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SMILING SLUGS

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PROJECT CHECKLIST

  • cream, beige or brown colored felt

  • scissors

  • sewing needle

  • light colored thread for assembling

  • black thread for face details

  • beads for eyes (optional)

  • batting for stuffing

FREE PDF PatterN

Sewing Level: MEDIUM

Who knew a bucket of slugs could be so adorable. These cuties are inspired by poor Ron who stood up for his dear friend but cursed himself with the Slug-vomiting Charm.  EAT SLUGS! Actually, don't eat these ones because they are TOO CUTE!

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LET'S GET SEWING

Print out the free PDF file of the slug pattern provided and cut out the pattern pieces of the body, face and antenna. Use pattern to cut out your felt pieces.

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Pin the bottom end of the slug face to its body and begin assembling using back stitches along the bottom as shown below.

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Continue back stitching the body piece along the edge of the face piece and stop a short distance from the center of the top of the face as shown below.

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Sew on the two antenna pieces by crossing them over and placing them on the front face piece as shown below.  It helps a lot to stitch these small antenna pieces in place before continuing with your back stitches to attach the rest of the slug body to the face.  Stop stitching when you reach the center of the top of the slug face. 

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Continue assembling the other side of the slug body to the edge of the face using back stitches, this time going in the opposite direction from your first set of stitches.  Stop stitching at the center of the top of the slug face, when the end of the body piece reaches its opposite end.  If you want, trim off the end of the antenna pieces to keep things neat.  

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Make back stitches as shown below at the head and tail end of the body, leaving a gap in the middle that's wide enough (roughly 4cm or 1.5 inches) to flip the felt inside out. 

OPTIONAL: You can trim off the excess felt near your stitches as shown below which helps to smooth out the edges of your slug after the felt is flipped inside out. 

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When flipping your felt inside out, you can use the ends of scissors or the back of a pencil to push out the ends. 

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Sew on embroidery details for the eyes and mouth before stuffing your slug with batting.  Use the back of a pencil with an eraser head to help push the batting into your slug. 

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STITCHING STEPS TO CLOSE YOUR PROJECT

Stuff with batting until you are happy with the puffiness of your slug.  To begin closing the opening, insert your sewing needle in and out of the outside edge as shown below and draw the thread through.

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Repeat the same stitch at the opposite end and draw the thread through.

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Repeat this same stitch to the opposite end and continue this stitch until you reach the end, making sure that you pull your thread tightly (taking care that you don't break your thread) so that your closing stitches are hidden and tidy.

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For extra cuteness, I added a little color of blush on the cheeks using a marker. 

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