Easy Peasy Upcycled Rabbit Squizzy: Craft Your Own Soft Doll | Lilach Tzudkevich | Skillshare

Easy Peasy Upcycled Rabbit Squizzy: Craft Your Own Soft Doll

Lilach Tzudkevich, Textile artist

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10 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Welcome to easy peasy rabbit squeezy

      0:54
    • 2. Material list for this project

      0:58
    • 3. Preparing the fabrics

      2:19
    • 4. Piecing the fabrics together

      3:59
    • 5. Applying and marking the pattern

      1:50
    • 6. Sewing the rabbit shape

      4:13
    • 7. Turning and filling the rabbit

      3:43
    • 8. Sewing the opening

      3:09
    • 9. Adding facial details

      7:21
    • 10. Closure

      0:59

About This Class

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In this class, you will learn an easy patchwork technique while reusing your fabric scraps to create an adorable and unique rabbit. You will also embellish your project with embroidery while learning to use backstitch.

This is a short, easy, creative project.

This class is designed for crafters who have basic sewing skills and want to use their scarps pile in a creative fun way while learning a new easygoing patching technique, which can be applied to many sewing projects.

Supplies needed for this project:

Printer & paper for the pattern

* To download the pattern, find the pattern pdf under " Project & Resources"

Sharp scissors

Light to medium weight fabric scraps, Like canvas, Linen, cotton, old sheets and so on..

Sewing pins

Hand sewing needle, and thread

Embroidery needle and embroidery floss 

Ruller

Fabric marker pen or soft B pencil

Sewing machine (We will be using a simple straight stitch)

Polyester filling (old cushion can provide plenty of rabbits fillings)

Old buttons

Fabric glue (not mandatory)

