Alligator Sewing Pattern - printed booklet and template

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Made in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Penguin & Fish is introducing it's first sewing pattern, a cute plush toy alligator!

This little guy has a toothy grin, fun spikes and a patchwork belly. It's legs are offset so it looks like it's walking. This little alligator would be a perfect gift for a little boy or girl. Or purchase the pattern and items from the material list and make a little kit for a crafty friend.

LISTING IS FOR A PRINTED PATTERN - for a PDF downloadable version of the pattern see this listing:

•Pattern includes:
16" x 16" (approx. 41cm x 41cm) fold out pattern template
Easy to follow instruction booklet

•Finished size:
Height - 4.5" (approx. 12cm)
Length - 25.5" (approx. 65cm)
Depth - 5.5" (approx. 14cm)

•Skill level:
Advanced beginner

•Material list (what you'll need):
Quilting weight cotton, flannel or linen fabrics
-Color 1: Body front and back, eye backs, legs - 1/4 yard (not a fat quarter)
-Color 2: Spikes - 5" x 18" (approx. 13cm x 46cm) or a 3" x 36" (approx. 8cm x 92cm) scrap
-Color 3: Teeth - 8" x 14" (approx. 21cm x 36cm) scrap or various scraps that add up to that amount
-Color 4: Eye fronts - small scrap of white, or use the same color as teeth
-Color 5: Mouth - 10.5" x 3" (approx. 27cm x 8cm) scrap
-Belly: 13 strips measuring 2.5" x 4.5" (approx. 7cm x 12cm) made from various scraps
For pupils of eyes
-Option A: Embroidery - 1 skein of dark embroidery floss, 12" (approx. 31cm) piece of white embroidery floss
-Option B: Applique - small scrap of dark colored felt, 1 skein of matching embroidery floss, 12" (approx. 31cm) piece of white embroidery floss
-Option C: Buttons - two dark colored buttons (not recommended for a baby or younger child)
Embroidery needle
Fiberfill or cotton stuffing
Water soluble marker

•Made in the USA:
Printed in Minnesota using non-toxic, vegetable based inks


For personal use only. Commercial use is prohibited. Do NOT reproduce without permission. All rights reserved. All designs ©Penguin & Fish


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    Average review
    great pattern! thanks so much
    Jul 21, 2015 by alice proia
    Great pattern!
    Apr 27, 2013 by A fellow maker
    This is one cute alligator! The directions are easy to follow, so it will be a fun project. Alyssa, I'm sending my sincere thanks for providing speedy shipping with a tracking number, and for including a personal note and a complimentary post card. Also, I hope my mail carrier smiled when he delivered your package with the hand drawn alligator! How cute! Many thanks-Jan
    Jun 24, 2011 by A fellow maker
    Jun 14, 2011 by A fellow maker
    Thank you soooo much. I got the pattern today and cannot wait to try it out. It is so cute.
    Apr 29, 2011 by A fellow maker

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Embroidery Floss: In a craft store, embroidery floss is usually in the cross stitch isle. You can just ask where the embroidery floss is and they should be able to direct you to the right place. To pick out what color floss you want to stitch with, it's best to bring the pattern to the craft store with you, because then you can hold up all the colors next to each other to see what you like the best. Or you can just get a variety pack which is what I do. DMC is the brand that most people use, but sometimes there are cheaper more generic brands that work just as well. Embroidery thread has six threads twisted together, and usually for embroidery you only need three. So once you cut the thread to the length you want to work with, then pull it apart so you have 2 strands with 3 threads each (instead of 1 strand with 6 threads).

Fabric Hoop: This is a hoop that will hold your fabric in place. You don't need one of these but it makes embroidering easier because your fabric will be held flat and taut. With a stretchy fabric (like in a onesie) just make sure not to stretch the fabric in the hoop. You may want to purchase a stabilizer fabric when stitching onto stretchy fabric.

Transferring design: I do this with a light table and a water soluble purple transfer marker. If you don't have a light table you can tape the pattern and fabric to a window and trace the design there. You can get the water soluble marker at a craft store. I like using one of those because the marker lines come out of the fabric easily. You could also use an iron on transfer pencil. If you use one of those then you take the last page of the pattern where the image is reversed... then you draw over all the lines with the iron on transfer pencil... then flip the paper over and iron it directly onto your fabric. The only thing that I don't like as much with this method is that the lines from the pencil are permanent.

Embroidery Needle: Embroidery needles are usually a little longer needles, about 2 - 3 inches long maybe. They have larger eyes so that you can thread them easily. They will probably say embroidery needle on the packaging. A sales person in the craft store should be able to help with this.

The only other thing you'll need is a good movie to watch while you're stitching away.

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to convo me or contact me (Alyssa) at info [at] penguinandfish [dot] com