Set up your sewing machine and turn it on. We use a Brother CS6000i pictured above without a foot pedal to make it easier for first-time sewers. It has a slow speed that works best for this project.
Make sure you have bobbin thread in the machine. Choose the color of thread you’ll be using and thread the machine and needle. Our machine has numbers on it for the route of the thread.
Once the machine is threaded and on, make sure the stitch setting is “01” on the panel. This is the stitch that will sew the shape outline.
This is what your display might look like.
(add link to template) Lay out the cloth piece. Fold the cloth over lengthwise. Choose your creature template. Line up template with the bottom of the open end about a ¼” – 3/8” from the edge.
Trace the shape onto the cloth.
(need a better photo showing the dashed lines) Next, add the sewing line for the back of the shape. For the Unicorn this will create the mane. For the dragon this will create the spine.
Place the cloth on the sewing machine and line up the needle over the outline. (Should mention where to start and when to stop to leave room to put stuffing in the creature.)
Once the fabric is lined up, press this lever downward to lower the foot. (is there a picture with the fabric underneath the foot?
The speed should be set to slowest setting until you are comfortable with the process and the speed.
Press the button that lowers and raises the needle to drop the needle to start sewing. (mention the start and stop button).
There also may be a knob on the back of your machine. Turning this knob will also raise or lower the needle! (there is a knob on the side)
To start sewing, push the forward sewing button once.
Sewing carefully, push the forward sewing button again to stop. If you have a sharp corner, stop and lift the foot. Turn your fabric to re-align along the mark. Lower the foot to start sewing again.
At the end of the stitch, stop and then push the reverse button to stitch for 3-5 stitches. This will sew down the stitch to keep it from unraveling.
After you’ve sewn the outline and left the opening for stuffing the creature, you can trim the excess fabric about 1/4” to 3/8” outside from the stitched outline.
Now you’ll turn the creature inside out to hide the seams and lines.
Use a pencil - eraser first - or a dowel to slowly and gently work to push out the prominent features – ears, horn, mouth.
Give the creature shape by stuffing with scraps of polyester filling (polyfil). Carefully add a little at a time. Use the dowel to gently push the polyfil into the small areas such as the mouth ear.
Once stuffed, you can sew the opening closed. If you cant see the dashed line inside the cloth look at the line on the template to see where to sew.
Here is our dragon with all stitches in place!
Finally with your creature sewn and stuffed, you can add features such as eyes and teeth with colored markers.