St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in Chicago. The city has a rich Irish culture, and even the people here who aren’t technically from the Emerald Isle still love to throw a good party. I’m in the second group, myself. I’m not Irish, but it’s fun to see how into the holiday my friends and neighbors get. I’ll take any excuse to add some Irish cream to my coffee – plus, the city dyes the river green!
I was feeling a bit festive, so I decided to make this week’s project rather St. Paddy’s Day in nature. I found some wonderfully fuzzy green fabric, and decided to make a small plush in the shape of a four-leaf clover. Once a little face is embroidered on, the plush gets an added bit of whimsy. I love how the little dude turned out looking kind of like a monster or alien. This makes a fun gift for a kiddo in your life, or just a cute new bit of decoration for your bed or couch.
- Fuzzy green fabric
- Green thread
- Black thread
- Basic sewing needle
- Straight pins
- Measuring tape
- Ballpoint pen
- Wide paper to make a pattern
- Optional: sewing machine
- Fold the paper in quarters. Sketch a 5-inch wide, 5 1/2-inch tall cloverleaf shape onto the paper, with the base touching the fold (like how you would trace a paper snowflake). Cut the shape out and unfold it. You should now have a symmetrical four-leaf clover template.
- Use the template to trace two of the shapes onto the green fabric, and cut them out.
- Sketch a little face into the center of one of the pieces of fabric, on the side that will be facing out.
- Cut a couple of feet of black thread and fold it in half, then thread the needle and tie a knot.
- Stitch over your traced lines. Use a looping motion, and keep your stitches close together to give the look of a solid line. Make sure you tie your knots on the back of the fabric, so your work will be hidden.
- Pin the two pieces of fabric together, with the stitched face turned inwards.
- Sew the two pieces of fabric together using the needle and green thread or a sewing machine. Keep your stitches close to the edge of the fabric. Leave a couple of inches unstitched—you’ll need a spot to put the stuffing in.
- Turn the stitched pieces inside out.
- Stuff the plush.
- Fold the unstitched edges of the fabric in towards each other, and pin them in place.
- Cut a couple of feet of the green thread and fold it in half, then thread the needle and tie a knot.
- Stitch the remaining edge of the plush closed.
- Ta da! You have an adorable little clover plush to gift or keep.