Transcripts

1. Welcome to easy peasy rabbit squeezy: Hi there. My name is Leela. I'm thinks that artist and a teacher here in skill share Welcome to me class Is it PC up cycle? Dravid squeezy If you have basic sewing skills on the pile of scraps just waiting to be used, then let your creative you shine out with specie going crafty class, you're going to create an adorable soft rabbit door which any baby keyed end Monroe, Hold dear. You learned to work with a given pattern. Patchwork your scraps during unique combination material. So in attend curvy lines on woven fabric work with polyester feeling and embroider with backstage and embroidery floss ready to get crafty? Let's go over to the materialist. 2. Material list for this project: do you? 3. Preparing the fabrics: choosing and preparing your fabrics. The first thing you want to do is to think of the colors you want to use and, if you don't know, just working to a table with the scraps that you have Legum down on the table. Medium and lightweight fabrics are great for this project in my selection of fabrics starring to, um, men's shirts, which I've cut into rectangles. So use the fabrics that you have all shades and only offline in will be great for this project. If you pre cut your scraps into shape and size first, you'll have unease. Ear process. They're sober. Using the pattern guide in table measurements I have attached to the Project resources, you can locate your pdf pattern by going into the project and scrolling down into projects and resources. You click and then you scroll is with further down and you find under resources the pdf patterns I provided. You click on them and they just pop out and then you confront him about. So here's the pattern you can choose and make your rabbit with a combination off. 34 even more fabrics in this class, I'm demonstrating a free fabrics combination but it's totally up to you. I have marked out the sections for you so you can plan ahead and cut a fabrics accordingly . The three sections are the ears, middle body and legs on. For the four sections, the ears face, body and legs. You can use the staple measurements in the 10 plates, which are attached to the project resources to cut your fabrics to size. Let's start working with the fabrics. Mind you, I didn't prepare my pieces exactly to shape inside, so I will do some adjustment. As I go, I'm layering the pieces on the table to test the combinations, and once I'm happy with my selections are start piecing them together. A good tape for now would be to Iran your chosen fabrics, so they'll be easy to work with. On the next stage of this class, I'm going to show you how easy and fun it is to peace the pieces together. Some stay tuned 4. Piecing the fabrics together: piecing the fabrics. Not that the fabrics already. I'm going to start piecing them together. I start with the 1st 2 pieces. Apply the two pieces with right sides facing each other lying. The maps of the edges are together and market line, whether with a self to be pencil chalk or a fabric marca. Whatever is convenient for you mark the fabric about 1/4 of an inch from the edge and being the fabric with sewing pins. No, you're good to go to start selling them together in the sewing machine, use a simple straight stage settings and lock your stage in the beginning. If you want, it's not necessary. Just follow the line you have marked with a pencil or whatever through until the end of the face. And don't forget to take up the pains as you go. You can also look it at the end, but it's not. Mandatory. Opened the two fabrics so the to right size are facing you and press with your fingers a tiny bits to straight in them. The third piece is applied on the middle piece, the other side of the middle piece. No, as it can see, I didn't pre cut my pieces, too, so they're not straight, so I need to adjust them accordingly. So I'm trying to align the fabrics as far as much as I can. Andi. Now I'm cutting the excess fabric, and again I'm going to paint the layers together with Senate sewing pains and market line about quarter of an inch from the edge. - So now the first layer is ready and piece together, and I'm going to attend the second layer with a gang three pieces of fabric. Now you can change the order if you like, and this is the time to change your mind a little bit, as I did here. And then you repeat exactly the same steps off, aligning the fabrics together, pinning them and selling them in the sewing machine. So the two fabrics to two pieces air pieced together. And even though they're not even, it doesn't matter because I'm going to apply the pattern and you'll see how it all works out. I noticed that I did use the same fabric for the bottom part for the legs, and I wanted to align the seams together. It doesn't have to be super accurate, but It's nice to have aligned piece, but you don't need to get too stressed about it. It will sort out when we saw the rabbit. Anyway, on the next part of the class, we're going to apply the pattern and a market on the fabric. 5. Applying and marking the pattern: this part of the class we're going to apply in marked patrons, So apply the pattern on the two layers of fabrics. No ticks that I've lined the fabric with. The patterns of the three sections off the fabric are defining the three areas off the rabbit, the worry and get stressed out. If you don't matches by the millimeter, it would all work out. Eventually, use a fabric pan or Sophie pencil or chalk whatever you're comfortable with to mark the shape in the line off the pattern on the fabric. Take your time and come slowly around the pattern until you're finished and you completed a full circle. Fabric marker is really easy to use, but some fabrics to reject the fabric marker or disappears really quickly. And then you opt for a self to be pencil, which always stays there or junk whatever you come to a week. Okay, so take out the selling things when you're done, marketing template, and then reply the sewing pains to catch the two layers of fabric together so they stay put . And then the next step we're going to do is to mark the gap. We're going to leave open and not so through which you're going to turn the peace inside out and let her filled with polyester. You can start sewing from