A Wee Tutorial

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The world needs more cute! Make your own Wee to join these gals.

Trying to explain how-to is not my strong suit so hopefully this will all make some sense.

You’ll need fabric for the body, face and bottom. Weighted filler and stuffing. Embroidery floss and trim. Print out the pattern. It’s on a 1" grid.

(Note on seam allowances. Your seam allowance will change depending on how big the trim you use is and how much of it you want it to show. How the base will fit onto the body will be determined on how big the seam allowance is. Sometimes the base and bottom with line up exactly, more often the base will be larger. This should make sense once you get going. If in doubt, just fudge it. That’s how I get them done.)

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Pin the trim to the inner edge of the right side of one of the three sides.

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Sew trim to side leaving as much of the trim to show as you’d like. (see note above on seam allowances)

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Do the same with the trim on the other side.

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Pin another third to side with trim and sew just inside the existing stitching.

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Do same to the last third.

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Sew up the last 2 sides leaving a gap for stuffing.

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Pin the bottom and sew. (see note above on seam allowances)

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Fill the bottom with weighted something. I used the fancy plastic pellets this time but the lentils I used on the others are actually heavier and worked just as well and are cheaper.

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Stuff.

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Blindstitch the gap together.

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Applique face on front. This can be done before assembling if you like. I think there are many different ways to applique, this is how I do it. Sew about 1/4" in front edge and clip edges…

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pin face to body, fold sides under as you go and sew down at stitching using a slipstitch and then when I’m done I remove the machine stitching.

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Now you’re ready to embellish. Some eyes and a mouth, some design around the face, a little blusher. And I like to name mine and embroider it all wonky on the butt.

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Use as you please. Toddlers love them because they’re weighted like bean bags. They’d make excellent paperweights, companions in the sewing room, pincushions? They’re also good for letting out political frustration. Even if you don’t agree with my sentiment you have to admit that was an excellent shot! Throwing with my left while holding the camera in my right. I even missed the other guy. (Of course I was throwing things at the tv for about 10 minutes before I finally got the shot.)

Happy sewing! If anyone does make one I’d love to see! Please email me photos … hillarylang at gmail dot com.

30 thoughts on “A Wee Tutorial

  1. Amber says:

    When I read “political frustration,” after I read, “pin cushion,” I was thinking you were going to show a Bush version jammed with pins. A little political voodoo if you will. Very cute though!

  2. hillary says:

    hooray! Sunni it’s adorable! Thank you so much for the instant gratification. Such pretty fabric and I love the pinking. Great idea! I’m so pleased the pattern actually worked for someone.

  3. dawn says:

    Oh Hillary, thanks so much for the pattern and tutorial. I’m going to work on mine tonight and will send you a photo when it is done! Hmmmm, now to find room on my craft table for my sewing maching…

  4. rhya says:

    i can’t wait to try this pattern out! but it has to wait till december, since my fingers are weak from sewing a million monsters.
    lovign the wee.
    cheers
    r

  5. Carrie says:

    What fun! I can’t wait to whip up a wee this weekend. I even bought a couple Ginger Bliss fat quarters this morning that will be great for this project!!! 馃檪 Thanks for the nice pattern and tutorial… I can’t wait to see all the different interpretations.

  6. Brandie says:

    Thanks for the wee tutorial – i was trying to find a use for my teeny-tiny fabric scraps. My girls will love these! I laughed out loud at your political frustration venting – imagining you throwing and trying to take the picture. Ha ha.

  7. Linda says:

    I’ve just spent an hour pouring over your site. SO INSPIRING. I’m a jaded Art Director in Advertising and have been looking for a new creative outlet.
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  8. Mary says:

    ohmygosh these are so cute!! I only have a ga-zillion other things on my plate right now…and NO sewing machine – but oh how I would love an afternoon free to at least try to make one.
    thank you for your generous spirit and similar political leanings :o)
    Cheers!
    Mary

  9. sam says:

    this is really cute and I actually turned your pattern into a penguin and a dragon and they turned out really good! Thanks for the ideas!

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