HOW TO MAKE… A FELT SQUIR­REL

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30 x 23cm (12 x 9") chest­nut red wool felt 10 x 7cm (4 x 3") light grey wool felt 20 x 18cm (8 x 7") aqua wool felt 20 x 18cm (8 x 7") flo­ral print aqua cot­ton fab­ric 24cm (9½") thin pink rib­bon Two 0.5cm (¼") dolls’ eyes Chest­nut red up­hol­stery thread Long sewing nee­dle Match­ing sewing threads Em­broi­dery thread in black, pink and green Soft toy stuff­ing Craft glue Pulling off a cape re­quires a cer­tain amount of gump­tion. Squee-in­duc­ing red squir­rel Twig has it in spades, mak­ing this swooshy gar­ment ideal for her swash­buck­ling wood­land ex­ploits – leap­ing from branches or lib­er­at­ing se­cret caches of for­got­ten acorns.

Use a 0.25cm ( 1 /8") seam al­lowance through­out and find stitch guides on page 97.

Squir­rel

Us­ing the tem­plates on page 97, cut two head pieces, two body pieces, four arm pieces, two tail pieces and two ear pieces from the chest­nut red felt. Cut two more ear pieces from the light grey felt.

Us­ing the tem­plates on page 97, mark the fea­tures on the head pieces. With RS to­gether, sew leav­ing the base of the head and the dart at the back open.

Po­si­tion the dart at the back of the head so the seams match. Sew the dart from edge to edge, then turn RS out, mak­ing sure to gen­tly ease out all the curves and the point of the snout. Fill the head with stuff­ing un­til firm.

Mark the po­si­tion of the eyes with pins. Sew the eyes in place us­ing the up­hol­stery thread, an­chor­ing the thread in­side the stuff­ing in the head open­ing.

Us­ing two strands of black em­broi­dery thread, stitch a few back­stitches over each other on the tip of the nose. Pass the thread back through the stitches and stitch a small up­side-down V at the base of the nose. Stitch an eye­lash on the outer cor­ner of each eye.

Place the body pieces with RS to­gether and sew, leav­ing a gap at one edge. Turn RS out through the open­ing, eas­ing out the legs. Fill the body with stuff­ing un­til firm, then sew the gap closed.

Make a hol­low in the stuff­ing in the head and push the top of the body in­side the head open­ing firmly. Pin in place, then sew the head onto the body, stuff­ing a lit­tle more as you go if needed so the head is firmly at­tached to the body.

Pair the arm pieces with RS to­gether and sew all the way around, leav­ing a gap on each one. Turn RS out and stuff firmly, with a lit­tle less stuff­ing to­wards the top. Sew the gaps closed.

Pin the arms to ei­ther side of the body, just un­der the head. Us­ing two strands of up­hol­stery thread and a long nee­dle, sew right through one arm, through the body and out the other side of the other arm. Re­peat un­til the arms are firmly at­tached.

Pair the ear pieces with one grey piece on top of each chest­nut red piece, RS to­gether. Sew around each ear, leav­ing one edge open, then turn RS out. Make a lit­tle fold at the base of each ear on the grey felt and se­cure with a stitch.

Pin the ears in place, mak­ing sure the folded front of each ear faces to the side of the head. Sew the ears in place, tuck­ing the raw edge un­der as you sew.

Place the two tail pieces with RS to­gether and sew all the way around, leav­ing the base open. Clip the curves and turn RS out. Stuff the tail very firmly and pin to the bot­tom of the body. Sew the tail in po­si­tion, tuck­ing the raw edge un­der as you sew.

Cape

Us­ing the tem­plates on page 97, cut one cape piece and one col­lar piece from the aqua felt and one cape piece and one col­lar piece from the printed cot­ton fab­ric.

With RS to­gether, make two tiny pleats in the curved up­per edge of both the felt and fab­ric cape pieces. Sew them in place from the top curved edge, as shown, ta­per­ing them to a point.

Cut two lengths of rib­bon, ap­prox­i­mately 12cm (5") long. Pin them in be­tween the two lay­ers with RS to­gether.

Sew the cape all the way around the outer edge, leav­ing a gap along the bot­tom edge and mak­ing sure to catch the end of the rib­bon in the stitch­ing.

Clip the cor­ners, turn the cape RS out and press. Sew the gap closed, then tie a knot at the end of each rib­bon length to pre­vent them from fray­ing.

Us­ing the stitch guide on page 97, em­broi­der two lazy daisy leaves in green thread and one French knot flower in pink thread in each cor­ner of the felt col­lar piece.

Place the fab­ric and felt col­lar pieces with RS to­gether and sew all the way around the outer edge, leav­ing a gap for turn­ing out. Clip the cor­ners, turn RS out and press. Sew the gap closed.

Pin the up­per curved edge of the col­lar (with the felt side in­ner­most) to the top curved edge of the cape and sew it in place, as shown. To fin­ish, trim any loose threads and tie the cape around the squir­rel’s neck.

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