Step 13: Stripes

The two bottom-most stripes on the both the arms and legs, and the five stripes on the tail are all made from 3/4" strips of fleece.

The upper-most stripes on the legs were made from strips that were about 1/2" wide.

All other stripes were custom made as I went along, but I've included them in the PDF pattern. (You're welcome!)

Hand stitching on all of the stripes is a tedious process, but it's rewarding each time you see a newly completed stripe and you're one step closer to a completed Hobbes.

In the pattern, I've numbered and labled all the stripes to help you know where to put them. Note that the first stripe below the neck stripe is number 1 in the pattern, and so on down his back. Note that depending on the placement of your arms and legs, you may need to make adjustments to the size and shape of the back stripes, mainly numbers 1, 2, and 6.

The tail is the one piece of the body I left off until the very end. It was easier to sew the stripes onto it first, and then attach it to the body after.

Take a close look at all of the photos for placement of the stripes.


For anyone having trouble finding the link to the pattern, here it is:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/files/orig/F64/GAC3/H994XNS2/F64GAC3H994XNS2.pdf" rel="nofollow">seamster's Stuffed Hobbes Pattern</a><br>
I made this for my nephew who is one. I'll be sending a red and black striped t shirt also! Hopefully it'll be his Halloween costume:)
<p>Fantastic, thank you for sharing the photo!</p>
<p>This looks like a great gift! I have never hand stitched before, so I'm wondering what kind of commitment I'd be getting into to get one of these ready for Christmas?</p>
<p>I'd say plan on about 10 hours of labor. Spread that out over a couple weeks, and exercise some determination and you can do it! :)</p>
<p>What does place on fold mean?</p>
<p>It means that the pattern piece is 1/2 of what the final piece of fabric should be. Fold the fabric in half, place the pattern piece with the indicated edge "on the fold" and then cut out the fabric. You open it up and it's a full-sized piece. Hope that helps! :)</p>
<p>It does, thanks!</p>
<p>Thanks for this! I had a ton of fun making this</p>
<p>Fantastic! I love seeing photos of peoples' Hobbeses. Thank you for taking the time to share these. Glad you found it and were able to make one. It always makes me smile :)</p>
<p>This was my first time ever making something like this. I'm not unhappy with how he turned out, but I might try it again because I definitely learned a lot and got a better handle on hand-sewing by the time I was finished. I embroidered the eyes instead of worrying with trying to grind down buttons. Also would make it safer if it were being made for a young child (no choking hazard)</p>
Reinterpreted as a lioness for someone who likes lionesses
<p>Looks good! And I have to say, this is the first lioness I've seen from my Hobbes pattern. Looks good, thank you for the photo! :)</p>
This was the first project of this kind I have done and am so happy with it! Thank you so much for the amazing pattern. Hopefully my baby niece appreciates it when she gets a bit older :)
<p>Excellent! Thanks for sharing the photo. </p><p>I'm sure your niece will love and appreciate her Hobbes. If she doesn't, just go ahead and steal him back for yourself!! ;)</p>
<p>First of all, I don't sew. I don't own a sewing machine, didn't even have a real needle and thread until now. It took me while as everything was sewn by hand but I am so amazed at how he came out! Thank you for the awesome pattern and instructions! My son, who is actually a lot like Calvin and quotes him regularly, is going to be so excited! </p>
<p>You're very welcome! </p><p>Your Hobbes turned out looking great, especially considering it was your first sewing project. Glad you found my pattern and were able to make one. Thanks for the photo and great comment. It always makes my day to see stuff like this! :) </p>
My son is thrilled with his Hobbes. Thanks so much for the instructions! (I changed the leg position per my son's request) Great pattern!
<p>Awesome! Looks like a great Hobbes, and one happy kid. Glad you found my pattern and were able to make one - thank you for the photo!! : D</p>
<p>My dad - a longtime C&amp;H fan - has been asking me to make one of these for years, and a few weeks ago I finally got around to looking up patterns. This one was by far the most realistic-looking, so I decided to try it. My first thoughts after reading the warnings about it being &quot;extremely time-consuming&quot; and requiring &quot;a lot of hand stitching&quot; were <em>Phsh! I'm a hand-stitching master and it can't possibly</em>-</p><p>Yeah. I was wrong. So, <em>so</em> many blanket stitches! That first thought was definitely hubris. Plus I don't have a machine, so lots of hand stitching all around. It wasn't a terrible experience at all, though. I mean, I got to hug a stuffed animal for hours on end while sewing on its stripes. Who can say no