Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WIP Wednesday :: Market Fish

It's that time again and I'm sewing some market samples for Blend Fabrics and these fish are too cute not to share! The original pattern can be found here on etsy but I wanted to share some modifications and tips to make them a little easier. You can see I made my fish template a bit bigger than the original pattern above. I also use cardboard to make the template because I always have cereal boxes and never have template plastic! Also way more cost effective ;-)

Sew your strips together first - mine were 4.5"/6.5"/2.5" x about 8" long - the length just needs to be long enough to fold over and fit the entire fish on it.

Fold your sewn strips in half and trace your fish - remember to leave a 2.5" opening to turn and stuff. Also make sure your yarn/twine/whatever is in the inside of your fish with the knot outside of your traced line!

Sew all the way around the line you traced on - this is why I made my template a bit bigger. Now cut the excess fabric off. I leave an extra bit of fabric where the opening is, I've found it's just easier to whipstitch shut with that extra folded inside.

Turn, stuff, add some eyes and you're done!
Cutest school of fish ever right?
My child is already hunting for a fishing pole...

And now I'm off to sew pillows and Easter Baskets!
Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Oh my! They are just too cute!

  2. What a great idea! My kids would have lots of fun with those :)

  3. Oh my FISH! LOL These are sooo cute. I think I might need to start fishing! Thanks!

  4. Lovely fish, thanks for the tips on making one.

  5. totally adorable! you could put magnets in them and then make it a game. ;)

  6. So much fun! Not sure what I would use them for, but I still want to make one :-)

  7. Hello, found you via Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday. Thank for sharing.

  8. I love these! I want to fill some with catnip for my cats to play with. Thanks for the inspiration.


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