Blue the Whale Soft Toy Patterns

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The content and/or images from this page are to be used for a personal nature only.

 

Items created from the Free Blue the Whale Patterns are not to be mass produced and sold for personal gain in any way.

The Handmade with Love Project

Little Blue the Whale and Big Blue the Whale are very easy to make. If you are a beginner sewer this Whale Soft Toy is a very simple one for you to make. Made in exactly the same way as the Scottie Dog featured on this Website.

 

Before you begin this Whale Pattern,  read through the Scottie Dog Tutorial. Use the images which show you how to make the Scottie Dog, as a guide to get your head around how this Soft Toy is put toegther. 

Permission is given for these Whale Soft Toys to be mass produced only for The Handmade with Love Project. Toys made must be sent through the Project to be donated to the noniated Hospital (s) which are involved with this Project.

 

To find out how you can 'make & donate' a soft toy to a sick child at the Children's Hospital, click on the Heart image on the right. Your Soft Toy donation will brighten a child's hospital stay and aid in their recovery.

 

Finished Size: 6 inches X 10 inches

Little Blue the Whale

Download and print off the Pattern.

Finished Size: 8 inches X 13 1/2 inches

Big Blue the Whale

Download and print off the Pattern.

 

Additional Requirements:

 

For the Whales Features

White fabric with a black dot. A small piece is required for the Pupil of the Eye.

 

Woolen-Felts or Acrylic Felt- I prefer to use a Woolen-Felt blend. Woolen-Felt doesn’t melt as easily when exposed to the heat of the iron and are of a much better quality to use for Soft Toys. You will need a colour for the Outer Eye(s) and cream or white for backing the white fabric with a back dot which will be the Pupil in the Eye.

 

A small piece of fabric for the Fin and felt to back the Fin. Felt for the other features you choose like the heart, teardrop or little fish shape. Choose colour felts which complement the fabric used on the Body of your Whale.

 

Use the Pattern Sheet as a guide to determine the exact amount required for each of the features. The features on the Pattern Sheets are to scale. They are the actual size they will be on your Whale.

 

DMC Embroidery Threads- Choose colour threads to match each of the colours of the Woolen-Felt you have chosen for the features. The DMC Threads will be used to Blanket-Stitch around each feature piece and to hand-sew the features onto the Whale's body.

 

Fusible Webbing- Enough to make all the Whale's features e.g. the Outer Eye(s), the Pupil, the Fin and any other features you choose to decorate your Whale with. Please refer to Pattern Sheet Applique Pieces to work out the exact amount required. The Applique Features on the Pattern Sheet are to scale.

 

For the Water Spout

Three lengths of woven ribbon: One piece for the centre- 5 1/2 inches long, and two pieces which sit either side- 5 inches long. (I prefer not to use Satin Ribbon as it can tear easily.)

 

Additional Supplies- A Lead Pencil, Tracing Paper or Baking Paper, Sewing Machine with a ¼ inch foot. Cotton thread for the Sewing Machine which matches the colour of the fabric chosen for the Body. You will need Dress Making Scissors, an Embroidery Needle, a Stuffing Tool or a new Wooden Paint Brush with the bristles cut off for turning and stuffing. Polyester Fill for stuffing the Whale.

 

Making the Ribbon Water Spout

 

Take the 3 lengths of woven ribbon. You have one piece for the centre 5 1/2 inches long and the two pieces which will sit either side which are 5 inches long. Fold over the longest ribbon ,this will be in the centre of the water spout. Fold over the other two ribbons and place them either side of the centre ribbon. Pin the three ribbons together. Sew along the end of the three folded ribbons on the sewing machine to keep them in place and pop them aside.

 

Making the  Whale's Body

 

1. Trace the Whale Pattern onto tracing paper using a lead pencil. Remember to mark the open-seam on the bottom of the Whale and the area where the ribbon spout will be inserted onto your traced Pattern piece too.

 

2. Take the fabric pieces for the Front and Back of the Whale's Body. Place the Quilter’s Muslin which is cut to the same size, on the reverse sides of the Front and Back pieces. Place the Front and Back pieces of fabric on top of each other with right-sides together.

 

3. Place the Whale Pattern on top of the reverse-side of the layers of fabric and pin the Pattern through all the layers.

 

4. Choose one of the following:

You can choose to trace the Whale Pattern directly onto the fabric using a lead pencil, by simply drawing around the outside edge of the Paper Pattern and marking the open-seam and area where the ribbons will be placed on the fabric. Remove the Paper Pattern and sew. OR Leave the Paper Pattern pinned to the fabric and machine sew around the outside edge of the Paper Pattern.

