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Extract from Zodiac Felties • By Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate • Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing

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Tough charm characterizes these little scales
September 23–October 22
Ruled by: Venus
Element: Air
Colors: pink, blue, & green
Gemstone: Opal

Tough charm characterizes these little scales: Libra demands balance and elegance (in the most delightful yet ironfisted way). So be extra careful that yours presents a symmetrical face to the world.

—From Zodiac Felties: 16 Compelling Astrological Characters to Craft by Nicola Tedman & Sarah Skeate/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

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  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut out all the felt pieces as marked, either photocopying or scanning the templates, or using tracing paper to make templates, as described on page 4. Lay the inner body template over the piece of plastic and draw around it with the permanent marker. Use the awl to indent the dots through the pattern into the plastic, then cut the plastic piece out.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 2
    Step 2

    Push the awl through each dent in the plastic to make small holes.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use the pliers to make a small loop in the middle of the length of craft wire, as shown.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 4
    Step 4

    Thread first a light green seed bead and then an amber droplet bead onto each end of the wire, then bend the ends of the wire into curves, using the pliers and following the shape shown\ on the template.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 5
    Step 5

    Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of green floss and sew the wire onto the plastic inner body piece, using the holes made with the awl. When the scales/earrings are held firmly in place on the plastic, knot and then trim the floss.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place a tiny dab of superglue on the wire on the body side of one of the amber droplet beads and slide the light green seed bead close to the droplet bead to glue it in place. Repeat on the other side. Use dabs of superglue to attach the dark green seed beads on the curled ends of the wire.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 7
    Step 7

    Spread a thin layer of rubber cement on one side of the face piece and on the head area of one of the body pieces. Wait for a few moments, then press the face in place on the body.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 8
    Step 8

    Spread a thin layer of rubber cement on one side of the hair piece, and another on the area of the face where it will be glued. Wait for a few moments, then press the hair in place at the top of the face.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 9
    Step 9

    Thread an embroidery needle with one strand of white floss and sew around the white felt of the face with a small overhand stitch. Rethread with a single strand of pink floss and sew around the hair in the same way.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 10
    Step 10

    Thread a beading needle with two strands of pink floss and sew the green star bead in the middle of the forehead, at the parting of the hair. Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of black floss and create the closed eyes with gently curved lines of up to four backstitches each, adding little angled stitches to suggest eyelashes.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 11
    Step 11

    Make the nose with two separate straight vertical stitches. Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of dark red floss and make the pouting mouth—first sew a V shape, then a longer single stitch across the top of it. Finish off each of the top points of the V with a French knot to give the mouth extra emphasis.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sandwich the plastic inner body between the two body pieces, letting the scales protrude from each side of the head and the little plastic base stick out at the bottom.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 13
    Step 13

    Thread an embroidery needle with one strand of green thread. Start to sew around the body at the bottom, sewing through the punched holes in the plastic and continuing around the body’s edge, using a small overhand stitch.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 14
    Step 14

    When you have sewn around half the body and most of the head, stuff Libra with wisps of the stuffing, using a matchstick or tweezers to help you to push the stuffing evenly around the plastic inner piece. When the doll is evenly padded, sew the gap closed.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 15
    Step 15

    Thread a beading needle with one strand of green floss to sew on the bead and sequin head ornaments. First thread on a clear flower sequin, then a lilac sequin, and finally a green seed bead. Sew in place using the method for securing a sequin with a bead described on page 9, and following the photograph of the finished libra to place the ornaments correctly.

  • How to make a rag dolls / a person plushie. Libra The Scales - Step 16
    Step 16

    Glue the arms in place by spreading a thin layer of rubber cement on the back of the arms and another layer where they will be positioned on the body, waiting for a few moments, and then pressing in place to secure.

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