This design was inspired by the fabulous new Eiko collection by Jay-CynDesigns. The mini version is perfect for little hands to manipulate and chew,
while the larger one is GREAT for snuggles!! Fish happen to be the current
design in my son’s nursery, so I’ll be adding a few of these to his decor for
allowance is 1/4 in unless otherwise stated. If you have a directional print,
pay careful attention when you cut your pieces to make sure everything lines
up. Read the pattern pieces carefully before cutting. They are all marked with
directions to aid in cutting & sewing. This project requires quite a bit of
pinning at a few points but I DO NOT recommend running over pins as you sew.
Press all your fabric before cutting.
measurement of 15 1/2in X 10in & the small fish measures 9in X 5 1/2 in.
(The smaller pattern is a 65% reduction of the larger)
With right sides together, match up each set & sew. Leave the long side of
each piece open for turning and stuffing. Once each piece is stitched, clip
your curves all the way around before turning. This will help the curves lay
properly. Just be sure not to cut through your line of stitching!
polyfil. Basically, just fill them to your desired fluffiness – there’s no
right or wrong here!
add lines of stitching to each fin piece. I find that placing a few pins in the
piece helps keep the sides even and prevent puckering. Also, flatten the piece
and keep it held firm as you run it through your machine. As long as you don’t
add *too much* bulk here, it should pass through without a problem. Repeat
these steps with all 4 pieces, using the pattern pieces for stitch placement reference.
Once all 4 are complete, set these aside.
along the triangle edge. (I know, this looks odd. It will make sense soon!)
Make sure you have matched the correct body piece with it’s corresponding tail
piece. With right sides together, and using your pattern piece for a stitch
guide, sew the pieces together along along the triangle side. Be sure to secure
your start and stop points since you will be ironing this flat.
the tail. Repeat these steps with the other body/tail pieces as well.
stay close to the edge. Your line will start and stop at the straight edge seam
on either side of the triangle.
side fin on the body. Be sure to extend about 1/4 in or more of the fin past
the edge. Adjust it as needed to make sure it’s sewn into the seam allowance.
sandwiched in between. Body & head pieces should be right sides together.
(Ensure you have your fin oriented properly before pinning & sewing.) I
find the easiest method for pinning along a curve is to find the center of both
the body and head piece and pin there first.
things line up better this way than if I start at the top.)
caught both sides with the fin in between. If everything is sewn properly, snip
the rounded curve to aid in turning. Trim off the protruding inner piece of the
fin so that it is flush with the seam allowance. Press your curved seam. Repeat
this with the opposite body/head/side fin pieces.
final two fins. Lay one body piece right side up. Using the pattern piece
placement dots as a guide, place your top and bottom fin pieces. The raw edges
of the fins should stick out at least 1/4 in past the edge of the body piece.
Lay the opposite body piece on top, match up all your seams, and pin in place.
At the point where your body and tail meet, you will sew a small “V” rather
than follow the curve. I find it easiest to simply mark the line to follow with
a pencil before I stitch. This “V” will ensure that your tail and body seams
lay properly when turned.
with your pins leaving a small opening for turning and stuffing. Because of the
fin placement, I find that the top or bottom portion of the tail is the best
place for this.
and your fin pieces as you go. Check all edges before snipping your corners and
trimming. At the joint between your tail & body, you will snip a “V” along
your stitching edge.
fish to desired firmness. The method used for sewing and stitching the tail to
the body created a small triangle pocket on the inside of the fish. This inside
triangle does not need to be stuffed. (The tail looks the same whether the
triangle is stuffed or not.) Once the fish is filled, use a blind or ladder
stitch to close your opening in the tail.