October 17, 2015

Great A’Tuin In Felt

Filed under: Felt,Sewing — sarah @ 9:05 am

A'Tuin says hi but were are my elephants?

We are all huge Terry Pratchett fans and I decided I was going to make some disc world toys for the kids – this is the Great Star Turtle A’Tuin who carries the Discworld on it’s back. The elephants and disc are still being made 🙂

A'tuin awaiting being turned inside out

I cut out the shapes – this was all free form with the top of the shell being bigger than the tummy shell so that it could be pleated and stand up in a three dimensional shape – I will try and make an actual template to share at some point 🙂

sky turtle cut out and ready to sew

I laid them all out to check it was going to work and then began to sew – I used embroidery silks and the felt for the upper shell has sparkly silver bits in it to represent the stars reflected on the interstellar ice on the star turtles back.

The Great A'Tuin awaiting shell attachment

I sewed the fins, head and tail together first, making sure I left the parts that would attack to the body open so that stuffing could be added. I then turned them inside out so that the stitching was hidden, stuffed them and sewed them onto the lower part of the body/shell.

Star Turtle has some work to go yet

pinched the fabric in on the larger top bit of shell/body so that I could sew a pleat and give it it’s 3D shape, I then stitched it to the main body leaving a small whole for stuffing. Once it was secure I stuffed and and sewed up the remain whole.

Sky turtle with eyes

I sewed two black-brown buttons on for the eyes 🙂

Low light star turtle so you can see the sparkles on the shell

These photos are of the finished turtle with and without the flash on the camera.

Swimming through the cosmos the Great A'Tuin

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