Meet Peter the Pangolin, my daughter asked me to make her something for her birthday and as we had prevoiusly admired fabulous pangolin softies on etsy and pinterest I decided to make one for her.
To get the shape right I googled images of pangolins and then sketched out the rough shapes and made a calico toile to see how it all went together .
There were lots of adjustments to make , mostly to the back feet, you can see in the picture above it needs a few tweaks (and claws!) I also added darts to the gusset panel to make sure his legs didnt splay outwards.
Once I had corrected the back foot , I tackled the scales…..
Pangolins are pretty well armoured as you can see, I cut out scales in six different sizes and pinned them on to the toile to see how many I needed, 130 as it turned out !
Next I cut all the scales out from on old suede jacket, which was a lovely mink colour , and then cut the rest of the pieces from cream faux suede fabric.
Pinning the scales in place was fun, the suede was very soft but needed a thimble when I ran out of bobble headed pins.
I machined the scales on with a zigzag stitch starting from the tail, here’s the first side done.
Then I did his front claws ,much trickier in suede as I couldn’t persuade them to turn through , so ended up top stitching the seam underneath instead .
Here’s his front claws attached.
I found the rest went together pretty quickly although broke 2 needles doing the back feet, claws and suede sole way too thick for my machine to handle !
Here he is all finished – and my daughter loved him. now just got to make her something for Christmas ☺