Thursday, March 26, 2009

Free Sailboat Pattern

Hello again! Thought I'd offer a little pattern up for anyone who's interested. I made this Sailboat for a doll to hold, but it could be used so many different ways.

Okay here we's the actual pattern, instructions below.


1. Print out pattern on cardstock, or print on regular paper, cut out and trace onto heavier cardboard.

2. Cut a 5 inch piece of a wood skewer (just like you'd use for kabobs!). Sand off the rough end.

3. Trace pattern of boat, sails, and flag onto muslin (or whatever kind of fabric you wish to use). Cut out allowing about 1/4 inch seam allowance.

4. Stitch all pieces, leaving enough opening to be able to turn them easily. I left the entire ends of them open on the sails and flag, but just a small opening on the bottom of the boat.

5. Clip all curves and corners. Turn inside out and stuff VERY lightly... just enough to give it a little bit of body. Stitch the openings closed.

6. Cut a tiny (1/4 inch) slit in the middle of the top of the boat. Squirt a dab of glue into the hole and put a bit on the end of the skewer. Insert skewer into the hole and let dry.

7. With embroidery floss (I used brown, 3 strands) stitch the top points of each sail to the skewer, wrapping the floss around the skewer as if they were rope. Do the same to the bottom inside point. Then stitch the outer points of each sail to the top of the boat. Last, stitch the flag to the top of the skewer.

8. Dab on some glue over the stitches at the top, where you have attached the flag.
Let dry.

9. I painted the boat brown with artist's acrylics and the little flag with a dark red. You can use any colors you wish.Let dry completely then sand lightly.

FINISHED! I think this little sailboat is darling. It certainly makes a cute Ornie for a doll to hold, or to hang in your home.

Happy stitching!


WoolenSails said...

What a neat pattern. I like to make stuffed shape patterns and paint them, haven't done it in ages, but getting in the mood again. I saw your doll with the boat, really cute idea.


Miss Muggins said...

What a great pattern. So prim and retro at the same time!

Sassy Soaps N Such N Always Crafty 2 said...

Awesome pattern Thanks! OFF to find the finished doll

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

What a wonderful thing, Penny! I just love it! And I love all the things you showed in your last posts, too! Glad to see you are still creating masterpieces!!!!! Cora

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