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Sew a Shark Softie Photo Tutorial

Yeeeeehar!!!! ANOTHER phototutorial is ready to go! 🙂

Sammy the Shark Toy Pattern is very quick to put together and he’ll make a fabulous toy for boys…. Well, let’s not be sexist – any shark lover – GIRLS included!!! 🙂

.Shark sewing pattern Pauline McArthur

*** 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 Shark Sewing Pattern can SEE how to sew my shark 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 Sammy Shark toy sewing pattern!)

 

OK, let’s get going with the TUTORIAL!

STEP 1

Choose fabrics for sewing the shark toy pattern. A shark can be any colour –

even PINK!

Shark with pink spots made by KorinasKreations

STEP 2

For the main fabric I used a grey spotted print and cut the BODY PIECES, all the FIN PIECES, CHIN and TAIL PIECES from it. For the TUMMY PIECE I used a bright blue print to contrast the shark skin grey. I used white felt for the TEETH and blue felt for the  MOUTH PIECES.

shark fabric

STEP 3

Sew 2 of the BACK FIN PIECES together. Turn them right sides out and use a turning tool or a wooden chopstick to make sure the seams are turned out nicely. Repeat for the other 2 BACK FIN PIECES. (You don’t need to stuff the BACK FINS.)

STEP 4a

Sew 2 of the FRONT FIN PIECES together. Turn them right sides out and make sure the seams are turned out nicely. Repeat for the other 2 FRONT FIN PIECES.

STEP 4b

Stuff the FRONT FINS with toy-stuffing so they are not too fat because you need to sew through the toy-stuffing next. Use pins to hold the toy-stuffing in place.

STEP 4c

Remove some of the pins so you can sew a line of top-stitches along the dashed line as shown on the pattern markings. Snip the threads and put the FINS aside for later.

STEP 5

Sew the BODY PIECES together from A – B.

STEP 6

If you are using craft eyes – insert them now.

insert eyes

TIP: I like to add a circle of white felt behind craft eyes to make the shark’s eyes stand out against a dark fabric.

eye tip

STEP 7

Pin the FRONT FINS and BACK FINS to the BODY PIECES with the tip of each fin facing the back – using the pattern markings
to guide you. (Pin them with the fabric right sides together.)

Shark fins point backwards

STEP 8a

Match each CHIN PIECE with a TUMMY PIECE using the 2 dots of the pattern markings to guide you.

* I have marked the 2 dots in red in the photos below.

STEP 8b

Pin and sew the CHIN PIECES to the TUMMY PIECES matching the 2 dots of the pattern markings.

STEP 9

Sew the TUMMY-CHIN PIECES together along the center seams, sewing from D- E.

Sew-tummy-and-chin-pieces

STEP 10

Sew the CHIN/TUMMY PIECES to the BODY PIECES, (with the fins ‘sandwiched’ in between)

STEP 11

Sew the TAIL PIECES together from B – C.

Do NOT sew right around the tail now!

STEP 12

Sew the TAIL PIECES onto the TUMMY & BODY PIECES, use Sewing Diagram 1 to guide you.

STEP 13

Sew around the TAIL PIECES from C to G and continue to sew onto the TUMMY PIECES to H, use Sewing Diagram 2 to guide you.

*Don’t forget to leave a gap on the TUMMY PIECES
for turning and stuffing your shark!

STEP 14

Turn the shark toy right sides out through the gap you left on the BODY PIECES. Stuff the shark with toy stuffing. Start by stuffing the thinner bits (like the tips of the TAIL and the top fin on the BODY PIECES) with small bits of toy-stuffing to make sure these are firmly stuffed.

turn sharl tail

STEP 15

If you are using buttons for eyes sew them on now.

STEP 16

Cut the MOUTH and TEETH PIECES from felt.

STEP 17

Sew the TEETH PIECES to the MOUTH PIECE by sewing machine (or hand!) then hand sew the MOUTH PIECE onto the CHIN PIECE about 3cm from the front.

STEP 18

Use 3 strands of embroidery thread to sew long satin stitches for the gills.

TIP: Hide your finishing knot under the shark’s fin!

STEP 19

Use a ladder stitch to close the opening on the tummy.

How to do a ladder stitch - Pauline McArthur

Your Sammy Shark is ready to LOVE!

 

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Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

Pauline