I have a fun free pattern for you today. Meet Casey the Crab!
To make Casey the Crab you’ll need:
- 1/4 yard of red fleece (felt, wool, cotton, or other fabrics will work, too)
- 1 pair of 6mm safety eyes (I got mine at Joann’s, but they’re also available here)
- black embroidery floss or Perle cotton, 12-inches
- fiberfill stuffing
- optional: hemostats, freezer paper, and an awl
Note: I love freezer paper. In the U.S. you can purchase a roll for just a few dollars in the aluminum foil aisle of the grocery store. Here I’ll show you my method for using it to easily sew small pieces with accuracy, but if you don’t have freezer paper, don’t worry! Just trace the pattern templates onto your fabric with a fabric marker!
Okay, let’s get started.
Download and print the templates right here.
Trace your templates onto the matte side of a piece of freezer paper.
From red fleece cut two shells (cut along the solid lines and stitch along the dotted lines).
To make the face, transfer the markings for the eyes and mouth onto the right side of one shell piece. Thread an embroidery needle with a 12-inch length of black embroidery floss (use just 3 strands from a piece of 6-ply floss) or Perle cotton. Tie a knot in the end. Chainstitch the mouth, tying off on the wrong side. (Watch my 2-min. video for a refresher on how to chainstitch.)
To affix the safety eyes, use an awl or the tip of a pair of embroidery scissors to poke a hole for each eye. Be careful to only poke a small hole! Push the shank of a 6mm safety eye through one hole, from the front to the back. Slide the washer down the shank so that it’s flush with the fabric. Repeat to attach the other eye. (Watch my 1-min. video for a refresher on how to apply safety eyes.)
I’m going to use my freezer paper method to sew the pincers so I cut my template out on the dotted stitching line. Now cut two pieces of fabric slightly larger than the pincer template and place the fabric right sides together. Press the pincer template on top. For increased accuracy sewing around small curves, set your sewing machine at a short stitch length (I like 1.8).
With the freezer paper still adhered, stitch directly around the pincer leaving two openings as marked. Pull off the freezer paper and trim around the pincer to within 1/8-inch of the stitching line, clipping the seam allowance in the curvy spots.
Turn the pincer right side out. I love hemostats for this job! Repeat to create a second pincer.
I’m using the same freezer paper method to sew the claws so I cut out the claw template around the dotted stitching line. Then I traced the claw template six times.
To sew the claws, cut two pieces of fabric slightly larger than the six claw templates. Place the fabric right sides together. Press all six claw templates on top, leaving some space between each one.
With the freezer paper still adhered, stitch around each claw. Pull the papers off. Trim around the claws to within 1/8-inch of the stitching and clip the seam allowance in the curvy spots. Turn each claw right side out.
To get ready to sew the crab together, baste the claws and pincers to the shell. Notice the position of the claws and pincers.
Pin the second shell piece on top, right sides together. Stitch around the shell, leaving an opening as marked, catching the raw edges of the pincers and claws in the seam. (Be sure to push the ends of the pincers into the body while you’re sewing so that they don’t accidentally get caught in the seam.)
Remove the basting stitches. Clip the seam allowances around the curves. Turn the crab right side out (again, hemostats are awesome for this!).
Stuff the pincers through the small openings left in them. Stuff the crab firmly, being sure there are no lumps or hollow spots. Close the openings with ladder stitch.
Look at this cutie! Give Casey the Crab a big hug and give him to someone special.
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