Make It: Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell Wall Hanging

Norman

Last year I bought my friend Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell by Sue Hendra for her daughter. Little did I know then the pain I would cause my friend because her daughter loved it so much! She literally knows it off by heart! So for this Christmas I decided to carry on the pain by making a wall hanging of Norman.
This is what I bought to make Norman – felt in orange, yellow, and 3 of pink. I also got matching thread for all of this and some beads (for the hundreds and thousands on the doughnut) and some purple cotton fabric for the backing – a metre in total I think (so it could be doubled to hide all the stitching).

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First I made Norman from the orange felt, adding eyes made from a bit of wadding I had lying around (but 2 layers to make it not see-through), and with embroidered pupils.

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Then I sewing him onto the background…..

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….and added on his slime trail.

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I sewed the bead/ sequins to the pink felt, which I had cut out for the doughnut. I had to make it in 2 halves because of the size of the felt, which is a bit of a shame but didn’t show too badly.

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I cut out paper patterns for all the pieces. The doughnut I cut out round, and then cut the pieces out for the irregular icing. I saved the pieces I cut out to make the bread parts of the doughnut for around the edge. I used bondaweb on them as they were so small, so I could stick them to the background and then sew them – pins would have been no good!

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I cut the name out of the same pink felt.

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All that was left to do was to sew it all on to the background, which was 40cm x 40cm.

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I used a piece of brown wool I had in my stash for the string Norman uses to tie on the doughnut.

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The last thing to do was the loops on the top to hang Norman from. I made them 9cm x 21cm. Sewed them in half lengthways, turned them inside out/ the right way round (the fabric doesn’t really have a back and front) and ironed them so that the seams were in the middle not on one edge. I them placed the loops equally spaced (allowing for the seam allowance), folded in half on top of one of the background pieces, with the raw edges of the loop lined up with the raw edge of the backing piece. I then put the other backing piece (with Norman on) on top of this, wrong sides together, with the loops in between the 2 pieces and sewed almost all the way around, leaving a gap to turn it the right way around. I then sewed this little gap closed by hand.

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(You can just about make out the pins in the corner where I sewed the opening closed.)

Sewing Machine

I finally got my deposit back from my old flat last week (the cheque cleared last Wednesday) so I bought a sewing machine! I’d been planning to get one for a while so I had time to do some research and had pretty much decided on which one to get before I went to John Lewis. I decided to go to a shop so that I would get a guarantee and a bit of advice about which one was good. It was between a Singer and  a John Lewis brand one and I got the John Lewis one as the man said it was  a better machine for the money (I guess because you’re not paying for the brand). Although I’ve been sewing with sewing machines on and off for many years, I suddenly felt really stupid being in the shop and buying a machine. I think I was scared they would think I was an idiot or something. I don’t know why I cared about what the people in the shop thought – they just want the sale I would think – but I felt a bit out-of-place all the same. I think I was also nervous to be spending so much money in one go!

I haven’t played with it yet – my weekend has completely disappeared but I plan to make many things, hopefully for Christmas – I enjoy knitting a lot but it’s just too slow to make very many presents and with about 15 people to get gifts for, I am going to try to make as many as I can.  Now I just need to decide what to make and find somewhere that sells reasonably priced fabric……..

John Lewis sewing machine