people turnings (wooden pegs) (2 3/8" x 7/8")
Important Note: People turnings (wooden pegs) are not all created equal. Even pegs bought from the same company can be slightly different. I highly suggest you make a copy of the pattern, cut it out of paper, and “try it on” your wooden pegs. Make adjusts to the paper pattern before cutting out your felt.
1] Make copy of pattern and cut out felt.
2]Glue leg piece to people turning. The bottom edge should be lined up with the bottom of the peg. The seam will be the back of your leprechaun. The felt should be touching in the back but not overlapping. Trim felt to fit properly.
3] Glue tunic to people turning. The top of the tunic should be lined up with the top of the body of the peg, the bottom should overlap the leg piece, and the seam should be in the back with the leg seam.
4] Glue to beard to the front of the face.
5] To make the hat, begin by pinning the cone together, overlapping the edges as shown on the pattern. Only pin the edges together. Your finger should be able to slide into the cone.
6] Using 6 strands of matching floss, and beginning at the top point of the cone, sew together the cone using a running stitch. DO NOT tie off the end.
7] Gentle pull on the thread, gathering the cone so the point curls over. When you are satisfied with the shaping, tie off the end but do not cut the thread.
8] To add the hat's rim, hold the rim against the cone so the snipped tabs are on the inside of the hat. Attach the rim by sewing a running stitch around the whole hat. You do not need to pin the rim on. Simply hold in place, easing as necessary. This is very "ish". Just make the tabs and snips are all inside the hat. Make small running stitches. When you get all the way around, DO NOT tie off yet.
9] Fit the hat on the leprechaun. The hat should be tilted backwards, exposing part of the face, but covering the top of the beard. If the hat is too big, simply pull on the running stitch and gather slightly. It does not need to be tight. When you are satisfied with the fit, tie off the thread.
10] Place glue in the inside rim of the hat where the rim is attached to the cone. Place it and the leprechauns head, adjusted as needed. Firmly pat the hat one.
11] When the hat is sufficiently dried, add the hat band. To do this, place a bead of glue on the outside of the hat along the seam where the cone meets the rim. The band seam should be on the back of the hat. The edges of the band should be touching, not overlapping. Trim off excess fabric.
12] Optional: glue a little shamrock on the side of the hat, above the band.
13] Give your leprechaun a name, and send him on his way, ready to create a little mischief!
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