Here’s a quick sewing tutorial for you to make for any snake-loving kids in your life.
Hint: they make great stocking stuffers!
These little guys are pocket-sized and stuffed with pipe cleaners to make them bendy. Twist them. Coil them. Bend them in a knot.
They will be packed in my boys’ stockings next week (I can’t believe one week from today I will be packing stockings!!!) along with other various chocolates, plums, and other small treasures.
I am sure they are going to be a big hit, not only because my boys love any and all animals, but they will be little matching baby snakes to go with these big travel snakes who still get lots of play time. I can just see the immense cuteness of preschool imagination now…
Keep reading for a quick and easy tutorial to use up some of your fabric scraps and see how to make these fun guys.
(Look here for help if you’re new to sewing).
Bendy Snake Tutorial
- Fabric scraps
- pipe cleaners
- embroidery thread
- red felt
1. Cut a piece of fabric 15″ x 4″.
2. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and press. Draw a snake outline on one wrong side of the fabric. The body of the snake should by 3/4″ wide, with a diamond head and pointed tail. Cut a tongue from red felt, one inch long and with a forked end.
3. Tuck the tongue in between the fabric, with one end at the tip of the head and the forked end pointed down towards the snake’s body. Pin in place.
4. Pin down the body of the snake to keep the pieces in place. Sew around the perimeter of the snake, starting in the middle around one side and leaving a two-inch opening for turning.
5. Trim the seam allowance to 3/8″ around the entire perimeter of the snake.
6. Turn the snake right side out, using a turning tool or tweezers or both.
8. Take 5 pipe cleaners and stagger them so that they stretch the length of the snake. Twist them together slightly and insert them into the snake through the opening. Push them part of the way into the head and then down to the tail.
10. Sew across the bottom of the snake’s head carefully to seal in the rice.
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