Finally, I’m ready to start the Tutorial for this new design.
I’m so very proud of this one. Jack is just so cute …and fun to make.
Here is the finished candle mat. It’s a little larger than most of my other candle mats. It measures about 15” across if the bottom green background is used.
Please remember that I’m showing you how to make this with the hope that you will purchase the pattern from me and not steal the design without the pattern. I know how easy I make it for the thieves but I’m willing to take that risk simply because I know for a fact that I’m responsible for getting a lot of ladies addicted to wool. I hope to get many more addicted after this!
I’ve worked long and hard on this design to get it just perfect .. my family will attest to that, so please, if you do steal it, at least give me credit for it!
OK, let’s get started with Jack! Watch him come to life!
Here’s Scarecrow Jack up close. Keep in mind that the colors for Jack’s clothes can be switched up. Make him whatever colors you wish. The black background can be changed to white or any other complimentary color, so think outside of the box when it comes to color choices.
We need to start with his pants first.
The pants need to have a backing on them since they extend over the edge of the background. I pinned the backing onto the leg front and blanket stitched the inside pant leg.
Then I added the little patches. It’s easier to put the patches on now rather than later.
I’ve pinned that leg onto the black background, lining the pants crotch right up with the scalloped point of the background. I’ve pinned the shirt on too so that the bottom of the shirt will be tucked in.
I’ve blanket stitched all around the outside edges of the pants now, leaving the bottoms opened.
With just a little bit of either poly fiberfill or wool roving, the pants are stuffed. I used a pencil to gently push the stuffing up into the leg.
I need to stress that just a little bit of stuffing should be used. It should only be enough to give it some dimension … we’re not making a doll!
I’ll close up his legs later when I stitch in the loose straw.
I’ve lightly stuffed the shirt and sleeves and I’ve blanket stitched the neck closed.
I blanket stitched around his head, leaving the top opened for stuffing and you can see, I’ve used my handy dandy pen cap to push the stuffing into his head.
Here comes the really fun part for me ….
Once the face is done, Jack comes to life. He needs some straw hair though ….
To make the loose strands, I just took a stitch, right under the hat brim so that the knot won’t be seen. Then I tied it off and …
Now, I’ll work on detailing the clothes.
He’s really looking like a scarecrow now!
Meet Scarecrow Jack!
See, it wasn’t difficult to do now, was it?
I prefer to create the 4 Jacks assembly line style … which is to stitch all 4 pants on, then all 4 shirts on etc … but it’s up to you. It might be more fun and easier for you to stitch each scarecrow as individuals, completing one scarecrow entirely and then moving on to the next one.
Ok, that’s all for today.
Next step is adding in the sunflowers ..
Part 2 of the Tutorial can be found by clicking HERE!
Happy Day everyone!