Here's the pink felt squirrel I made my friend
for his birthday. He's got some special bond with squirrels. He's
a squirrel kind of guy. The finsihed squirrel is about 8"x8".
- tan felt
I sketched the squirrel shape with a Sharpie.
I used the Sharpie for three reasons:
1. I love Sharpies.
2. I tend to simplify my drawing when I draw with Sharpies - a
good thing when making pillow type stuffed animals.
3. Sharpie lines are dark enough that I can lay another piece
of paper over the first to trace and refine the shape. It took
about 6 drawings to get the shape I wanted.
I enlarged the sketch on my copier a tad and cut
it out. Here it is pinned on the felt I was going to use. I had
brown felt, but the color was too blah for Jim. I used fuschia for
the top layer, and dark red/maroon for the bottom layer. I had enough
fuschia for both, but thought the two-tone was more interesting.
I cut through the two layers. Felt shows every
uneasy cut, so if you're trying to make something like this, try
to cut with confident strokes. You can always trim down, but it's
the shape by keeping part of the tail connected to the squirrel's
back. I though that if I separated it, it would flop down.
Here's the cut felt with the face added. I embroidered
the fuschia layer with black floss. I used a satin stitch for
the eyes and a chain stitch for the mouth.
As you can
see, the ears are missing. I didn't want ears to be two layers
thick, just the maroon felt. I could have just cut off the fuschia
layer's ears, but I thought that they would stick up better if
they were sewn between the two layers.
So, I sewed the two layers together with fuschia
thread. The white ears show where I positioned the ears cut from
the maroon felt. I sewed along the edge with about 1/8" seam
allowance - all but the two areas between the white dots. The white
dots on the tail made the gap to stuff the tail, the two at the
bottom allowed me to stuff the body. First, I stuffed the paws and
foot (using a knitting needle to get the stuffing in those small
corners), then the head then the body and tail. These animals use
a small amount of fiberfill. If you use too much, it'll be too puffy
making the felt wrinkle and the animal less recognizable.
I then sewed up the holes and made the acorn.
Sewing up the holes isn't too tough, because it's not very puffy.
Just make sure to have the seams line up.
and it's cap are made with two layers of felt unstuffed. The stem
was sewn between the two layers or the cap, like the squirrel's
you have it! A pink, felt birthday squirrel.