Graying flesh dropping from exposed teeth? Check. Spiky wisps of hair sticking out all over? Check. Moldy bandages trailing around lurching limbs? Check. It's a classic zombie: the one's that's graced a thousand B movies. Coming soon to a sewing table near you.
Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate awaken their inner George A. Romero and focus their creative attention on the malleable, fuzzy softness of felt inside Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead. Inside, crafters will find instructions for more than 15 zombie creatures, including a Romero-esque Day of the Dead Zombie. Additional Zombie Feltie projects include: * Zombie Bride * Zombie Puppy * Vampire Zombie * Zombie Bunny * Folklore Zombie * Zombie Surfer, and more! With only the most basic of sewing skills, crafters can raise their own macabre multitude of Zombie Feltie creations from the undead with an average construction time of less than one hour per pattern. Each design includes a full-color photograph of the finished project, ...© 2013 Nicola Tedman & Sarah Skeate / Andrews McMeel Publishing · Reproduced with permission.
Cut out all the felt pieces as marked. Stick the nose piece in place on one of the head pieces with craft glue. Thread a beading needle with 2 strand of black floss and stitch the black bugle beads in place on the nose piece.
Thread a beading needle with 1 strand of white floss and stitch the 4 white bugle beads in place under the nose to make teeth. Thread an embroidery needle with 6 strands of black floss and sew a large cross stitch where the zombie's left eye will dangle. Thread a beading needle with 2 strands of black floss and sew the right eye in place by taking the needle through the felt, then through the black sequin, the smaller of the 2 round white beads, and one of the tiny black beads, then back through the larger bead, the sequin, and the felt.
Add the dangling eyeball; Thread a beading needle with 2 strands of red floss and push it from the wrong side of the felt through the center of the cross stitch the makes the left eye. Feed first the second tiny black bed and then the larger round white bead onto it. Thread the needle back through the center of the white bead, then sew the floss back through the felt, leaving enough slack for the eyeball to dangle to the cheek. When the loop is the right length, bring the floss back through from the wrong side of the felt and wind more red floss around the loop of the eyeball to strengthen it. Finish off the floss on the wrong side of the felt.
Glue the bandage across the left-hand top of the head, taking the ends around to the back.
Cut the necklace cord into 10 even lengths an glue them in place on the inside of the second head piece. Thread an embroidery needle with 1 strand of pale gray floss, align the 2 head pieces, and sew them together with a small overstitch. Leave a gap at the base and pad the head lightly with wisps of stuffing, using a matchstick or tweezers to help you. Then stitch the gap closed.
Add the 4 body bandages to the front of one of the body pieces, glueing them in place and taking the ends around to the wrong side of the felt.
Glue the single arm unit to the wrong side of the second body piece, very slightly below the top edge. Wrap and glue the arm bandage twice around the right arm.
Thread an embroidery needle with 1 strand of dark gray floss, align the body pieces, and stitch them together using a small overstitch. Pass the needle to the side of the bandages so that the stitches don't show. Leave the neck open. Pad the body with wisps of stuffing, using a matchstick or tweezers to fill it evenly. Stitch the body closed.
Thread an embroidery needle with 2 strands of dark gray floss and stitch the body to the back of the head. Finally, trim the spikes of hair to make raggedly different lengths.