October 16, 2015

DIY - Frankenstein Pillow

It's been a whole year since I've done my first tutorial, so another tutorial has been long overdue.
This year I decided to do something more along the lines of what I make on a regular basis, which is stuffed toys... I give you the Frankenstein pillow!

This pattern is best printed and enlarged to fit on a ledger (11"x17") but for a small neck pillows it can also be printed on an 8.5"x 11".

You'll need:
  • 1 pair of 21mm plastic safety eyes (you can also use felt circles instead for eyes).
  • 1 sheet of 8x11 felt in black, white and pink.
  • 1/4 of a yard of fleece in green, brown, black and light grey. (if you enlarge your pattern to 11 x 17 you'll need 1/2 yard of each).
  • Scissors.
  • Needle and black embroidery thread.
  • Sewing Machine.
  • Dressmakers Marker.
  • Awl.
  • Polyfill.
  • Pattern.

Step 1
Cut out all the pattern pieces according to the pattern directions.

Step 2
Take the green body piece and lay it down right side up on your working surface.  Pin the white collar down, right side up, to the front of the body as indicated on the pattern, then pin down the brown shirt so that it overlaps the white collar. 

Use your sewing machine and sew along the red dashed line first leaving about a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance, then sew along the white dashed line as indicated in the image below.

Step 3
Using small scissors, trim off the excess fabric on the side of your seam.

Step 4
Next pin the hair to the other side of your body piece, right side facing up, and sew along the white dashed line as indicated in the image below, leaving about a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance.

Step 5
Pin down the pink round cheeks as as indicated on the pattern and sew along the edge of each cheek piece leaving about a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance.

Step 6
Use a dressmakers marker to mark where you want to insert your plastic safety eyes. 
(Please note: if you are using felt eyes, pin them in position and sew them on using the same method as the cheeks in step 6)  Use a tapered awl to create two holes for the plastic safety eyes.  

Insert the eyes through the holes and then fasten the washer to the back of the eye. 
Press your washers down until there is no space left between the fabric, the eye and the snap.

Step 7
Pin two of the bolt pieces together and sew along the top leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim off the excess edge.

Step 8
Pin the bolts to the front of the face so they face inwards towards the cheeks as shown in the image below.

Step 9
Lay the back piece on top of the face, right sides facing each other, and pin the edges together.  Sew along the edge using a 1/4 of an inch to 1/2 an inch seam allowance leaving a three inch opening on the side. 

Step 10
Cut off the excess seam and turn your Frankenstein inside out through the opening you left on the side.

Step 11
Generously stuff your Frankenstein pillow with polyfill and close the side opening using a needle and thread using small hemming or overcast stitches.

Step 12
Using your dressmakers marker, draw on details such as the mouth and eyebrows.  Use black embroidery thread to sew on your details by hand. 

Step 13
Congratulations!  You've done it!!!  

Have a wonderful weekend!

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