. All seam allowances 1/4" unless otherwise noted.
STEP 1: If you haven't already, print out the template in the supplies list (see photo 1).
STEP 2: Cut out all the pieces on the solid line (see photo 2).
STEP 3: Tape the giraffe head to the body (see photo 3).
STEP 4: Trace around each template onto wrong side of fabric. The number of pieces needed is indicated on template (giraffe body/head template should be traced twice, once on the wrong side of the fabric and once on the right side of the fabric). Cut out the pieces (see photos 4a and 4b).
STEP 5: Pin white felt into position and sew around the circle using blanket stitch. Repeat with the black felt. (See photo 5).
STEP 6: Sew right sides of ear pieces together leaving straight edges open. Turn ears right side out and press. Fold and pin bottom accordion style on each side so that folds meet in the middle (see photo 6a). Sew along bottom edge to secure folds (see photo 6b).
STEP 7: Sew right sides of leg pieces together leaving straight edges open. Turn legs right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Pair legs and sew along straight edges to connect (see photo 7).
STEP 8: Sew right sides of tail pieces together, leaving top open. Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill (see photo 8a). Tuck raw edges in .25", insert ribbon .5", pin and sew closed using slipstitch (see photo 8b).
STEP 9: Fold mane piece in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew around two sides, leaving one small side open (see photo 9a). Turn right side out. Sew seam .25" in from the long side with existing seam. Stuff with fiberfill (see photo 9b). Tuck raw edges in .25" and sew closed using slipstitch.
STEP 10: Place main body pieces together with right sides out. Start at the mouth and work your way around the back of the head, folding raw edges under .25" and pinning edges together. Pin ears and mane in place between the two layers of fabric as shown. Sew around the perimeter until you reach the bottom of the mane. Stop and stuff the horns (technically ossicones) while you can still reach them easily. Pin remaining edges together with tail and legs in place between the two layers of fabric as shown. Remember to fold raw edges under .25" as you go. Sew around the perimeter from where you left off until you are past the legs, leaving front seam open (see photo 10). Stuff the body, pin remaining edges together, and sew closed.
Yay, you've finished! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I'd love to see your creation, please send me a photo and I'll post it. If you'd like to make the stuffed elephant, you can find the tutorial in the previous post... If you'd like to make the pillow, you'll find the instructions on the Timeless Treasures blog. Thanks for coming by... xo v