It’s Sew a Softie month, and I’m excited to join over two dozen bloggers posting free, easy-to-sew softie tutorials this month! The Sew a Softie event was created by Trixi Symonds of Coloured Buttons in 2016 as an initiative to encourage those with little to no sewing experience to attempt a fun and simple sewing project! July may be coming to a close, but the fun is nowhere near over! Today, I’m sharing a tutorial for one of my favorite animals—the otter! And tomorrow, Stephanie of Swoodson Says will be posting the last tutorial of July!
Squeakers the Otter comes in two sizes and can be sewn by hand or on the machine. Both are made using the same steps with a few minor exceptions, which are explained below in the tutorial. I made both a 60-second preview and a full length 90-minute video tutorial. In the full length video tutorial, I show each step for sewing the tiny otter, either by hand or on the machine.
To make a full-size otter you’ll need:
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If you sew your otter with natural fleece, I recommend using a 90/14 ball point needle; and if you sew with organic cotton thread, I recommend making your final stitch a stretch stitch (a stretch stitch is fairly permanent, so baste first when needed).
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The images below show how to sew the full-size version of the otter, and the video tutorial above shows how to sew the tiny otter. The tiny otter is made using the same instructions as the large otter with a few exceptions:
The ears are the most difficult part of the tutorial. If you find that they are too tedious to sew, you can cut the ears out of felt instead, or you can leave them out all together. Remember that sewing soft toys should be fun! Feel free to modify your otter to make it easier, and don’t stress over making it perfect. If your ears are a little wonky, or the nose is crooked, it just adds character!
For the whiskers, you can use all-purpose or upholstery thread, or you can use a single strand of embroidery floss. There are a number of ways to attach whiskers, but this is the method that works best for me:
If you’d like to try sewing an otter with organic fabric, I have fabric kits available with just the right amount of hand-dyed organic fabric to complete the project. I also have Pick 2 Kits for sewing both a full-size and a tiny otter.
Check out the other 2018 Sew a Softie tutorials below!
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