 

5. Place the ribbon water spout made earlier, between the Whale's Body fabric layers so that the bottom of the ribbons are poking out on top of the Whale's head. Secure with a pin.

 

Using a small stitch on your sewing machine and a cotton thread in the machine which matches the fabric being sewn, sew around the Whale Pattern. Beginning at the open-seam, sew slowly and carefully around the curves at he Whale's tail. Stop sewing at the open-seam and remove the pins.

 

I always sew the seams on my Soft Toys twice. It will make for a stronger Soft Toy when it is stuffed firmly and the seams will not be weak and prone to ripping. Sew the seam just sewn on the machine, again.

 

6. Cut-out the Whale's Body a ¼ inch out from the seam sewn. Trim roughly ½ inch out from the open-seam area on the Whale's bottom.

 

7. Now snip the seam all the way around the Whale's Body. Be careful not to cut your sewn seam and leave roughly ¼ inch between each snip.

 

8. Turn the Whale's Body to its right-side. Using a stuffing tool or the end of a new wooden paint brush (with the bristles cut off) push through the body and tail through.

 

Stuffing the Whale's Body

 

9. Using Polyester Fibre Fill begin stuffing starting at the Tail area on the Whale. Push the fill as far as you can into the Tail space inside the Whale using your fingers and a wooden paint brush to pack this area as much as possible. When you feel that you can’t push any more fill into the Tail space, start filling the Whale's body. Use a combination of your fingers and the wooden paint brush to pack the stuffing in as firmly as possible.

 

Note: Remember that over time this Whale is going to be cuddled and sat on, be thrown and be loved. If you put in too little stuffing your Whale it will soon look like a pancake.

 

Sewing up the Body

 

10. Ladder Stitch the opening closed, using 2 strands of DMC cotton which match the colour of your fabric being sewn and an embroidery needle. To finish off the thread take the needle, back through the last stitch a couple of time and pull the thread off to one side into the stuffing. Pull the needle out through the body and trim the thread at the base of the toy. The thread will disappear inside.

 

As you hand-sew the open-seam closed remember to add more fill into the Body using the Wooden Paint Brush.

 

The Features on the Whale

 

The Pattern Sheets provide you with a few basic features and shapes to help you decorate your Whale and to help give him/her a personality. Little Blue the Whale can have one or two  outer eye shapes plus a Pupil shape. Big Blue the Whale has two outer eye shapes plus a Pupil shape. You also have a Fin shape for your Whale.

 

Extra applique Feature Shapes include a Heart shape and Tear Drop for the Little Whale, and a Fish Shape and Tear Drop for the larger Whale.

 

How you choose to use these features and where to position and sew them onto your Whale is completely up to you. Think creatively but with safety in mind as you want your Whale to be child-friendly. All the features need hand-stitched  securely onto the Whale's Body.

 

11. Using  Fusible Webbing and  a Lead Pencil trace the applique feature shapes you will need onto the paper side of the Fusible Webbing like the Outer Eye shape (s), the circle for the Pupil of the Eye, the Fin and any of the other feature shapes you choose. Cut out all the feature paper pieces a good ¼ inch away from the pencil lines drawn.

 

To make a Woolen-Felt Shape e.g . The Outer Eye(s), Teardrop, Heart or Fish Shapes.

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  • a. Take a piece of felt and place it face down on the ironing board so that the reverse-side of the felt is showing.

  • b. Place the paper shape on top of the piece of  felt with the glue side down.

 

Note: Acrylic-Felt and Woolen-Felt Fabrics can be very delicate and burn easily, so cover the area to be pressed with the iron with a scrap piece of cotton fabric to protect it from the heat.

 

  • c. Press the felt feature with a dry hot iron for a few seconds only. Just long enough to melt the glue on the paper. The paper feature shape is now stuck to the reverse-side of the felt. 

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  • d. Allow it to cool then cut-out the felt shape, carefully following the drawn pencil lines.

     

  • Your applique piece is now ready to be Blanket-Stitched and sewn onto the Whale. Make all your Felt Applique Features using this method.

 

To make the Pupil for the Eye:

 

  • a. The Pupil on the Eye is made using a white fabric with a black dot.

  • b. Place the cotton fabric face down on the ironing board with the reverse-side of the fabric facing up.

