This week we’ve been reminiscing about our weekend at Port Eliot Festival. It was lovely to meet so many of our customers so we wanted to share our “How To Make A Fabric Fish” workshop with those of you who couldn’t join us! It’s a great rainy day activity, something we seem to be having a lot of at the moment!
You Will Need:
4 different fabrics (felt is best for the head, fins and tail and cotton for the body)
Needle and thread
What To Do:
1. Print out our Fish Shape Template and cut out to give you paper templates.
2. Fold the cotton fabric wrong side to wrong side, lay one body template on the cotton fabric, draw around and cut out using scissors (be careful!). You should now have two cut out cotton body shapes.
3. Lay the two heads, two tails and fin templates on the felt, draw around and cut out using scissors.
4. Trim the top and side fins with pinking shears to create a decorative edge.
5. Pin both sections of tail together and stitch 6 rows up the tail to hold it together and to give a fish tail appearance. Also sew some decorative lines along the top fin.
6. Stitch the side fin on then pin the heads to the outside of the bodies, facing inwards. Stitch on.
7. Fold out the heads and lay the rest of the fins (except tail) on the outside of the bodies. Pin and stitch on to bodies.
8. Fold each side of the tail into the middle and pin it together to hold the shape.
9. Put both halves of the bodies together facing inwards so all the fins match up and when you have sewn around the edge of the fish it will be inside out. Pin together and stitch around the body about 1cm from the edge, leaving a 2 inch gap on the bottom edge so you can turn it right side out and stuff it. When you get to the tail section push the folded tail inside and sew along the edge of the tail to secure it into the body just as you did with the fins.
10. Turn the whole fish the right way out. Bring the tail out first (watch out for that pin!) and then the head.
11. Stuff your fish from the head first, making sure to push the stuffing right into the corners and pad him out into a nice shape.
12. Sew up the stuffing hole.
13. Stitch a button eye on each side.
14. Ta-da! Your finished fish! Why not make a whole shoal like we have in our windows, they look great hung from the ceiling on some clear fishing line.