Added Oct 2, 2011
My gentleman friend had a bag of leftover fabric scraps; mostly cotton with a wide strip of fuzzy faux sheepskin for good measure. He said I could have it all, if I used some of it to make a gift for him. ‘Something funny’ he said.
Not one to disappoint, I took the Simplicity 2921 pattern I’d used to make a unicorn, and made him a cotton stuffed animal. Once again I used the basic horse pattern, and with the addition of two little wings, voila! The horse became a pegasus.
This project was both easier and harder than the unicorn experiment. I was familiar with the pattern; knew to stuff this toy less. That meant the shape was better. But cotton is a little less forgiving than fleece, especially when sewing the hooves and muzzle. And my improvised wings are pretty abstract…just wing-shaped rectangles with stuffing and some feather-lines. But the overall effect was cute. And I’m very proud of they eyes. I didn’t think buttons would make very nice eyes on this toy. So I dug out my felting needles and using a bit of brown and white wool, made two expressive little eyes.
As I said, fleece is easier to sew with than cotton. I lost track of all the little folds I had to pick out, where I’d accidentally bunched up the fabric as i stitched it. And it’s easier to see the stitch line on the back; unlike wigth fleece the thread doesn’t sink into the material. But overall things were good. The fuzzy faux sheepskin made a surprisingly cute contrast fabric. For the mane and tail, I used bits of handspun wool and silk yarn that I’d made ages ago, and had lying around. The eyes are felted wool, and I’m most proud of that part.
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