This soft and friendly duck contains a rattle. You will need:
- Plain and patterned cotton fabrics in related shades
- Needle and thread
- Non-toxic, flame retardant polyester filing (batting)
- Corduroy or needle cord fabric
- Dried peas in a plastic container
- Oddments of felt
- Embroidery thread
Steps to follow:
Step # 1
Make paper patterns for all pieces using the templates as a guide. Cut out 1 shape from the plain and 1 from the patterned cotton fabric for the feet. Tack (baste) them together and stitch, leaving the flat edge open. Clip into the central corner and turn right side out. Lightly stuff the feet with filling (batting).
Step # 2
Cut the 2 gusset pieces from the corduroy or needle cord. The longer piece will be for the front of the duck. Enclosing the feet within the seam, stitch the gussets right sides together along the flat edge. The patterned side of the feet must face upwards. Cut 2 opposite shapes for the duck’s body. Stitch the small darts in the head on both sides.
Step # 3
Starting at the duck’s tail, pin the back point of the gusset to the duck, right sides together, and work forward under the duck until you reach the front of the gusset. Tack (baste) and stitch the seam. Repeat with the second body shape. Break off the stitching line and restart it, having first pressed the bodies flat so that the gusset is folded along its center. Leave the duck’s back open to turn but work 2 cm (3/4 in) of the seam from the tail to allow you to achieve a neat point.
Step # 4
Turn the body right side out and stuff the duck firmly, enclosing a small pea-filled container. Oversew the opening. Cut 2 sets of wing shapes and stitch in pairs leaving the flat edges open. Turn right side out and stuff lightly, then turn in the flat edges and oversew them. Stitch the wings very firmly.
Step # 5
Cut 2 pieces of feeling for the beak and stitch them together close to the edge. Fold the beak through the center and stitch it firmly to the head. Cut 2 white felt circles. For eyes and attach them to the head as shown. Cut a triangle of patterned fabric for a headscarf, neaten the edges and sew it to the head, tying a knot under the chin.