Whether there is a dragon that needs taming or a kingdom that needs protecting, you’ll surely want a knight, or better yet, several, to keep the lands safe. And, it’s very important to have a supply of squires, willing and eager to learn the skills necessary to become a knight.
This tutorial has 3 parts:
Part 1 - Getting Started
Part 2 - Crafting the Knight
Part 3 - Crafting the Squire (below)
A NOTE ABOUT MATERIALS: Since we closed our shop, I have many people ask for my current suppliers. I usually send people to A Child's Dream. Debbie has a wonderful online shop (and an actual brick and mortar, too) that has most of the crafting supplies I need for children's toys. For this project you can find wonderful 100% Wool Felt and the Rope Dolls to make your Knight and Squire. AND, if you buy materials from there (any items and any amount) through April 21, 2013, A Child's Dream will take 10% off your entire order. Simply use the coupon code WEEFOLK at check out! Awesome, right? For more info, check out my previous blog about supplies HERE.
Part 1 - Getting Started - Can be found HERE.
In Part 1 you get the pattern and supply list, along with instructions for cutting out the felt and how to add the optional face and boots/gloves.
Part 2 - Crafting the Knight - Can be found HERE.
In Part 2 you learn how to make the knight.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PREVENT MISUSE OF MATERIALS
IMPORTANT: When sewing pieces together, whether using a running, blanket or whip stitch, seam should only be 1/8”. If you make seams larger, the clothes will not fit. The small seam allows the clothing to lay better on the dolls. If you want to make the seams a little larger YOU MUST CUT THE PATTERN PIECES OUT A LITTLE BIGGER. You might want to experiment by making a pair of pants out of inexpensive felt and try sewing them on a doll before you cut out all your pattern pieces.
Follow the directions in Part 2 for making the pants.
Follow the directions in Part 2 for making the shirt.
Pin the 2 pieces of the hood together. Using a blanket stitch and 2 strands of floss, sew together along the 2 seam lines. NOTE: The scalloped bottom and circular opening for the face are not stitched together.
Using a blanket stitch and 3 strands of floss, stitch along the inner circular edge.
Pick 3 different colors of floss. Holding them together and working them like 1 piece of yarn, make loop 4” from end.
Make a chain on your finger or using a size E crochet hook that is 5" long. Pull through the end when 4” remaining.
Using a square knot (right over left, left over right) tie the belt to the squire's waist, pulling tight enough that it slightly gathers the shirt.
Tie off the 2 ends individually, leaving 1" of unchained floss between the chain and knot. Cut off extra thread below the knots.
Using pattern as a guide, fold and stitch up 2 sides using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss.
Fold over flap and sew a running stitch close to the fold using 2 strands of floss. This will keep the flap closed.
Blanket stitch along the flap of the satchel using 3 strands of floss.
Fold the strap lengthwise and using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss sew the strap together lengthwise.
Using the pattern as a guide, position the strap on the satchel, and sew in place using a whip stitch and 2 strands of floss. Note: Just sew to the back of the satchel. You want to keep the inside of the satchel open for tiny treasures!
Your Knights and Squires are now ready to head off on wonderful adventures. Be on the lookout soon for a tutorial on how to make wooden horses for your knights!
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