Monday, July 17, 2017

Little Llama Softie Sew a Long - Cutting the Pieces

Welcome to the Little Llama sew a long! I am blown away by all of the excitement of the sew a long. This is going to be fun. So a little reminder about the giveaway, etc. and then we'll get to cutting out the fabrics.

I will choose a random winner from Instagram and a random winner from Facebook who has posted a picture of their llama or llama in progress. Each winner will receive a 50.00 Jennifer Jangles gift certificate. The hashtag to use is #littlellamasoftie  You can tag me on Instagram as well. For Facebook, you can tag me or post your photo to my Jennifer Jangles page. You can post as many different photos that you would like.


I will announce the winners on July 28th (2017) so if you can't sew day to day with us, this will give you time to finish up.

As we sew, if you have questions, you can ask them here in the comments and then when I answer, everyone will benefit from seeing the answer as well. And by all means, leave me a comment to let me know how your little friend is coming along.

Let's get started! Today we are going to cut out all of the pieces. 

First, you are going to want to cut out all of the paper pattern pieces. You can cut exactly on the line or loosely around the lines, it doesn't matter.

You will need 2 body pieces cut out with right sides facing, 2 ears with right sides facing, and 2 tail pieces with right sides facing cut from the main body fabric. If you are using a quilting cotton or a minky fabric, you can place two layers of fabric together and cut the two layers together. You want to make sure that the right sides of the fabric are together or the back side of the fabric are facing. The ensure that you get to "mirrored" fabric pieces. If you are cutting a thinker fur, keep reading before you cut. You can see how I arranged my pieces above, those two smaller pieces fit perfectly over the back of the llama to conserve fabric.

Pin the paper pieces through both of the layers of fabric. Cut the pieces out on the black outer line.

If you are using a heavier faux fur or something with a nap. You'll want to cut one layer at a time. Before laying out the pieces think about which way you will want the fabric to lie once it is sewn. For the llama body I want the fabric nap to run down. You can see it in the above photo.

Pin the piece in place. You're ready to cut. Heres a short little video showing how I cut fur to keep as much of it on your softie as you can. Plus it helps keep the fur off your sewing room floor.


Now that you have the first side cut,  you'll need to cut a second side. Flip your paper pattern piece over so the writing side is facing the front side of your fabric. This way you will get the mirrored piece.

For the tail, I decided to have the fur go up and off of it. Cut two tail pieces just as you dd the body pieces.

And last, are the ear pieces, they need to be mirror pieces as well, but these will be the two ear backs.

You will need to cut one snout from felt. That's easy, right?

From quilting cotton, you need to cut two sets of legs and 1 set of ears. You'll do this just as we did the quilting cotton body pieces above with the right sides together. This will make it so you end up with 4 leg pieces total.

Okay! So lets recap what you should have cut out for the llama...

___ 2 body pieces
___ 2 ear pieces from the body fabric
___ 2 tail pieces
___ 2 ear pieces from the inner ear fabric
___ 2 sets of legs from the leg fabric
___ 1 snout from felt

I hope that is manageable for today, I can't wait to see what fabrics you have chosen to sew your #littlellamasoftie from. I will be looking for your photos.

See you back here tomorrow and we'll start sewing.

Have a great day,

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  1. woohoo! I'll be cutting today. Thanks for the video, I haven't worked with fur in years!

  2. Yay! I used to make a lot more softies with fur, especially teddy bears when they were all the rage.


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