Making up the Head;
The head is quite a difficult part to complete, obviously it requires packing firmly to show the shape. Once it is full and firm you can sew the neck to the base of the body, it is essential that with all centralised parts you ensure the seam is linked at the back of the character.
Using two straws place a hole in the centre of the body for them to sit ensuring there is enough stuffing below to prevent them popping through the bottom. If you have added the bean bag, it should sit neatly against the top of the bag, however if not an inch of filling below should be sufficient.
Once in place pad around the straws in the neck until firm maintaining the body shape slopes to allow for the shoulders. The straws can then be looped around tightly to restrict the movement in the neck space, after stretching out the rest of the straw you are ready to add the skull.
Making an indent in the filling of the skull, you can post the remaining straw into place and attach the top of the neck to the base of the skull. With equal stitches these should link together perfectly once you have linked the seams at the back. Sew around externally through each loop starting at the back seam and working your way back to the seam, tying off on completion.
The thread can then be pulled taught and cut closely against the fabric to hide the excess thread. The body and head now firmly in position it should be fully supported with the straw holding them up perfectly. This is an important stage for the structure, it is the weakest point of the make as once the straws have been flexed it can become floppy.
The cape has several staggered layers for this I chose to add buttons to secure it without extensive stitching to the body. Using the excess thread secure it to the same position on the opposite side of the decrease. Once the jacket is set in position you can sew the first button tightly into place, after sewing through the eyes, loop around the button and tie through to the back of the button twice and cut off the excess threads.
The second button is positioned at the second decrease, repeat as above sewing through the eyes and tying off at the back. The excess threads on the jacket can now be cut back, however I tend to knot through the knit at the final loop to ensure the panel does not unravel.
As with all makes it is all about the finish, removing the threads once secured to the panels will allow you to cut away without having to reknit which often happens if the cast off knot is loose.
To achieve the best results;
- Ensure your material is knit face out.
- Ensure your positioning is accurate before you attach the pieces.
- Try not to over pack the pieces.
- Leave on all excess thread for the final sewing of the pieces.
- Once secure tightly draw the threads to cut and relax it back inside the finished piece.
Again if you wish to make your own Halloween project today, with this day of the dead inspired character! You will find the website link below, whether you are seasoned or a novice it is worth the time and attention as the nights draw in to create something unique for your family!
AlanDart.co.uk\Holiday knits (Sénor Skeleton) for £2.50.