tutorial with you today, inspired by the adorable Marine Too Collection by Dan
Stiles. I actually grew up wanting to be a marine biologist, so ocean creatures
have a special place in my heart. These sweet plushies come in two sizes and
sew up really fast. They’d be a great nursery decor item, or a snuggly gift for
a little one. You could even add a few ribbon loops around the edges and make
it a taggie friend! Whatever options you may choose, I hope you have fun with
stated. Read your pattern pieces carefully and assemble them along the
indicated edges. (Refer to the piecing guide) Pinning will really help keep
seams matched up, but I DO NOT recommend sewing over pins! Press all your
pieces well before and during sewing.
(for bottom section)
print (for fins)
of your 2 sets of fins, leaving the top straight edges open.
stitching, snip the curves to help the pieces lay flat when turned.
flip the fins right side out and press.
of polyfil to desired firmness. Once stuffed, baste the straight edge shut.
to determine placement for your fin.
the long edges of your main body piece and bottom piece. Your fin should be
sandwiched in between the layers. Be sure to double check your fin placement so
that you don’t end up stitching it in place backwards. Pin in place.
for the opposite side and stitch in place. (Make sure to place your fins in the
same place on both sides!)
about 1/8 from the edge of your seam. Use a contrasting thread for an extra
detail. I usually extend my stitch length slightly for topstitching. Repeat
this step for the opposite side as well.
additional embellishments, you’ll want to do that now,
right sides together. Be sure to flip the fins upward during this step to keep
them out of the way while you sew. Pin around the edges, leaving a start and
stop point along the bottom straight edge.
sure to reinforce your start and stop points. Take your time sewing around the
make sure to snip your curves before turning the piece right side out. It’s a
little time consuming, but it makes all the difference in how it lays once it’s
right side out. (Just be sure to not clip through your stitch line!)
flip the whale right side out. Press one last time to get rid of the creases
caused by turning. Stuff to desired firmness.
blind or ladder stitch.