Funky Friends Factory Blog

See me sew my Giraffe Toy Pattern.

Posted underA day in my lifeBlogToy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on2017-08-18 08:06:14

I have been reworking my older patterns so they are in my new fresh format which includes a step-by-step photo tutorial. Now my Raff Giraffe Sewing Pattern photo tutorial is ready to go! 🙂

WSP-GIRAFFE

.

*** PLEASE NOTE – this in ONLY a PHOTO TUTORIAL ***
The FULL PATTERN IS NOT included here.

It is NOT A FREE PATTERN!

I have made this photo tutorial so people who have purchased my Giraffe Sewing Pattern can SEE how to sew a dachshund toy! (I wanted to explain this so you are not disappointed if you have found this page via a search engine and not from the link in my Giraffe Sewing Pattern.

 

We start with the MANE:

STEP 1

Cut the tassels of the MANE PIECES as shown on the pattern markings (about 5mm/¼inch in thickness.)

1.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL

TIP: I drew a chalk line on the felt so I could keep all the tassels the same length.

STEP 2

Pin the MANE PIECES to one of the BODY PIECES at the neck, as indicated on the pattern pieces.

2.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL

BODY:

STEP 3

Pin the other BODY PIECE to the first BODY PIECE with the MANE in between. With the MANE PIECES in place, sew the BODY PIECES together from F – L, remembering to leave a gap open for stuffing later.

3.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL

 

HEAD and HORNS:

STEP 4

Sew the HEAD PIECES together from E – F.

4.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL-1-002

EYES:

STEP 5

If you are using CRAFT EYES insert these now.

5.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL-1-002

TIP: I have a tutorial to show you how to insert craft eyes on my blog.

craft-eyes-tutorial-How-to-insert

STEP 6a

Sew the HORN PIECE to the HORN TIP PIECE.

6.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL-1-002

STEP 6b

Cut this one piece in half, as shown on the pattern markings, to make 2 pieces.

7.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL-1-002

STEP 6c

Fold each piece (right sides together) and sew them along the side and top. Clip the ‘corners’ of the seam allowance at the ‘tip’ of each horn and turn them right sides out.

8.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL-1-002

TIP: The horns are small and can be hard to turn. I have a blog post to show you how to turn small softie pieces.

How to turn small soft toy pieces

STEP 7

Fold two 5cm (2inch) pieces of wire/chenille sticks in half and push the folded ends into each horn. (These help the horns stay up straight!)

10.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL-1-002

TIP: It’s NOT good to sew over chenille sticks (wire) – it can damage your needle and your machine if you hit the wire with the needle. Stop stitching on either side of the HORNS and sew them in place by hand.

EARS:

STEP 8

Sew the EAR PIECES together (one main and one contrast piece for each ear).

11.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL

STEP 9

Trim the seam allowance at the tip of the EAR PIECES then turn them right sides out.

12.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL

STEP 10

Fold the sides of the EAR PIECES to the centre. Pin or tack (baste) them in this position to stop them slipping when you sew them in place.

13.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL

STEP 11

Pin the horns and ears in position on the HEAD PIECES. The inside of the ear (contrast fabric) should be facing/touching the HEAD PIECES.

*The EARS are outlined in blue
and the HORNS are outlined in pink in the photo below.

14.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL
a-Horn-placement-diagram2

STEP 12

Pin the HEAD PIECES to the BODY PIECES, at the neck seam, with the horns and ears in between. Sew over the horns by hand then sew the rest of the neck seam by machine.

15.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIALa

TIP: This is a tricky seam to sew, so use LOTS of pins or baste(tack) all the layers together so that the pieces won’t slip as you sew.

16.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIALa

LEGS and GUSSET:

STEP 13

Pin the FRONT LEG PIECES and BACK LEG PIECES to the GUSSET PIECE, matching the dots, and sew them in place, from A-B and C-D on both sides.

18.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIALa

TIP: You can sew one side at a time if you find it easier!

17.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIALa

STEP 14

Sew the FRONT LEG PIECES to the BODY PIECES from M- A on both sides.

* I have outlined the INNER FRONT LEGS
in blue in the photo below.

19.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIALa

TIP: Roll up the front of the GUSSET PIECE and pin it out of the way with a safety pin!

20.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIALa

STEP 15

Sew one of the HOOF PIECES to each front leg at the hoof seam.

21.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIALa

STEP 16

Sew up the back of each front leg, starting at the base of the HOOF PIECE at O and sewing through P, continue along the Giraffe’s sides and down the front of each back leg from Q – R.

21c,jpg

STEP 17

Sew the 2 remaining HOOF PIECES to the back legs at the hoof seams.

21d

 *** Prepare the tail BEFORE
you sew the back legs closed.***

TAIL:

STEP 18

Sew the TAIL PIECE and the TAIL TIP PIECE together.

22a-tail

STEP 19a

Fold the long (side) edges of the tail to the center with the WRONG sides of the fabric together.

22b-tail

STEP 19b

Fold the tail in half (lengthwise again) to form 4 layers.

22c-tail

STEP 19c

Sew a line of stitching down the tail to hold it closed, you don’t need to sew the whole way down the TAIL TIP PIECE, perhaps about 1cm (½ inch) at most.

