Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Free Pattern for Count Truffula, Vampire Piggy! From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I just LOVE softies - especially the ones that Lisa Bunting Thoms designs for  Q.D. Patooties and she has a wonderful Dracula pattern to share.  Here's Count Truffula!

Count Truffula, Vampire Piggy!
Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties

Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her pattern:  Sorry it took me so long to upload this but when I went to open my software last night that I usually use to clean up my patterns, it said the link wouldn't work so I guess I will have to find my discs and re-install it. In the meantime, I am hoping you all can read my chicken scratch handwriting on the pattern pieces to make out what goes where!

Click on picture to enlarge.

1/4 yard Felt or Other Material for Pig Body 
Scrap Felt for Ear Lining, Mouth Lining, Eyes and Teeth
1/8 Yard Felt for Cape
Embroidery Floss
Yarn or Ribbon for Cape
Sewing Machine (a little too much to do by hand)
Poly Fil
Embroidery Floss
Craft Glue
Pipe Cleaner


1.) Copy and save pattern to your hard drive by double clicking on the pattern image. Right click on the pattern and then choose "Save Image As" and name the file.

2.) Print your pattern and cut out all pattern pieces. Trace pattern pieces according to the number required for each pattern piece onto your fabric.

3). Starting with the ears, line up the bottoms of both the inner and outer ear pieces and then topstitch the inner ear piece to the outer ear piece. You may tack them in place by pinning, basting or using some craft glue if you feel uncomfortable just sewing them without them being securely in place. Repeat for the second ear and then set aside.

4). Next, line up the notch on the fangs pattern piece with the notch on the mouth pattern piece. Topstitch the fangs to the mouth piece (as with the pieces above you can secure them the same way if you like before you topstitch) and then position it underneath the cut open mouth on the front pattern piece of your piggy vampire. Pin in place and then sew by machine or by hand if you choose.

5). Find the nose pattern piece and position it about an inch above the open mouth on the front piece of the pig pattern. Make sure it is centered and then stitch in place by hand or machine.

6). Position each eye between the mouth and nose and about an inch and a half from the side on the front piece of the pig pattern. Secure them prior to sewing with by basting or with a little craft glue just to make sure they are even before you sew them into place permanently. Sew them in place by machine or by hand.

7). Set the front piece of the pig pattern aside and sew all of your arms and legs making sure to leave them open at the top for a little stuffing. I did not turn mine but just clipped them close to the seam, filled with a little Polyfil and then pinned them to the right side of the front piece of your pig pattern making sure the open pieces of each part were pinned to the edge of the pig pattern and all of the closed ends of the arms and legs pointed in towards the mouth. Pin on the ears the same way. Set this aside while you complete the back of your pig.

8). Sew the back piece of your pig pattern from Point A to Point B and then from Point C to Point D leaving an opening to stuff your pig. Set this aside and work on your pig's tail.

9). Sew your pig's tail together. I didn't turn this either just clipped close to the edges and then inserted a small piece of pipe cleaner (bent in half) to make it curly. Set your pig's tail aside.

10). Pin the right sides of both the front and back pieces of your Pig Pattern together and then sew around the outside. Now you can turn your pig and clip as close to the seam as you can. Stuff your pig with Polyfil and you are ready to sew up his back seam. He's transforming before your very eyes!

11). Grab your pig tail pattern piece and pin at the very bottom of the open seam on your pig's back. Ladder stitch it in place as you are sewing up the back of your pig. Your getting close now -- he's almost done!

12). Lay a small piece of felt down underneath your completed pig. Cut out a rectangle the length of your pig and 1 1/2 times the width of your pig. Using a large eyed needle, thread it with yarn or ribbon and do a running stitch about 3 inches down from the top. Leave a long tail on each end so you can secure it around your vampire piggy's neck.

13). Count Truffula is now complete and is ready to start sucking the life out of all of your chocolates! I would hide them now if I were you.

Now that you've completed your Count Truffula, Vampire Piggy, snap a photo and send it to me or just drop it in the q.D.paToOtieS Flickr Group. I'll show off your creation and send a link back to you at your Blog or on Flickr. 

As with any of my patterns, this is not intended for commercial use but just for the fun of making for yourself or your friends.


Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties 

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