Introduction: Felt Sewn Watermelon Slices Toy
Hello! Welcome to my Instructable :D
I'm on winter break right now and I love to DIY, so it was the perfect opportunity to create something! I had a bunch of felt lying around and the first project that popped into my head was to make some-sort of cute fruit plushie.
In the end I decided on a berry (watermelons are berries! :P) with a twist:
The slices are able to attract to each other and connect using magnets!
Hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays :D
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Step 1: Video
I made a video to accompany this instructable. Hope it helps. :)
Step 2: Materials
You will need:
Felt (two sheets of dark pink/red, one to two sheets of dark green, one sheet of light pink, one sheet of black)
Yarn/String (doesn't matter what kind)
Paper (any kind)
A round object (the size you want your final watermelon to be)
Something to write with
Step 3: Plan Making: Materials
First ready your scissors, pen, paper, yarn, and round object.
Step 4: Plan Making: Math
Use a piece of yarn to measure around your round object.
Calculate the height of your sphere: circumference = pi times diameter
Calculate your circumference over the number of slices you want to make (I am making 6)
See images to put all these numbers together to make a 2D plan--don't forget to add some seam allowance.
Step 5: Plan Making: Templates
Cut the plans out.
Step 6: Cut the Parts Out of Felt
Use your plans to cut out the required number of pieces for your project.
For mine: half circles (dark pink felt) 12 and diamonds green felt: 6
For other: half circles: 2n and diamonds: n
n= the number of slices you want to make up one full watermelon
Step 7: An Overlay Piece
Now make a plan for the light pink felt that will line/be overlain over the dark pink face.
Cut out one of these lining pieces for every dark-pink half circle.
Step 8: Sewing the Faces
Sew the lining piece onto the dark pink price with the edges lined up. Make sure the stitch is close to the inside edge (see pictures).
Then, cut off some of the extra dark pink from the back, leave enough for the joint to still be strong.
Step 9: Gluing Seeds
Make a plan for a seed, cut out 36 of these (or 6n).
Glue 3 seeds per face of each face piece (on the "pretty" side) Put it under something heavy and let the glue dry. I used Glossy Accents glue.
You could also possibly use sticky felt for this.
Also, this is a good time to draw a darker green strip down the middle of the green pieces. I used a watercolor marker to do this.
Step 10: Assembling a Slice
Each slice will be two face pieces and one green piece.
Start by attaching one face piece to a green piece. flip both over till their "not pretty side" faces outward, sew together, then flip inside out so your stitches are invisible.
Flip back to not pretty state, and add the second piece (again flipped "not pretty side" faces outward) and sew the straight edges together, leaving a gap for stuffing*, then sew it to the green piece.
When done, flip inside out and admire your work.
*I left the gap in the curved area and that was a mistake and difficult to sew back up, you should probably leave the gap in the straight edge.
Step 11: Adding Magnets
Add magnets to the inside on both sides, beneath the seeds.
My magnets where already sticky so I stuck them on and reinforced with a piece of duct tape. Make sure they alternate sides between slices so they can stick together (test it out before you put the magnet in).
Step 12: Stuffing
Stuff your slices with stuffing!
Step 13: Sewing Up the Hole
I wasn't sure how to cleanly sew up the open seam on my slices. I tried some different ways but they weren't very neat. I think this is the by far best stitch to use and a very helpful video (not my video, all credits go to the original creator):
Step 14: You're Done!
Step 15: Things to Improve On
Next time I would make my hand sewing neater, get slightly stronger magnets (maybe even more of them), and put the hole for the stuffing in a different place.
Thank you for reading :D