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Instructions CUT LEGS 1. Take the body piece and turn it inside out. Center the seam. [1.1] Now cut the shape of the legs, making sure that the legs meet at the seam. [1.2] The legs should be at least 1 inch wide. Save the leftover pieces. [1.3] SEW LEGS 2. Sew up the legs. Start at the heel, and go all the way around the cut, using a whip stitch. [2.1],[A] SEW HEAD 3. Take the 2 head pieces and position them on top of each other. Make sure the outside of the cloth is facing in, and vice versa, since you'll be turning this inside out when done. Sew the head pieces together in the same way you sewed the body, except leave a neck hole! [3.1],[A] SEW ARMS 4. Now for the arms. Take one of the arm pieces and fold it in half. [4.1] Sew the arm in the same way you sewed the head and body [A]. Sew all along the cut, except leave a hole at the bottom. [4.2] Repeat with the other arm. STUFFING 5. At this point, all the parts should be sewn, so turn them all right side out [5.1] and we can start stuffing. Start with an arm piece. Take small pieces of stuffing, and push each one to the bottom of the arm piece using your finger, or the blunt edge of a pencil or chopstick. [5.2] Keep pushing small pieces of stuffing to the bottom until you have worked your way up to the top, and the arm piece is filled with stuffing. Repeat this process with the other body parts, using your pencil/chopstick whenever necessary. Pay attention to the amount and placement of your stuffing. This will determine whether your beast is fat or thin, smooth or lumpy, soft or firm, etc. ATTACH HEAD 6. Now that all the parts are stuffed, we can put them together. Start by taking the head and placing it inside the cuff of the sleeve, [6.1] then fold the cuff up so that it partially covers the head [6.2]. Try to feel where the head overlaps with the sleeve, and, using a running stitch [B], sew the head to the body. Sew all the way around the circumference of the neck, making your stitches as small as possible. [6.3] When you're done sewing, fold down the cuff. [6.4] Your beast now has a turtleneck! ATTACH ARMS 7. Now to attach the arms. Decide where on the body you want the arms to be, and cut a tiny hole where each will be attached. Take one of the arms, and shove the open end into one of the holes on the body. Tuck in the frayed edge of the hole so you can't see it. [7.1] Now use a whip stitch [A] to sew the arm to the body. Sew along the entire circumference, making the stitches as small as possible. [7.2] Repeat this process with the other arm. EYES 8. Now that the body's done it's time to make the face. Take your buttons and position them where you want your beast's eyes to be. Take time to experiment with eye placement, because this can really determine the personality of your beast. [8.1] Once they're positioned, sew on the button eyes. MOUTH 9. The mouth will be embroidered. Thread your needle with the embroidery thread. Tie a knot on one end of the thread, not both. [9.1] This will leave the thread loose, so hold onto it while you sew. Using a running stitch [B] sew overlapping stitches into the head to make a mouth shape. [9.2] Keep stitching until the mouth is as thick as you'd like, then tie a knot. Cut off the excess thread on both knots. Try to cut it off as close to the knot as possible! If you like, use the blunt edge of your needle to poke the knots under and conceal them. EARS 10. The last step is the ears! Or horns, or whatever appendages you choose. Take your leftover pieces [1.3], and cut some shapes into them for ears. Figure 12.1 shows some options. Sew your shapes onto the head. Congratulations! You've made your first sweater beast! Feel free to add any extra features you like. Now you can use your own unwanted sweaters to make more beasts! Design, adapt, experiment, and have fun!