Saturday, 9 March 2013

Drafting Your DIY Donut (or Doughnut) Stuffed "Animal"

Last post I shared Mr. Donut and promised to make a tutorial on how to make one for yourself- so here it is!  I do have to apologize because I only have the one process photo.

Things you will need to make the pattern:
  • various pieces of round household dinner ware (or a compass)
  • ruler
  • tracing paper/news paper

What you will need for the actual stuffie:
  • base colour fabric
  • icing colour fabric (something shiny!)
  • leg and hat colour fabric (felt is a good choice)
  • bugle beads for sprinkles
  • fabric covered buttons for eyes
  • stuffing 


First, find a large circular object with the diameter matching the size you would like the finished donut to be, for example, a dinner plate.  Trace around it and mark the centre.  Draw a circle (using a glass in our case) the same size as the desired hole.  Mark where you would like the arms and legs to go.

Next, copy the body piece, then mark out the shape you would like the icing to be, making sure to stay within the seam line.  This is actually the hardest part of making the entire pattern!  Avoid making the blobs similar shapes and sizes and it will look more realistic.

The last piece for the body requires a little math- this is that magical strip in the hole that gives this toy its shape.  Measure the diameter of the inside hole of the main body piece.  Using this number make a rectangle with d*Pi as the width and 5cm (2") or so as the depth.

The arms and legs are the same and shape and essentially tubes with a little bump at the end.

Lastly, the hat is made of one big circle for the brim, a rectangle for the "stovepipe", and a smaller circle for the crown.  Make the small circle first.  Using the same math as above, calculate the width the rectangle needs to be and make the depth as tall as you would like the hat.  Draw the larger circle.

Add 1cm or similar seam allowance to all edges on all pieces and cut them out.

Number of each pattern piece to cut.  Interfacing is in ellipses (brackets)

Main body x2 (x2 if using a stretch or less stable fabric)
Main body rectangle x1  (x1 if using a stretch or less stable fabric)
Icing x1
Legs x8
Small hat circle x1
Big hat circle x2 (x1- just do one piece)

How to sew it all together:
Interface what needs interfacing.

Sew the "sprinkles" or bulge beads onto the icing piece, making sure to avoid going closer to the edge than seam allowance+1/2 your sewing machine foot.

Bugle beads are these things.  They're essentially your average seed bead that has been let long instead of being cut into more square shapes.  They can be a variety of lengths.  You should be able to find them at your average craft or beading store.  Ideally you want a mix of colours because we're imitating sprinkles.

You'll find out that most regular hand sewing needles won't fit though the beads, but there are two solutions to this.  a) Buy beading needles or b) string a bead onto the thread, re-thread the needle, sew on the bead, move to the next spot, un-thread needle, start over.... Guess which one we did?   Yeah, foresight is not our forte apparently.  Sew the eyes on now too.

Clip the seam allowance of the icing piece and press them under.  The clipping lets you make smoother curves.

Sew the icing onto one of the main body pieces by top stitching around the outside edge.  Baste them together at the hole.

Find the inside rectangle for the main body and clip the seam allowance on both edges (in my photo I haven't done the other end yet).  Align one end of the long edge of the rectangle with the main pieces, good sides facing, and while curving the rectangle to the shape of the hole, sew.  You should start 1cm away from the beginning of the piece, and end 1cm from the end.  Once sewn around the hole, manipulate the pieces so the inside tube is inside out (good sides in).  Align the short ends of the tube and sew shut.  Turn it right side out again and it should look like the photo above.

Sew the arms and legs together leaving the top of the tube (not the blobbly end) open and then stuff.  You can add beans to the ends of the appendages for a squishy feel and a bit of weight.

Pin the top and bottom main body pieces together good sides in (the inside tube with stick though).  Make sure to place the legs and arms are in this seam at your markings and with the open end pointing outwards and the leg/arm itself sandwiched between the two main body pieces.  Sew it all together.

Turn it all right side out and stuff.  Pinch the area around the inner hole shut and hand sew shut. You now have a donut with arms and legs!

The hat is a separate part.  Step one is to sew the two brim circles together with the piece with interfacing between the two.  Top stitch around the edge three times for decoration, (1 will do otherwise).  Sew the hat rectangle into a tube and clip the top and bottom edges.  Turn the tube inside out and centre it on the crown circle.  Sew them together.  Turn the cylinder right side out and stuff.  Tuck the edges of the tube in, centre on the brim circles and hand stitch together.  Sew the completed hat onto the donut where you wish!

That's it- you're done!

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