Monday, 23 May 2011

Sewing Tuesday: Schneeky Schnake.

Hi there!
This week I'm going to show you how to make this Schneeky Schnake. He's hiding, in camouflage against my red curtains at the moment. 

 You can see him a bit better here. He likes to hide and climb so it took a while to get him to keep still!

You will need:

  • Two sheets of different coloured felt, patterned if you like, about 20cm by 20cm should be enough.
  • A scrap of red felt for the tongue.
  • Scissors.
  • Thread to match one of the colours of felt.
  • Some paper, mine's orange, yours doesn't have to be orange.
  • Two beads for eyes.
  • A needle.
  • Some pins.
  • A pencil.
  • Some stuffing, cotton wool works fine if you don't have any toy stuffing.

Step 1. 
Body parts.
Draw a snakey looking spiral on your paper like mine below, it's about 10cm by 15cmish. Start in the centre and work your way out. Draw a round head shape on the end. It doesn't have to be exactly like mine, just make sure you don't make the lines too close together, it'll be hard to sew if they're close together.
Draw a forked tongue too, like a bubble-writing letter Y.

 Cut around the outside of the spiral shape and the tongue.

Put one piece of your coloured felt on top of the other to make two layers. If you are using patterned felt, make sure the pattern is on the outside so you can see it. Pin the spiral to the two layers of coloured felt, use quite a few pins.
Pin the tongue shape to the scrap of red felt and cut it out.

When you cut out the spiral, cut along all of the lines round and round in to the middle of the spiral.

It should end up looking like this:

Take out the pins and put the paper to one side, you could use it again later to make another schnake. I have a folder full of paper patterns that I might use again!
Replace the pins through the two layers of schnake like this:

Step 2.
Decide which side of the schnake is going to be the belly and which will be the top. I went for a spotty top and a yellow belly, he's not a scaredy schnake though! He's brave and adventurous.
Sew the beads on to the top side of the head, hiding the knots on the inside. He looks happy to see us!

Sandwich the end of the tongue in between the two layers and put a pin through to hold it still.

Step 4.
Sewing up.
Start near the head on the inside of the spiral's curve, hiding the knot in between the two layers. Use doubled thread and over stitch to sew around towards the tongue.

When you get to the tongue, go through it like in the picture below.
Carry on sewing around the schnake's edge until you get to the tail. This might take a while, it's good if you have a friend to chat to while you sew, maybe you could show your friend what to do so they can make one too!

Step 5.
When you get to the tail with your stitches, keep going around the pointed end of his tail but stop after about 1cm. Get a tiny pinch of stuffing and using a pencil poke it in to the end of his tail.

 Poke it right in there.

Then sew a little further, for about 1cm more, still using over stitch.

Stop sewing and stuff a bit more stuffing in using your pencil.

Sew another 1cm or so and stuff a bit more stuffing in, keep doing this, sew and stuff, sew and stuff, sew and stuff. Keep going until you get near to where you started your stitches at the side of the head.

Don't sew up the hole until you've stuffed the head! Finish off with a knot, make it as small as you can to hide it away.

 Finished! Hey Schneeky Schnake! Not so fast! Phew, caught him.

We went for a tour of the house. He liked being a necklace.

I dropped him off on the stairs to visit a friend!

How did your schnake turn out? Is he as schneeky as mine?
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  1. Those are adorable! I love the stitching on the outside. Thanks for sharing how to make them!

  2. That is just too cute! I may need to make these for the grandson's.

  3. Me gustó mucho y se ve fácil hacer. Gracias.

  4. Ooo I want a schnake! I was suggested a green one would be nice:))

  5. Awww, this is gorgeous! <3 Great idea, I'll definitely try that!

  6. cool idea! thanks for sharing it, I'll try and make one with my kids in the summer holidays :)

  7. Super lindo!!!!
    Muchas gracias
    Un gran abrazo desde Lima-Peru

  8. Muito linda. Obrigada por compartilhar.

  9. So cute! And a great tutorial. I hope to see more of these fun snakes!

  10. aww .. such a cute snake :D

  11. Cute! Easy enough that my kids can make their own.


  12. Hey! Thanks so much for all of the lovely comments! Glad you like the Schneeky Schnake!

  13. I LOVE your cute snakes and I will try making one this weekend. Marion x

  14. amei essa cobra... lindo tutorial...

  15. So excited ! I have just made a green sneeky snake on my sewing machine. I have put his eyes on and just need to stuff him as he is looking very thin. He isn't as cute as yours but I will put a photo of him on my blog with a link to your tutorial when he has been fed ..... with stuffing :)

  16. Yay! Great! Can't wait to see it!

  17. Love it, thanks for sharing!


  18. Really cute project! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Yay! Thanks to craft gossip for the post!

  20. He is so CUTE! I am SO going to make one of these, probably more than one! AWESOME!

  21. These are really FUN!! Fabulous tutorial too! You are a Talented lady. :)

  22. cute snake, thanks for sharing the tutorial too