Make a Cuddly Unicorn – Free Tutorial and Pattern

Sew yourself a cuddly unicorn friend

Unicorns are everywhere at the moment – for good reason.  They are magical, colourful, cute and poop rainbows!  So I decided to create a cuddly Unicorn for my daughter.  Her full name is Princess Unicorn Yasmin the Third.  Follow the instructions below to make your own pet Unicorn to play with and enjoy.  Just don’t complain when you have to scoop rainbow poop from the floor (they don’t come house trained)!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pale pink jersey fabric (I used Swiss Tricot Body – a really nice quality jersey fabric for doll making from Little Oke Dolls).
  • Silver faux leather
  • Cotton fabric scraps for dress (main colour and plain for bodice lining)
  • 1 ball sparkly rainbow coloured wool (I used Stylecraft Caberet Double Knitting wool -Rainbow)
  • Toy stuffing
  • 1 pair small black safety eyes
  • Embroidery thread (black for features, silver for horn, rainbow colours if embroidering rainbow)
  • Bow (or small button) for embellishing the dress
  • Unicorn pattern – Unicorn Pattern final

To make the unicorn – What to Do:

Print out the pattern and cut out the pieces along the dotted lines.

Using the pattern cut the following:

  • Pink jersey fabric = 1 x head, 1 head (underneath), 2 x body, 2 x neck, 4 x ear, 4 x legs
  • Silver faux leather = 4 x ankle, 4 x foot
  • Cotton dress main fabric = 1 bodice front, 2 x bodice back (make sure you reverse the pattern for one of them).  1 rectangle measuring 15cm h x 25cm w.
  • Cotton lining fabric = 1 bodice front, 2 x bodice back (make sure you reverse the pattern for one of them).

Sew the ankle pieces to the wider part of the leg pieces, right sides together.  Repeat for all 4 legs.

Attaching the ankle to the leg

Attaching the ankle to the leg

Fold out the ankle pieces, as shown above, the fold the leg in half lengthways and sew along the long edge, right sides together. Repeat for each leg.

Sew along the long edge of the leg

Hand sew the foot piece to the base of each leg as shown below:

Hand sew the foot to the leg

Hand sew the foot to the leg

Turn right side out and lightly stuff each leg:

Finished leg

Finished leg

Sew ears -right sides together then turn right side out.

Sewing the ears

Sewing the ears

To make the top of the head, fold the head piece in half lengthways and sew along the ‘darts’ as shown below:

Sewing the darts on the head

Sewing the darts on the head

Mark the location of the eyes and gently push the post of the each eye through the fabric and secure at the back.

Securing the eyes

Securing the eyes

Place the underneath head piece on top of the main head piece (right sides together) and sew around as shown below:

Sew to attach the underneath headpiece

Sew to attach the underneath headpiece

Place the two neck pieces together (right sides together) and sew up the long and short edges as shown below:

Sewing the neck piece

Sewing the neck piece

Sew along the dart on the side of the body pieces as shown below:

Sewing the body dart

Sewing the body dart

Sew body pieces together up each side (right sides together) – leaving an opening at the neck and at the dart at the bottom (the legs will go in here).

Sewing body together

Sewing body together

Stuff the neck, body and head pieces.

Using a ladder stitch, hand sew the neck to the head (narrowest part of the neck will join the body), adding the ears as you reach the top. Pinch the ears to shape them slightly.

Sewing neck to head

Sewing neck to head

Using ladder stitch, sew 2 legs in the openings at the bottom of the body (with the leg seams to the back of the body).

Sewing legs to body

Sewing legs to body

Using ladder stitch sew the arms and neck to the body at the same time, working round each arm so that the top of the arm joins to the neck and the bottom of the arm to the body.

Attaching the arms and neck

Attaching the arms and neck

To make the horn cut a strip of faux leather 15cm by 1.5cm and roll tightly into a horn shape. Stitch from the bottom of the horn to the top

Making the horn

Making the horn

Cut the base of the horn so it is straight and sew onto the top of the head, in between the ears.

Attaching the horn

Attaching the horn

To make the tail and mane, wrap lots of wool around a book (about 14cm wide) or a piece of cardboard.

Making the tail and mane

Making the tail and mane

Tie a strand of wool around the middle of the bundle to secure and then cut the opposite side.

Attaching the tail

Attaching the tail

Sew the tail to the bottom.  Repeat for the mane and sew to the top of the head behind the horn.

Attaching the mane

Attaching the mane

Using 2 strands of black embroidery thread, sew a nose and mouth as shown on the pattern.

Finished unicorn

Finished unicorn

If you want to you can embroider some details onto the body as well.  My daughter designed a rainbow which you can see below:

Tree hugging

Tree hugging

to make the dress

See the American Girl / Our Generation Girl mini doll dress tutorial – but use the pattern above.  Dress tutorial

 

 

 

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