During a recent trip to Pottery Barn Kids, my youngest was obsessed with this patchwork turtle here. I thought, this is something I could easily make for him. But it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. In the end it turned out good. If you are brave, feel free to follow again.
I started by drawing my own pattern. This was the hard part, due to my lack of drawing skills. After several tries, I finally got it right. (In the photos below you my notice that the legs, head and tail look different than this pattern. Those were each apart of my first attempt.)
Click the image above for the free PDF link to this pattern. Please download the file to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “Fit Printable Area” and Borderless Printing is selected. Check that the one inch square measures one inch to have the pattern the correct size. Assume a 1/4 seam allowance.
After cutting out the pattern, I pinned it to the fabric. The shell and base piece were cut on the fold.
For the appendages, I paired the pieces, front side of fabric together and sewed three sides leaving the top edge open.
Using my trusty Scooby Doo pencil, I turned and stuffed the legs, head and tail.
Next, I sewed up the ends of each.
To make the outer shell, each triangular piece was sewn to the next one to make a circle.
I pinned the head, tail, and legs in place, to the top shell.
With the top shell placed face down on the base, the appendages were tucked in and then I sewed around the circle, leaving a small opening.
Through the small opening, the turtle was turned right side out. (Here is were my seam ripper was put to work over time,until I got the pattern the way I liked it.)
Finally, the shell was stuffed and the opening was hand stitch up.
This project took long than I was hoping, but my little man loves it and that is all that matters.
What type of DIY toys do you make for your kids?