For showin' of the green on St. Patrick's Day, gather scraps of felt to make a fun no-sew leprechaun.
Using an iron and bonding medium, in no time you'll have a handful of lucky leprechauns to pass out to friends. Finish with a pin backing for a gleeful shirt trim, with a magnet so he'll guard the refrigerator, or with pressure-sensitive adhesive so he becomes a computer buddy.
1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)
2. Trace the full-size pattern pieces onto tissue paper; cut out. Trace around all pattern pieces, except back leg, on the paper side of the fusible web. Cutting slightly outside the drawn lines, cut out the fusible web pieces. Following the manufacturer's instructions, fuse web pieces to the appropriate color of felt. Cut out fused felt on the drawn pattern lines. Peel off the paper backing from all pieces.
3. Assemble the legs. Cut out two back legs from the dark green felt. With the toes of the back pointing outward, align a stocking, a front leg, and a shoe atop each back leg. Overlap the pieces as shown by the dashed lines on each stocking, keeping the stocking underneath. Fuse all pieces together.
4. Assemble the front body. Lay interfacing on the ironing board. Fuse the leprechaun body, head, and arm pieces to the interfacing, overlapping the pieces as shown by the dashed lines and the Composite Diagram. Begin by fusing lower toros, hands, and jacket, layering the pieces as for the legs.
5. Next, position the beard atop the body; tuck the face underneath the beard. Place the cap atop the head. Fuse the assembled head/hat to the interfacing. Trim the interfacing even with the edges of the felt.
6. Separate the six-strand embroidery floss and use three strands for all embroidery. Straight-stitch blue eyes, a red mouth, and green jacket buttons as shown on pattern pieces.
7. Assemble the back body. Use the assembled front body as a pattern for the back body. Trace around the front body on the paper side of the fusible web. Set the front body aside. Cut out fusible web slightly outside the drawn line. Also cut away 3/8 inch of the lower torso to allow for leg insertion between the front and back bodies.
8. Fuse web to back body. Peel off the paper, align the front and back bodies, and fuse together. If necessary, trim the edges of the back body to match the front body.
9. Insert the legs between the lower front and back bodies, aligning the Xs. To attach legs, make a cross-stitch at each X, using six strands of green embroidery floss and stitching through all layers. Glue the pin back to wrong side of the leprechaun.