I made this photo tutorial so you can see how to sew my Moose Sewing Pattern ~> scroll down for step-by-step photos!
*** PLEASE NOTE – this is 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 MOOSE Sewing Pattern can SEE how to sew a moose soft 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 Mickey Moose Sewing Pattern)
Let’s get started!
Choose some fabric. It doesn’t have to be brown or have a moose on it… BUT both of those would be fun! 😀
Cut 2 pieces from the Plain (Antler) Fabric 10cm x 25cm (4″ x 10 inches) wide and cut another piece the same size from batting. Trace the ANTLER PIECE onto the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces. (This dashed line is the sewing line.)
TIP: I like to cut the pieces in half so it’s easier to sew each ANTLER.
Pin the 2 pieces of the Plain (Antler) Fabric, with right sides facing, on top of the piece of batting. Sew through all 3 layers, on the sewing line you traced, leaving the straight edge open for turning.
Trim the 3 layers, leaving 5mm (¼ inch) seam outside the sewing line.
TIP: If you are using a woven/non-stretchy fabric (like cotton) you need to clip the really tight curved parts of the seam allowance so that the ANTLERS will turn nicely.
Turn the ANTLERS right sides out through the turning gap.
TIP: I like to use a wooden chopstick to help turn the seams nicely. Run the end of the stick back and forth along the stitching inside the ANTLERS until the seam is nice and smooth.
Fold and pin the ANTLERS, as indicated on the pattern markings.
TIP: Make sure you have a RIGHT and LEFT one when you fold the ANTLERS!!!
Sew the flat edge of the ANTLER PIECES together at the markings to form a “fold”.
TIP: Here you can see what the “fold” looks like once you unpin the pieces.
AND once you pin the “folds” flat.
AND here you can see the the other side has a “tuck”.
FOREHEAD and FACE:
Pin the ANTLERS in place between the pattern markings on the FOREHEAD PIECE so that the ‘fold’ of the ANTLERS is away from (not touching) the FOREHEAD PIECE and the back of the ANTLERS is towards the top of the FOREHEAD PIECE . Tack (baste) the pieces together along the raw edges.
TIP: Double check that you have positioned the ANTLERS correctly. Unpick them and sew them again NOW if you sewed them wrong way round! 🙂
Tack/machine baste the pieces together along the raw edges.
Pin the FACE PIECES to the FOREHEAD PIECE with the ANTLERS in between.
TIP: If you are a beginner you will find it is easier if you do one ANTLER at a time.
*I have outlined the FOREHEAD PIECE in the photo below because it’s underneath the FACE PIECE.
Sew the FACE PIECES to the FOREHEAD PIECE from A – B.
Sew the EAR PIECES together in pairs (one Main and one Contrast piece) leaving the straight edge open.
Trim the seam allowance to 3mm(⅛ inch) and turn the EAR PIECES right sides out.
TIP: Use a wooden chopstick, or similar turning tool, to help turn the seams smoothly.
Fold the EAR PIECES as shown by the pattern markings and pin and tack (baste) the fold so it won’t slip as you sew the EARS in place.
Pin the EARS to the FACE PIECES, using the star pattern markings to guide you with their position.
TIP: Make sure that the fold of the EAR is touching the FOREHEAD PIECE as you pin it in position so that the EAR will be facing the right way!
* I have outlined the EARS in the photo below so you can see where they are!
Pin the NECK PIECE to the FOREHEAD & FACE PIECES and sew them together with the EARS in between.
TIP: Fold the ANTLERS and pin them so they will be out of your way as you sew this seam.
Sew from M – A – F – A – M on the other side.
Sew the SNOUT PIECES together from C – D. NB* Do not sew as far as the snout dart!
Pin the SNOUT PIECES to the FACE & FOREHEAD PIECES.
Sew the SNOUT PIECES to the FACE & FOREHEAD PIECES from E – B – C – B – E, along the snout seam.
Pin and sew the snout darts closed (on the SNOUT PIECES). Here I have pinned one snout dart…
And here I have pinned BOTH of the snout darts.
TIP: Clip all the really curved seams very well especially if you are using a woven/non-stretch fabric so they will turn nice and smoothly!
Sew the SNOUT PIECES closed at the front, from D – E and continue, sewing the FACE PIECES together from E – G.
If you are using CRAFT EYES, insert them now.
TIP: I have a tutorial to show you how to insert craft eyes on my blog.
Sew the TAIL PIECES together. Trim the seam to 3mm(⅛ inch).
Turn the TAIL PIECES right sides out and run the end of a chopstick along the seam so the seam is nice and smooth. Stuff the TAIL with toy stuffing and pin the TAIL closed at the straight edge.
Pin the TAIL to one of the BODY PIECES, using the pattern markings to guide you with the position.
* I have outlined the TAIL in the photo below so you can see where it is pinned!
Pin the BODY PIECES together along the top, with the TAIL in between.
Sew the BODY PIECES together along the top from J – K, (the TAIL will stick out the back!).
LEGS and HOOF PIECES:
Sew the BACK LEG PIECES and FRONT LEG PIECES to the TUMMY PIECE matching the dot pattern marking.
Pin and sew the TUMMY & BACK LEG PIECES to the BODY PIECES, at the back, from N – J – N on the other side.
Sew two of the HOOF PIECES to the BACK LEG & BODY PIECES along the hoof seam, matching point N.
Sew the back legs closed one at a time. Start at the base of the HOOF PIECE and sew up the front of the BACK LEGS, along the side and down the back of the FRONT LEGS to O. Repeat on the other side.
Sew the other two HOOF PIECES to the FRONT LEG & BODY PIECES along the hoof seams, matching point O.
Sew the front legs closed, one at a time. Start at the base of the HOOF PIECE, and sew up the front of the FRONT LEGS to M. Repeat on the other side.
Pin and sew the FOOT PADS to the bottom of the HOOF PIECES, matching point P and Q.
TIP: I have a photo tutorial on my blog with step-by-step photos how to make perfect feet without any ugly wrinkles! ~>
SEW THE HEAD TO THE BODY:
Pin the NECK & FACE PIECES to the TUMMY & BODY PIECES at the neck seam. Sew from H – M – G – M- H on the other side.
TIP: I find the best way to do this is to turn the head right sides out and position it ‘inside the body’ so you can pin the pieces together at the neck seam, with the fabric right sides together.
Pull the HEAD back out of the body so the PIECES are wrong sides out again. Pin the Moose closed at the back of the head and sew it closed from S – H (on the NECK PIECE) – L (on the BODY PIECES).
TIP: Don’t forget to leave the gap open on the BODY PIECES to stuff the moose!
Turn the Moose right sides out through the turning gap on the BODY PIECES.
Stuff the snout area then the head area really well. Stuff the neck area really well too. Stuff the legs and finally the tummy area last.
TIP: Make sure the LEGS are stuffed well so that the Moose will stand up nicely.
If you are embroidering the EYES you can do them now.
TIP: If the toy is for a young child it is best to use embroidery thread instead of a bead/craft eyes. I have a post about toy safetyon my blog with more toy safety tips and guidelines.
Sew the gap on the BODY PIECES closed with a ladder stitch.
TIP: If the TAIL is sticking up too much, you can sew the end of it to the TUMMY PIECE now too!
Your Moose is ready to LOVE!
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Till next time,