  • c. Place the circular paper shape centred over the top of one of the black dots on the fabric so that the black-dot can be seen through the paper centred.

  • d. Press with the iron, allow to cool then carefully cut out the circle.

  • e. Peel off the paper and place it on top of a piece of white felt (with the glue side down), cover with scrap fabric and press with the iron.

  • f. Cut out the Pupil carefully following the outside edge of the circle.

 

To make the Fin for the Whale

 

a. Place the fabric for the Fin face down on the ironing board.

b. Place the paper Fusible Webbing shape on top of the reverse side of the fabric.

c. Press with the iron, allow to cool then carefully cut out the Fin.

d. Peel off the paper and place the fabric Fin shape with the glue side down on top of the felt. Cover the area with a scrap piece of fabric and press with the iron.

e. Cut out the Fin carefully following the outside edge of the Fin shape.

 

Blanket-Stitching the Whales Features

 

With the features for your Whale create you are now ready to Blanket-Stitch around the shapes before they are hand-stitched onto the Whale's Body.

 

The following link will take you to a mini-tutorial which will show you how to Blanket-Stitch around a woolen-felt shape.

 

 

 

 

 

To make the Eye pin the felt Pupil to the centre of the Outer Eye and using 2 strands of white DMC Thread , Blanket-Stitch the Pupil directly onto the felt Outer Eye piece. Your stitches should go all the way through to the felt shape below.

 

The following link will take you to a mini-tutorial which will show you how to Blanket-Stitch a woolen-felt  shape to another woolen-felt shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Sewing the Blanket-Stitched Features to the Toy

 

Pin the Whale's features into position to the Whale's body using the photographs of the Whales as a guide for placement. Each feature will be sewn onto the Whale using 2 stands of DMC Thread in exactly the same colour as used for the Blanket-Stitching on each shape.

 

a.You will begin sewing at the open-seam on the bottom of the Whale. Pull the needle through the inside to the outside edge of the fabric.

 

b. Pull the two sides of the open-seam together with your fingers and take the needle up and over to the seam adjacent, pushing the tip of the needle through the edge of the fabric through to the fabric on the opposite side. Pull the needle through and the two sides of the fabric will pull together. 

 

c. Repeat the same stitch by simply taking the needle up and over and through the 2 layers of fabric at the open-seam. Continue hand sewing along the seam in this manner making your stitches quite close to one another.

 

d. Sew only a little way then stop, take your needle through your last loop on your hand sewing to make a knot. Take the needle and thread out through anywhere on the body cut the thread and it will disappear inside the toy.

 

Congratulations, your Blue the Whale is done!

 

Copyright 2015-The Whales made from this Pattern are to be used for a personal nature only. Permission is not given for them to be mass produced and sold for personal gain in any way. Permission is however given for the Whales to be mass produced and donated to the Children's Hospital through The Handmade with Love Project only.Under no circumstance are the Soft Toys to be made and given to Hopitals not under The Handmade with Love Project's umbrella.

 

Fabric Requirements for Little Blue the Whale-

 

Little Blue the Whale's Front- A piece of Flannel Fabric or 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric  8 inches X  14 1/2 inches.

 

Little Blue the Whale's Back- Minkiee Fabric  8 inches X  14 1/2 inches.

 

Note: You may choose to use the same fabric for the Front and Back of the Little Blue Whale's Body. For example you can make the Whale  using all Flannel Fabric or all Cotton Fabric.

 

Lining Fabric Requirement: Two,  8 inch X 14 1/2 inch pieces of Quilters Muslin to line the Body. 

 

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Fabric Requirements for Big Blue the Whale-

Big Blue the Whale's Front- A piece of Flannel Fabric or 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric  10 1/2 inches X  20 inches.

 

Big Blue the Whale's Back- Minkiee Fabric  i10 1/2 nches X  20 inches.

 

Note: You may choose to use the same fabric for the Front and Back of the Little Blue Whale's Body. For example you can make the Whale  using all Flannel Fabric or all Cotton Fabric.

 

Lining Fabric Requirement: Two,  10 1/2 inch X 20 inch pieces of Quilters Muslin to line the Body

 

Note: I like to use different fabrics on my Soft Toys as they help create different textures for young children to feel, and Minkiee Fabric is super soft and snuggly.

 

I also always line my Soft Toys with an extra layer of fabric. It makes for a stronger and more durable Softie. I like to use Quilter’s Muslin which is cut exactly to the same dimensions as the fabric being used to make the Body of the  Soft Toys.

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