Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Sew a Gator

Finished Gator
Supplies :
Fat quarter of Sew a Gator! fabric
Embroidery Floss
Strait pins

Here's the fat quarter all printed up and beautiful, and
the obvious first step is to cut out all the pieces leaving the white borders attached. 

Along the top of the gator there are printed guidelines for embroidering.
They are white in the photo above, but have since been changed to black.

Down the back I used a braided chain stitch, but you can use whatever embroidery stitch you are comfortable with.
The website I used for the braided chain stitch has a wonderful stitch library that you can look through.
Satin stitch the eyes and use a simple backstitch on the nostrils.

I used 4 strands of a light yellow embroidery floss for everything,
and 6 strands of black embroidery floss for the pupils.

Here's the finished embroidery.
Now put the mouth piece face down on top of the embroidered piece, and pin in place.
The tongue half should be free. Sew from the inside corners of the mouth (see red arrows)
all the way around along the black lines.

Flip the tongue back and lay the underside of the gator face down on top of that.
Flip the top jaw that you already sewed back out of the way.
Pin together and sew the lower jaw exactly like the top being sure to stop at the corners. 

Flip the jaws closed and run a few stitches over the jaw corners and off  into the body area.
Shown here in green thread.
Pair up the feet with their undersides and pin with right sides together.

Sew along the black lines.

Clip the corners and separate the toes.
Then turn inside out and stuff.

Pin the feet as shown. There should be a bit of  the feet hanging over the edge
of the white seam allowance along the gator's sides. 

Lay the underside over the top and pin in place.

Baste around the whole gator along the black lines, and be sure to leave a gap for turning.
Remove all the pins.

Sew with a machine over the basting stitches.
I always go over each seam twice with the machine for added strength.
 Turn the gator inside out. Stuff your gator, sew the opening closed, and you're done!

I edited the design to not have the outline around the teeth.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


This is the front of a sketchbook I recently made using cardboard, fabric, and sketch paper.

Here's a closer look at the cover fabric featuring my Unicorn Repeat design. 

Here's the back cover. The fabric along the top is my Triangle Check Mint Stripe.

And a closer view of the Natural Painted Horses fabric.

You can see how the two covers are held together by two rectangles of fabric that act like the spine of a book.
Also visible are the folded groups of sketch paper that were sewn together and wrapped in fabric to hide the stitching.

The underside of the spine as well as the fabric wrapped around the bound pages is my Mint Chevron.
I used mod podge to glue the bottom of the bound pages to the cover.

This made it possible for the front cover to flip behind the pages.

Side view open to the first page.

The upper pages can simply flip behind like a clipboard to access subsequent pages.