We went to a 5 year old's birthday party this weekend for some very dear friends. This little girl love love loves all things Peter Pan. A few weeks ago, I saw a link for this plushie sewing tutorial over on Sew Mama Sew. The tutorial was shared for free from this book, Flip Dolls and Other Toys that Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go by Laura Wilson.
The instructions were pretty straightforward, though I would have liked more photos for the zipper insertion. I made some modifications because of the wool fabric I used that had a very loose weave (read: unravels easily when cut!). Here are some photos I took while making the croc. I embroidered "Tic Toc" on the tail to make it fit the theme even more.
I used an overlock stitch to prevent some of the fraying, #12 on my machine. It does the same job as a serger without the cutting.
A couple of wooden buttons for eyes.
That's how we roll, handmade gifts even for 5 year old birthday parties.
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.