22f-tail

STEP 19d

Cut the tassels in the TAIL TIP PIECE about 5mm (¼inch) thick.

22g-tail

STEP 20

With the tail in position between the BODY PIECES and the GUSSET PIECE, sew the back legs closed. Sew from the base of one HOOF PIECE at O through T, up the back of the leg to L, then sew down the back of the other back leg to the base of the hoof, on the other side.

* The black arrow is pointing to the tip of the tail
which I coloured in blue in the photo below.

23.giraffe

HOOF PADS:

STEP 21

Pin and sew the HOOF PAD PIECES in place.

24.Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL

TIP: I have a tutorial on my blog to show you how to sew perfect plushie feet – it’s easy when you know how!

How to sew perfect plushie feet!

SNOUT:

STEP 22

Fold and sew dart 1 and dart 2 in the SNOUT PIECE. (Remember – pin the fabric right sides together!)

Giraffe-PHOTOTUTORIAL-1-015

STEP 23a

Pin the SNOUT PIECE to the HEAD PIECES. (Remember to pin the pieces with the fabric right sides together!)

25

STEP 23b

Sew the SNOUT PIECE to the HEAD PIECES from G – E – G.

26

STEP 24

Remove the safety pin and sew the SNOUT PIECE to the GUSSET PIECE (match the 3 dots pattern markings).

27

STEP 25a

Sew the snout and neck closed. Sew one side at a time from A on the GUSSET PIECE to Z on the SNOUT PIECE, closing dart 3 and dart 4 of the SNOUT PIECE.

28

STEP 25b

Sew the snout and neck closed. Sew one side at a time from A on the GUSSET PIECE to Z on the SNOUT PIECE, closing dart 3 and dart 4 of the SNOUT PIECE.

29

ASSEMBLY:

STEP 26

Turn your giraffe right side out through the gap left at the back. (I use a children’s paintbrush to push out the seam snicely, it’s also great for getting the stuffing right down into the legs too!)

30.1

STEP 27a

Stuff the SNOUT, HEAD and neck area quite firmly with toy stuffing. If you are embroidering the eyes or using beads, sew these in place now.

32

STEP 27b

If you are embroidering the eyes or using beads, sew these in place now.

TIP: If the Giraffe is for a young child, use a thick embroidery thread and French knots rather than craft eyes or beads. I have a post about toy safety on my blog with more toy safety tips and guidelines.

Toy safety tips

STEP 28

Stuff each hoof very firmly, then stuff each leg, and lastly the body. Go back and check that the neck and top of the legs are stuffed firmly. Use a ladder stitch to close the opening on the Giraffe’s back.

How to do a ladder stitch - Pauline McArthur

SPOTS:

STEP 29

Cut the giraffe SPOTS or the 2x2cm (about 1 inch) SQUARES from left-over contrast fabric (or felt) and pin them in place on your giraffe. When you are happy with the way the SPOTS look, sew them on by hand with embroidery thread. If you don’t want to sew on lots and lots of giraffe spots you can use a bright funky fabric with a ‘busy’ print instead!

Raff Giraffe looks great in all sorts of fabric prints!

Giraffe soft toy pattern collage

 

Your Giraffe is ready to LOVE!


Come join the fun on Facebook!

Facebook badge - Pauline McArthur

I LOVE to see how your Funky Friends toys turn out!

When you’ve made your own stuffed toy Giraffe you can come show it off ~>

Post a photo on my Funky Friends Factory Facebook page for me to see and YOU could win a FREE PATTERN!



Pauline McArthur


Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

Pauline

Save

Save

Save

Save

Please leave your comment here. IF you are NOT on Facebook - please scroll down to comment below the LAST blog comment! Thank you!

  1. Your tutorials are fantastic for a visual learner like me. Thanks for all the time you put into them!

    Comment by Katy on August 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

  2. Thanks Katy…. they take me ages to photograph and edit so it’s so lovely you took the time to say thank you! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on September 15, 2017 at 6:32 am

  3. Cool toy pattern!

    Comment by Toni on August 30, 2017 at 7:16 am

  4. Thanks Toni!!!!!! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on September 15, 2017 at 6:30 am

  5. Looking for a goat pattern

    Comment by amber Boynton on September 8, 2017 at 12:54 am

  6. Hi Amber, Please sign up to my newsletter to find out when I design NEW patterns… 😀 xxx Pauline

    Comment by Pauline on September 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

  7. Thank you for the pattern my grandson loved it now I’m going to make for him the dashshund thanks

    Comment by Ramona valdez on January 14, 2018 at 3:42 am

  8. It’s a pleasure – so glad you had fun sewing your soft toy! 😀
    xxx

    Comment by Pauline on January 20, 2018 at 6:51 am

  9. Thank you for these instructions. The giraffe is the second toy I am making with your pattern. I had difficulty with the fox I made before and used the tutorial to help. I have sewn for many, many years, but needed help to put it together. I am just starting the giraffe and am glad for the tutorial to assist me.

    Comment by Jemila Bennett on April 6, 2019 at 6:16 am

  10. Hi Jemila, Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the photo tutorials – they take me forever to do BUT I think they make the patterns so much easier to visualize! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on April 25, 2019 at 8:09 pm

TOP / HOME