|Dawww, that face.|
|He's quite plump, as befits a manatee.|
|I chose to make him in this "pose" because it looks a little bit more like Barbara Manatee.|
Want to make your own manatee? I've put my pattern up for download here. Please note that it is meant for personal use only, and not for commercial purposes (i.e. don't make them to sell!), and it goes without saying that you should not put up the pattern on your own site and/or claim it as your own.
I've added an alternate snout option on the pattern, which is more biologically correct but 1) more difficult, and 2) IMHO, less cute. Then again, that might just be the fact that I sewed it on off-center...
|So sad and derpy.|
Anyway, if you've never sewed a plushie before, I actually remembered to take pictures of the process!
|Sew the flippers and tail pieces together, right sides together.|
|Flip them right side out, then fill the tail with beans or poly beads.|
|I used a leftover PVC fitting from my Loki staff as a funnel.|
|If you use rice or beans, it'll be cheaper, but the poly beads are waterproof.|
|Sew the center back seam. You should leave a gap in the middle for turning it all right side out at the end, but I forgot to do so here. I had to go back and use my seam ripper.|
|I used a narrow zigzag stitch with a very short stitch length to embroider the eyes on the front piece, then I cut a hole for the snout.|
|The alternative snout piece was a little tricky to join since it was so small.|
|After it's stitched, turned, and nostrils are embroidered.|
|Hand-stitch the snout piece to the front piece, right sides together. I started by just matching up one edge, and slowly bringing the sides together as I worked my way around.|
|Here's what it looks like inside.|
|At this point I may or may not have screamed a bit because it was off-center.|
|Baste the tail and flippers onto the front piece.|
|Sew the front to the back pieces, right sides together.|
|Flip the manatee right side out! Laugh at how flat he is.|
|Stuff him up with poly-fil.|
|I also added some poly beads to the butt area so that he could sit up properly.|
|Stitch up his butt and you're done! I like using the ladder stitch.|
I didn't use stash fabric for this manatee (it being for a friend and all), but I think this pattern would still work well for scrapbusting. I only used a 10"x24" piece of fabric to make each one. If you do use this pattern, let me know how it works for you!
|Manatee and Sewasaurus are friends: sounds like a more interesting book than Frog and Toad Are Friends. I know, I was supposed to give away the dinosaur, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.|