Cheater minky, part II

Awhile back, I posted an entry about using the embroidery machine to do fiddly pieces on minky plush. It came up in a BeeZeeArts group, and I’ve fine-tuned my files a bit since then, so here they are. The original entry talks a bit more generally about how to make these kinds of files yourself, but here I’ll just cut to the chase.

The files require the purchase of BeeZeeArts’ bat pattern, or the beginner bat pattern (which uses what I assume are the same ears, and no feet). And yes, I asked permission before posting even these pieces (actually I said I wasn’t going to post them because they were part of a paid pattern, and BZ kindly volunteered permission).

Normal BeeZeeArt bats have normal safety eyes. Gritty Bat… doesn’t.

The combo file is mostly designed for ears that require fussy-cutting (positioning a fabric design in a specific place on the cut piece). There are five color changes, none of which have to actually change colors of thread.

  • It starts with a little divider stitch, sewn on stabilizer only; minky for the feet goes below it, ear lining fabric goes above it.
  • Next comes an ear outline that you can either use as a tackdown stitch on the ear lining, or as a placement stitch for particularly fussy cutting.
  • Then, after you place the top minky (RST), comes an optional tackdown stitch that will hold everything in place.
  • Finally, real stitching: it will double-stitch the feet.
  • And then the ears.

The other two files are for sewing three bats at a time, and include only two color changes: a tackdown rectangle (which I usually skip) and the actual sewing. The ears file requires a 5×7 hoop.

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