Moose SoftieProject #17472
You don't have to be park ranger to appreciate this 3-D softie. It's the perfect size for little hands to easily carry anywhere and looks at home in all colors—from traditional browns to bright prints and plaids.
Products Used661645-Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Moose
|Fat 1/4||Brown solid||Cut (2) heads
Cut (2) faces
Cut (2) bodies
Cut (4) arms
Cut (4) legs
Cut (2) round foot pads (optional)
Cut (1) oval bottoms (optional)
|10" x 10"||Light color brown print||Cut (4) antlers|
|5" x 5"||Medium color quilter’s cotton fabric||Cut (4) ears|
|Embroidery floss, wool felt or safety eyes|
|1 bag||Polyester fiberfill|
- Finished Size: 6 1/2" x 12 1/2"
- All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
- Press all fabrics prior to cutting.
- Lock in stitches when beginning and ending each stitch to keep seams from coming undone unless otherwise noted.
Piecing the Project:
- Sew both ears and both antlers by placing two like pieces right sides together, leaving the bases open. Clip (inward curves) and notch (outward curves), and turn right side out. See Fig. 1.
- Place the raw edge of one ear and one antler to the center raw edge of a head piece, all right side up. Place a face piece right side down, aligning the raw edge, and sew together. See Fig. 2.
- Repeat step 2 for the other side of the face.
- Sew each of the small darts right sides together on each side for the mouth, starting at 1/4" and narrowing to a point just beyond the dart tip. See Fig. 2. Set both face pieces aside.
- Cut eight arm/leg pieces. Trim off the foot portion to make the arms, and trim off the curved top to make the legs. See Fig. 3.
- Sew the arms by placing two pieces right sides together. See Fig. 3. Notch the curved tip and turn right side out. See Fig. 1 for notching.
- Sew both legs by placing two pieces right sides together, locking in the stitches at the start and end, leaving the flat end open, as well as the top. See Fig. 3.
- Hand sew the small round base to the flat bottom opening of the legs for a rounded, fuller hoof. See Fig. 3. (This step is optional; if you want to make it easier, eliminate the circle base and sew straight across the bottom of the foot to close.)
- Stuff all arms and legs, sewing the ends closed with 1/8" seam allowance. Be sure to sew the arms flat and the legs seam to seam, so the front of the hooves face forward not to the sides. See Fig. 3.
- Place the head piece right side up and the raw edge of the arm at the center of the neck edge, and pin in place. (Sew in place to prevent shifting.) See Fig. 4.
- Place a body piece right side down, lining up the raw edges in the neck seam, and sew across. See Fig. 4.
- Repeat steps 10 and 11 for the other half of the body.
- Place both body halves right sides together, lining up and pinning seams while tucking in the ears, antlers and arms. See Fig. 5a.
- Sew from the bottom back side of the Moose, all the way up and around, and down to the bottom front side. See Fig. 5b.
- Clip and notch as necessary around the body, and turn right side out.
- Sew the legs to the front bottom edge of the body. Place one leg on each side of the center seam with the toes facing downward toward the body. See Fig. 6.
- Finish the Moose one of two ways:
a) Easy: Stuff the Moose, and sew the bottom straight edge of the Moose closed (not pictured).
b) Intermediate: Pin and sew the front half of the bottom, from one side of the Moose to the other. See Fig. 7. Stuff and hand sew the back half of the bottom closed with a ladder stitch.
- Give the Moose embroidery eyes or other eyes of choice. If the Moose is for a young child, please use embroidery eyes or doll safety eyes to prevent a choking hazard.