Sew your very own felt Dragon character from the Stitch Club Shelfie range. Shelfies are designed to sit independently on a flat surface and are great fun to make. The sewing process is an enjoyable hand sewing experience, and the result is a soft and tactile felt friend who will grace any room.
This project is beginner friendly, and the detailed sewing guides provide helpful suggestions for alternative methods and stitches depending on your level of skill and ambition. There is even a whole page dedicated to tips for helping your child sew a Shelfie (we suggest age 12+).
Note that the green dragon in the photos was sewn by my 12 year old son, who helped design this lovely character!
The project can be simplified by sewing a 'flat' version which uses the main front piece for the back as well: you can see this effect in photo of the Hare Shelfie where the Lilac Hare is a flat version. The Hare Shelfie pattern is available separately.
This pattern is a digital download providing two documents packed with guidance. The main Shelfie manual covers: types of felt and where to purchase; embroidery thread use and care; sewing needles; pattern transfer and cutting methods; embroidery stitches and felt sewing techniques.
You will need access to a printer to print three pattern pages. The instructions cover eleven pages but if you don't wish to print them you can view them on a digital device.
The pattern include a full list of supplies and quantities, but in brief you will need:
Felt in two colours of your choice
Embroidery threads to match felt shades, and a darker shade for embroidered details
Sharp scissors, pins and a hand sewing needle
Around 50g toy stuffing
Height of finished Dragon: 19cms
The pattern also includes a smaller version