to that? </p><p>Commenting on the pattern in general, the cut-out shapes were nearly perfect (and very easy to alter even when they didn't quite line up), and the directions were clear and easy to follow. Unlike the end result of many other stuffed animal patterns, the limbs were so secure when I finished that I doubt they will ever need re-sewing, so the author's suggestion to sew around and around with invisible stitches was a good one. </p><p>A few alterations I made: Rather than use 3/4 in. stripes, I used 1/2-5/8 in. on the limbs and slightly thinner strips on the tail, and trimmed down the shaped stripes by about 1/8 in. I also didn't stuff it as tightly as is shown in the original pattern, so it's sort of limp and floppy. For the tail, I filled a little cloth pouch with glass microbeads and sewed it shut, then dropped it into the tail tip before adding the stuffing. Most of the alterations were just personal preference, and they weren't at all difficult to make. </p><p>Overall, this was a wonderful pattern! Many thanks to the creator for designing and posting it.</p>
<p>Nicely done! I'm glad you found the pattern and were able to make a Hobbes for your dad. Thank you for sharing the results, as well as all the tips! :)</p>
<p>Thanks for the pattern. This was my 1st project and wanted to take my time and make something cool. :) </p>
<p>Nice work! Thank you for sharing the photo of your Hobbes! :)</p>
<p> nice</p>
<p>Thanks a ton seamster!<br>I used this guide to make Hobbes and then started traveling the world with him. I linked the full story with lots of pictures below.</p><p>Let's go exploring!</p><p><br><a href="http://intothemild.co/2015/08/26/in-search-of-a-travel-companion/" rel="nofollow">http://intothemild.co/2015/08/26/in-search-of-a-tr...</a></p>
<p>Thanks for the fantastic instructions! Between my mom and myself, we managed to get Hobbes done for our Calvin's first birthday. </p>
<p>Excellent!</p><p>Glad you found this and were able to make a Hobbes. The fuzzy bits look awesome, and those eyes are mesmerizing! Nice work! :)</p>
<p>What is the orange material</p>
All of the fabric used for this is polar fleece. Please see step 1 for details.
<p>I made Hobbes for my son about 18 months ago. Since then we have given him a fez like Doctor Who, made him a member of the Green Lantern Corps, and had many adventures! </p>
<p>Ha! Very nice!</p><p>He looks about the same as the Hobbes I made - all pilled up and well-traveled. Great photos, thanks a bunch for sharing. It always makes my day to see people's Hobbeses :)</p>
<p>Hi, </p><p>what size Hobbes does this pattern make?</p><p>And if I want to make a bigger Hobbes how exactly do I expand this pattern?</p><p>Please reply soon.</p>
<p>The pattern will produce a Hobbes that is about 16 inches tall. </p><p>To scale it up, one way would be to just photocopy each page of the pattern and enlarge them all the same percentage, and print them out on larger paper.</p>
<p>Thank you for your quick response. To make a slightly bigger Hobbes I printed the pattern on A3 sheets. On what paper size was the 16 inches Hobbes pattern printed on? A4 sheets?</p>
<p>I had to look up <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size" target="_blank">paper sizes</a> . . I had no idea there were so many different sizes depending on where you live! </p><p>I used standard North American letter size paper, which is 8.5 x 11 inches.</p>
<p>I made a super sized one, thanks very much for uploading the patterns. </p>
<p>Sorry for the re-post didn&acute;t know how to attach the photo o.o</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>How did you make this huge one? How exactly did you resize the original measurements?</p><p>Please reply soon.</p>
<p>That is a very large Hobbes. Nice work!</p>
<p>Thank you for an awesome pattern. I have been nervous to use my sewing machine but I was so excited about this project and your directions were so clear I had to do it My son was Calvin at Wonder Con this year and the Hobbes was a big hit. Can't wait to see how the crowds at Comic Con like him.</p>
<p>That's awesome to hear! Thank you for the great comment and photo. I love it every time I see a photo from someone who makes their own Hobbes. It totally makes my day!</p><p>Be sure tell anyone that asks where they can find the pattern :) </p>
<p>Can't help myself, I went and made 3 more, up to 9 Hobbes' now and enough material to make one or two more</p>
<p>Oh, and I had a shirt made too ! :)</p>
<p>This is awesome on so many layers. Fantastic work. </p><p>Who will be the lucky recipient of all these Hobbeses?</p>
<p>Thanks, 5 have already been given away,I kept the first one of course :) ,I'm just not sure who will get the remaining ones, it's a freeforall lol</p>
What a great project! He took me forever but this was so rewarding.
<p>Hobbes loves the beaches in Mexico!</p>
<p>Fantástico!</p><p>Your Hobbes looks great, thank you for sharing the photo! </p>

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