A super-easy felt pig, in honor of the Year of the Pig, sewn entirely flat.
We celebrated the Year of the Pig here by having char siu (roast pork), which seems somehow wrong. So to make it up to the pigs, here's a pig plushie, and to make it up to everyone boggled by the apparent complexity of the sun conure, it's about as simple as can be.
First, print the pattern out at 75 dpi (that works out to 10.28" high, though just "fit to page" should be close enough)
Trace the outside of the pattern onto a piece of felt (wrong side, if it has one). I used fancy-pants wool-blend felt for one, and by-the-yard plush felt for the other, but you'll notice he fits onto a 9x12 piece of craft felt too. Put a second sheet of felt under that (right sides together, if you're using plush felt or something else with a right/wrong side), and sew on the line, all the way around. If you're using felt that you can't trace onto, trace the pattern onto tearaway stabilizer (or even newsprint/dishwrap) and sew through it.
Trim around the stitching, 1/4" away or so, and clip all the seam allowances just short of the stitching lines on the inside curves, especially the inside points.
Carefully cut a slit through one layer of the felt where the snout will go, and gently turn the pig through the slit. Stuff the arms and legs and sew on the
dotted gray lines (including the ears, which aren't stuffed) to make joints. A zipper foot helps here. Stuff the head and body.
Whipstitch the slit closed (scary looking, huh?), then cut an oval for the snout piece and whipstitch it on, stuffing it lightly just before you finish.
Stitch the eyes - two beads - on just above the snout. As desired, embroider eyebrows, nostrils (I couldn't find my black floss, so I made a last-minute pattern change), and a belly button.
Cut a circle of felt about two inches around, then cut it into a spiral. Round the outside end and whipstitch to the pig's back. Or use the same tail technique as given in the Teddy Pig pattern. Optionally, tie a kerchief or ribbon around his/her neck.
Tracy (no webpage given) emailed me a picture of a five-pound version of the Golden Pig that would make any Arkansas Razorback fan proud.
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