Creative Saturdays – Stuffed Tadeo Turtle
I have been busy making stuffed Tadeos to take to a conference next weekend. I thought you might be interested to see how I make them. I am not a seamstress. I learned to sew in Home Economics a long time ago and have sewn some things during the years. (Maternity clothes, Hallowe’en outfits, pyjamas, and doll clothes). Other than that my sewing is repair jobs, which my husband says takes a long time to happen.
1. Cut out the pieces using these patterns.
2. Here are 2 of the pieces for the shell. You will need 4 all together.
4. Put both sides together and sew along the top edge. You will now have the top to the turtle shell.
5. Now continue to sew the feet, the head and the tail, by putting the pieces right side together. This is all the pieces ready to turn right side out.
6. Make sure you turn all the pieces right side out. Of course the head is missing. Then stuff them with cotton batting.
6. Leave out the head. Pin all the appendages inside the shell. Right sides together with the top and bottom shell. Sew 1/4 inch around the whole turtle but leave room for where the head will go. You can now start the birthing process.
7. The first out will be the front feet, then the back feet, then the tail. Take it slowly and be gentle.
10. Stuff the turtle and place head in the hole.
11. Now sew the head in place. It was hard to hold and take this picture. I also turn the head around and fold it back and sew it again to get it to stand up right.
Please check out more about the book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24 page curriculum is available if you ask.
For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.
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