the lower part of the gap, completing nearly a full circle around the shape and stopping at the top of the gap for the next part of the class We're going to so all around the shape following your marked line. 6. Sewing the rabbit shape: sewing around a rabbit line. Okay, so let's take the pattern and the fabrics that are being together, and we start where we, uh, marked the beginning off the scene. No. First lock your seem either with a backstage or with the lock. Seem if you have one in your machine and then start sewing according to the nine, the rabbit shape is made of many curved lines and turning points. Do you need to go slowly? Whenever you reach a corner or you work on a curved line, you have to raise a presser foot to Frida Fabric. Internet accordingly. No, my machine has any lift for the present foot, and this is why you don't really see me lift in the presser foot with my hand every time. But I assure you it's not magically happening. I just do it with my let's take a closer look worker seems slowly and gradually during the killers carefully and all the turning points until you reach the end off the shape at the top point off, the gap remarked before. When you reach the top of point of the gap, you lock your scene and practice right? That's it. We're done so the rabbit shape and now we're going to do one more thing, which is to cut the excess fabric around. Cutting around the excess fabric can be easier if you're mark a line parallel to the line around the same about 1/4 of an inch away, or just got the access for every keeping more or less the same constant edge, like so. So whether you marked a line or you're just following this line of the senior, just so cut slowly and carefully Carol into the seam or according to your line, until you finish cutting away all the excess fabric. Last check for this part of the class would be to flex the curves around the rabbit. Because we're working with woman fabric, it doesn't have any flexibility. So what we need to do is to add smaller cuts very close to the same on the excess fabric on the edges. So whenever the fabric needs to be bending wherever you see a current line, then you need tohave the fabric banned by cutting those small cuts. Let's take a closer look at those notches, so as you can see, there are a few notches it'd time to a lot more flexibility. The not just go in towards the same about two millimeters away. So you don't end up tearing your scene. That's it. Our pattern is sewn and ready. You've done most of the work well done. On the next step of this class, we're going to turn the fabric inside out, see the magic happen and feel the rabbit with polyester. Yea. 7. Turning and filling the rabbit: turning the fabric and feeling with polyester. First step is to turn the fabric inside out. This will buy guiding your fingers along the seams, pushing the sames outwards along the shape. Give yourself time to do so. Explore the exterior of the seem and shape until the rabbit shape is completely revealed. This is a great time to, inspector seems, and make sure they are complete. If you find any holes, there is an opportunity here to fix them easily by turning a fabric inside out again and fixing the halls. Read, reinforcing seems once you rabbit is turned, you can smile and say it's taking shape the two sides of my rabbit or different from each other. And I like the diversity and the playfulness it has. Now it's time to feeling the polyester feeling. If you have it home and and use cushion or blanket, you can used their feeling for your rabbit. Usually you would need about twice the volume of your doll to feel it properly. More is an option when you feel the rabbit ago tip would be to start with the Long far areas I through the year's first and then the arms and the legs and finish with the middle space. I got the polyester bit by paid with my fingers into place, and if you find it hard, you can use a long tweezers or a closed bento guided polyester in. But I like to gather my film and fingers, and that's how I feel. It's really going in smoothly on and smoothing the fabric away as well. When I feel the arms of the rabbit, I stopped with the far arm far away from me. I feel it first, and then I feel the middle part of the body to support the arm to stay full. If you don't do that, you're going Teoh quickly discover that the polyester you just filled into the arm and ran away into the space of the middle body, so it's kind of one. Supporting the structure of the other polyester is very surprising, and whenever you think you've just finished fitting up your drawers, your rabbit, you find out this room for more. There's always room for more. So just before closing the rabbit, make sure that a polyester feeling is distributed in a nice even weigh as much as you can and if you feel you need to add more or so abstract some of the feeling than do so now, and when you're done, you fold the edges off the opening in and pinned them with the sewing pain. Many times after I close up the opening, I find out that the area closer to the opening is not completely full because it was not so so I couldn't really stuffed it in properly. So I end up adding some more and then re closing the opening Okay, on the next time we're going to. So the opening up stay tuned. 8. Sewing the opening: selling the opening. So now you have the rabbit, and the opening is paint with sewing pains. Just take a needle that you're comfortable working with and the regular sewing thread with a color and complementing the color off fabric you chose. I just throws a simple white thread. Now cut it about 16 to 17 inch long because it's always good to have an extra and length of thread, then to have a short one, bring both ends of different together and tie them in a knot like so. It's always good to start selling from within, so you can talk, not inside the doll. So here it is, inside and tucking it inside. And then I'm going to start selling the two fabrics very simple from one side to the other and repeat so from one side to the other and then repeat the same seem again in a gang for all the length of the opening. Now I'm doing them about, um, a Milli. Meet her away from each other each scene, but you can decide which ever length and gap you want to do it. It's so you just repeat the same seem again and again in the gaps that you have a comfortable with. Okay, now, let's be dubbed a video a little bit. Just before closing the opening completely, I take the opportunity to stuff a little bit more polyester. So everything is nice. And even at the end, I reinforced. We seem with not from the outside like so instead of titling the seam, I live the last loop open and thread my needle through that loop, which looks the same. You can repeat it twice if you like, and cut this raid. But it's our rabbit is nearly ready on the next and last part of the class. We're going to add facial data. Does stay tuned. 