The Chinese New Year was celebrated last week and 2015 is the year of the sheep, goat and ram. The celebration started on the 19th and lasts for 15 days, ending with a Lantern Festival. People born under this Chinese zodiac sign are polite, shy, frank and honest, are highly creative focusing their energy on artistic hobbies. Their lucky colors include purple, red and brown. You might think that I am one of the sheep people, but I'm not. I am a rooster.
There are so many interesting facts about the year of the sheep. I found a site that has a Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Test based on the couples name and birth dates here. I was curious what it had to say about my hubby and me, married for over forty-five years. After adding our names and birth date, the results stated that we were 40 percent compatible and need effort in the marriage. The highlight of this stated, "conflicts will be more than cooperation in your marriage life." Whoa, so funny! Even though we are opposites in so many ways, rarely do we have conflicts of any kind. Although a lot of the stated traits were right on target.
Getting back to sheep, I love watching them. There's a farm a couple of miles from where we live and every time I drive pass it, I make a point of seeing if the sheep are out grazing. They seem so cute, fluffy and cuddly! Watching them inspired me to make these adorable stuffed sheep.
Isn't she precious!
And putting this together was so easy to do!
Start by right-click copying the pattern for the sheep and paste to Word. From there, you can adjust the size you want and trace the pieces onto faux fur and felt or fleece fabric.
1. Cut out the six pieces - one top, two ears, two face, and one body.
2. With right sides together hand or machine stitch around edge of face.
3. Once stitched, separate the center fabric and make a slit opening in back and turn inside out.
4. Stuff face with poly-fil.
5. Hand-stitch opening close.
6. Insert needle and embroidery thread from the back to make eyes, positioning thread into a slanted line as pictured.
7. Move the thread into a v shape and push needle through to the back in the same area.
8. Continue pushing the needle in the same area, under the fabric for the other eye and make the v shape as before.
9. Move the needle from the back down to the cheek dimples and pull through to the front and back again.
10. Fold the ears together and sew ends onto top of head.
11. Gather the body by weaving the needle and thread over and under.
12. Pull the threads and fabric together leaving an opening to insert the stuffing.
13. Add stuffing half way to body leaving space.
14. Add decorative filler for weight (optional). add more stuffing for a round full look.
15. Add more stuffing for a round full look and stitch opening close.
To complete the sheep:
- Make running stitches in top to close and hot glue between ears.
- Hot glue head to stitched area of body.
- Use rouge or pink chalk dust to high-light dimples and inner ears.
- Add bow embellishments.
I dipped the beige faux fabric in diluted black acrylic paint to make the black sheep on the left. The fabric became very rough with the watered down paint rubbings and dust smearing on my fingers and everywhere else for that matter. I don't recommend doing this.
The Year of the Sheep runs from February 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016.
Wouldn't this be a fun project to make with kids? Imagine the possibilities!
Take a little time to enjoy