As promised, the Felt Unicorn Tutorial. But first, a little disclaimer... this is the first tutorial I have EVER put together.... I love to craft, but am by no means an expert and my stitching technique is probably highly questionable - so I hope it's alright, please feel free to make suggestions on how to improve it! The project is based on the Felt Horse design from the book Creative Play for Your Toddler by Christopher Clouder and Janni Nicol (a gorgeous book). The basic pattern is almost the same, but I have altered the body and head gusset slightly and added a horn. I had made the Horse for a friend's little boy and it was very well received. My girls have been getting really interested in Unicorns lately - and as I had planned a 'Rainbows and Unicorns themed birthday party I thought I would alter the pattern and make some Unicorns as gifts. Even though the party plans changed the girls still loved their Unicorns! These unicorns were customised to align with my girls' VERY specific favourite colours please feel free to choose your own colour combinations!.
You will need:
- An A4 sheet of white felt (for the body)
- Scraps of coloured felt for the horn and inner ears
- White embroidery floss
- Embroidery Needle
- Wool Roving or Polyester cushion filling for stuffing (I used Polyfill, because it was what I had on hand)
- Knitting Yarn in your chosen colour (my girls chose the yarn - probably because there was glitter woven through it!)
- Cotton Thread in a contrasting colour to the felt you are using for a horn.
- Sewing needle
Begin by cutting out your pattern pieces. The Unicorn body should be roughly 16cm head to tail and 10cm head to hoof. You will need: Two body pieces. Two inside leg pieces. Four hoof pieces. Two outer ear pieces. Two contrasting inner ear pieces. One head gusset/forelock. One horn piece. You could cut out eye pieces too, but I didn't bother...
|Two leg pieces are already sewn together in this picture!|
To make the horn: Fold over the triangle and stitch down the length to create a cone shape.
Turn the cone inside out and stuff with a small amount of Polyfill. A knitting needle is really helpful for this.
Next, take a sewing needle with contrasting cotton thread and thread through the middle of the cone and out through the point.
|This one turned out nicer :)|
Then stitch up the neck and chest, making sure to stuff the body, head, neck and chest firmly before closing.
Stitch the inner ear to the outer ear, (or glue with PVA, if you prefer) and sew firmly onto the head on either side of the horn. You can add eyes now too, if you like.
To make the tail, wind a length of knitting yarn around four fingers 12-15 times (depending on how thick your yarn is). Sew this loop to the rear end of the horse. Wind a length of yarn around the sewn on area and tie off. Cut through the loop at the end of the tail and trim to neaten.
To make the mane, Repeat this process with smaller loops and trim to neaten - or leave all wild 80's Rockstar like I've done;)
And that's it - You have made a magical Unicorn! Now, go play!!
By the way, this is how the horse turned out, if you fancy making one of those instead!
I used cotton yarn for the mane and tail on this one and a contrasting embroidery floss. He was lovely and soft.