These are the instructions for my shark pattern. The end result is a stubby, chubby little shark with one serious set of choppers.
The pattern pieces are labeled with pertinent information. Blue text and arrows indicate the names of the pieces. Shapes centered along an edge indicate which tabs (with matching shapes) to sew the piece between. Important edges are labeled with black text.
Most of the sewing for this project can be done by hand or by machine.
felt (for teeth)
two buttons for eyes (if you are making this for someone little enough to put stuff in their mouth, you may want to substitute small circles of black fleece to avoid the choking hazard)
sewing machine (optional)
1. Cut out all pattern pieces, remembering to trace Teeth onto felt.
2. Attach and stuff the Dorsal Fin and Arm Fin pieces. With right sides together, attach the two Dorsal Fin pattern pieces together and sew along the curved edges. Turn the attached Dorsal Fin right side out and stuff generously with your stuffing of choice. Once stuffed, sew the Dorsal Fin closed along the flat edge. Repeat this process for both Arm Fins and set the assembled fins aside for now.
3. Attach the felt Teeth to the two Body Front pattern pieces. With right sides together, line up the seam marked as the head seam on each half of the Teeth and Body Front pieces, placing the Teeth between the pentagons on the pattern. Sew along the head seam on each piece.
4. Sew the Head Front pattern piece to the Body Front pattern piece along the head seam.
With right sides together, line the Head Front piece and the Body Front pieces up on the head seam.
Make sure the narrow point of the Head Front is facing the side seam on the Body Front. Unless
you're good at pinning and sewing using your machine (which I am not) this step will probably be easier to do by hand,
as you're matching curved pieces.
From here on, this piece will be referred to as the Assembled Body Front.
5. Sew the Arm Fins to the Assembled Body Front. Line the flat seam of the Arm Fin up between the stars on the side seam of the Assembled Body Front with the point of the Arm Fin curving away from the colored Head Front on the Assembled Body Front. Sew along the flat seam of the Arm Fin. Repeat this process with the other Assembled Body Front and Arm Fin.
6. Sew the Assembled Body Front pieces together. Line the two Assembled Body Front pieces up along the
belly seam and sew along the belly seam.
From here on, this piece will be referred to as the Front.
7. Attach the Dorsal Fin. Line the flat edge of the Dorsal Fin up along the back seam of one the Body Back pieces between the triangles with the point facing toward the side seam and curving toward the tail. Sew along the flat edge of the Dorsal Fin.
8. Attach the Body Back pieces. Line up the two Body Back pieces right sides together along the back seam,
making sure to also line up the tail. Sew along the back seam, continuing around the tail and to the first circle
on the side seam marked "leave open for stuffing".
From here on, this piece will be referred to as the Back.
9. Attach the Front and Back. With right sides together, line the Front and Back up along the side seams and head side seams. Sew along the entire length of the head side seam and side seam on one side, and sew to the circle marked "leave open for stuffing" on the other side.
10. Turn your assembled shark right side out using the hole left between the circles marked "leave open for stuffing".
11. Stuff your shark generously using the stuffing of your choice, being sure to shove some of it down into the points of the tail.
12. Use a ladder stitch to close the hole left between the circles marked "leave open for stuffing".
13. Attach your eyes. You could technically do this step earlier, but I like to wait until things are stuffed so I can figure out exactly where the eyes look best.