Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick
|Now it is time to stitch on the top of the dreidel. Take the top square piece and align it with the box shape at the top of the dreidel, matching the corners. Using a whip stitch, begin stitching about 3/4 of an inch from one corner. Stitch toward the corner. When you reach the corner, the small unstitched section on the side seam will spread apart to match the top corner seam. Stitch on both sides of the corner to hold the felt in place and then reinforce the corner by stitching over it several times as you go around. This will give the corner a smooth contour. Continue stitching the top in place, reinforcing the corners until you are about halfway to the corner on the last side. At this point, use small tufts of fiberfill to stuff the dreidel. Be sure to push out the curved sections near the bottom of the dreidel and watch that the shape fills out evenly. When you have finished stuffing the dreidel, continue sewing the top closed. Continue to add bits of stuffing as you go to fill the top corners nicely. When you reach the end, secure the thread and hide the end by pushing the needle down diagonally into the dreidel and out again through one of the sides. Pull on the needle and snip the floss. The end will disappear inside. |
|Make the handle of the dreidel with the remaining piece of felt that you cut. Place the felt on a flat surface so that the shorter edges (2 inches wide) are at the top and bottom. Fold the piece over so that end edge is about 3/8 of an inch from the other edge (see photo). Press down on the folded edge and roll it up tightly into a tube shape. Use pins to hold the edge down while you sew it in place. When you reach the the other end of the tube, secure the floss with a knot, but do not cut the thread yet. Place the handle on top of the dreidel and use the remaining floss to sew the handle securely to the dreidel.|
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Happy Sewing!