Many people like to be able to make their own handmade toys for gifts, decorations and for retail sales. When making a more intricate stuffed toy like a dragon, the head can be the most difficult to sew and shape. Sewing a multidimensional piece with intricate details can be challenging, but the process yields a lovely result that will be enjoyed by any child or dragon lover.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Newspaper or tracing paper
- Fabric of choice
- Sewing machine or sewing needle
- Straight pins
- Colour-coordinating thread
- Pillow stuffing (such as polyester fiberfill or wool)
- Horns and eyes
Print or draw your pattern on tracing paper or newspaper. You can use a pattern such as the one at the Plushify website, or you can create your own by drawing a simple dragon head profile shape. Draw a top view to the same scale for added dimension. Be sure to add a 1/2-inch seam allowance around the edges of each piece.
Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out the fabric pieces. If you made your own pattern, cut out two pieces of the profile view and one of the top view. If using a pattern, cut out the number of pieces indicated.
Lay the pieces of fabric out with the wrong side up. Line up the edges of the fabric pieces, as they will be sewn and pinned into place. If using a pattern, the pattern will indicate where the pieces attach. If you made your own pattern, line up the profile pieces along the underside of the neck, then add the top view piece and pin the edges.
Sew along the pinned edges with either a sewing machine or a sewing needle and thread using a straight stitch. Leave the neck hole open for stuffing and for attaching to a body, if desired.
Turn the sewn fabric shell right side out and stuff with pillow stuffing. Attach facial features such as eyes and horns, which can also be made out of fabric and sewn on, before stuffing.
Tips and warnings
- You can use metal spike embellishments to act as horns and spikes. Just attach them through the fabric before stuffing the head. Do not use this type of embellishment for a child's toy, as it can present a choking hazard.
- Use felt fabric and sew the pieces together with the seams out to create a fun and versatile toy for young children.
- Make sure each piece of the pattern mirrors the different features you want to show up on the dragon's head, such as curves, ears, spikes or bumps. If features are not mirrored correctly, the pieces will not line up properly for sewing.
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