9. Adding facial details: adding the facial details. I just pull out a handful of my baton collections and pick them intuitively. You can try matching the colors of the buttons to the fabrics if you like. I just like to give it to go and try, so I place a few buttons. Usually I would use to different ones, but it's up to you. You can use the same for both eyes, if you like. Once I'm happy with my selection than I can start serving the batons. Good tape would be to either mark the place of the buttons with a fabric ben or pain so or maybe fix them with fabric glue just so that they stay put until you sew them in The golden rule. For fabric Lou is less is best. I've put far too much fabric low. It's much better to just pin point of fabric glow because the more and glue the raise, the harder days to work with your needle. Ings red and using embroidery. Floss tres. Teach the eyes in the mouth. First, pick a color that complete mints. My rabbit. Then I cut it about 16 inches long. It's always better to have a longer threat than the shorter one embroidery floss is made of actually six gains. So what we do is we separate the skins. Let's look, that's closer. Look, see the different skins. And usually I work with three. So I would separate this gains. Just put them down on a separate them. That would be enough weights. I most the edge of the skeins to thread my needle and then push. It's usually if you manage to a threat to threads, they will pull up the 3rd 1 as well. So okay, I bring both ends together and I start from any point that you choose away from the hi. And then I pull the thread into place living a detail inside the rabbit space so the tail is about an inch long under the fabric. I don't put it through. I leave it. And I tried to look the same under the baton, using the fabric as an anchor to make the same strong as you can see here. So each seem I make I actually make sure I go through the fam break like so. So the same is strong and anchored. Repeat, second die in the same manner. You can change the color of the thread if you like. Give it in the same thread. Don't forget Teoh anger, you seems with the fabric, just like we did before. When you finish a touching the are you thread a thread under the fabric inside the space of the rabid and come out about an inch and 1/2 away from the I and cut this brick. Okay, now let's attend the mouth. Draw the line of the mouse, either waving and soft. Be pensa or fabric man, whatever works for you, because it's always easier to follow an unmarked line rather than imagining there's a lying there. So for the sake of this video, I just wanted to the line to be more apparent, chose the color thread you want to use for the mouth. What I usually do is I placed the thread on the doll itself and see how the colors match up . And when I'm happy with my selection and I threatened threading the needle, Organgn separate. This gains working re three threads. His idea. Another option for threading yours right through the needle. If you find guitar is to use a threat, er Now, this little threat, er, is very useful. What you do is you put it in the eye of the needle, and then you have a much larger I to thread your thread and you pull it out to the other side, and then your threat is magically inside a needle. It's if you have one. It's a very easy option. I stitched the mouth line with backstage, firstly being the needle about an injury away from the line into the space of my door. The first stage will lock this red start by bringing up the needle one stage away from the beginning, off your line. Then point your needle backwards to the beginning, off the line, thread the needle in and come up where the end of your next state should be. So basically, instead of stating forward use, teach backwards, pointing your neo each time to the end of your last stage and then coming up again, positioning the needle head towards the end of the next stage and sell on. It might sound complicated, but after just a few stitches you get the hang of it, and it's really quite simple. The advantages of backstage as opposed to straight stage is that it creates a continuous line, which is very decorative and for the mouth. It's really perfect if you run into a situation where your threat is finished, but your life isn't, then don't worry about it. Just use the same method we did before to bring the end of the thread into the space of the door and just thread in your thread and continue your line until you finish. That's what I've done anyway. Carry on stating the backstage until you finish the line off the mouth, look the same in the same manner we did before by bringing it into the space of the rabbit and coming out about an inch away and then cutting this bed. That's it. We're finished. Creating rabbit and adding the facial leaders on these classes come to an end 10. Closure: so we've come to the end. Patrick is a very, very style technique. It really can be applied to many projects and the opportunity to reuse your scraps in a creative way. It's really great, and I hope you got inspired to do so now. Don't be shy and post your project in the project gallery because I'm really looking forward to see that feel free to pop into my other classes, revolving around textile art and creative sewing. And make sure you follow me in skin share so you can get a dented on my upcoming videos. You're also welcome to follow me on Instagram and get a glimpse of my creative fast there on If you want, you can pay a visit to my Etsy shop, where I sell unique up cycled gifts. Thank you for sharing your time with me and until the next us right