Easter is only a few weeks away and I hope you are smocking a masterpiece! But if time has gotten
away from you and a smocked masterpiece isn't in the cards, here is a quick and cute duck pattern to add to a simple dress or skirt.
You will need:
A baby washcloth or piece of minky fabric for the ducks.
Small piece of batiste or other thin fabric for the backing of the ducks.
Orange and brown floss to stitch the ducks.
Small amount of Fiberfill stuffing.
Basic sewing supplies.
Downloadable pattern which you will find here.
To make the ducks, begin by drawing them on a piece of tear away stabilizer and pinning it to the wrong side of the wash cloth. Remember they will be facing the other way once they are stitched and turned.
Using a thread color that you will be able to see slightly on the washcloth, stitch the inside lines of the duck (in this case the duck's wing and the line separating the head and bill) with a short stitch length. I used white thread and 1.5 stitch length. Below you can see where I stitched the wing. This will be a guide for the embroidery.
Pin a piece of lining material to the back of the wash cloth (so the right side of the washcloth and right side of the lining fabric are together) and stitch around the outside of the ducks again with a short stitch length. Below you can see the where I stitched from the lining side.
Tear away the stabilizer and trim the seam around the ducks leaving a 1/8 th seam allowance. Cut a slit in just the lining fabric and turn the duck right side out. Add a small amount of fiberfill stuffing to give the ducks some dimension. The large duck has been trimmed and the slit cut for turning and then stuffing. The small ducks have been turned.
Whip stitch the slit closed. Using up and down back stitches, 2 strands of orange floss, and going through all layers, including the stuffing, stitch around the wing and the line between the head and bill. (The stitching you did with the white thread is your guide. Use brown floss to make a french knot eye on the baby ducks and a granito eye on the mother duck. Using a simple whip stitch, and yellow sewing thread, attach the ducks to the dress. I tucked mine under the ric rac to look like waves and stitched the top of the ric rac to the ducks. A free stitching guide of embroidery stitches can be found at Windflower Embroidery if you are not sure how to stitch a french knot or granito, and a big thank you to Jan Kerton who originally taught me this technique.