Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Felt Sita

Here is how to make the third character in my felt Ramayan set: Sita.

1.) Using 100% wool felt, (I get mine from Weir Crafts since other polyester blend or eco-felts usually tear over time), cut out the following pieces:

Note: the torso is in duplicate.

2.) Using black thread doubled, sew two eyes and a mouth onto the front of the face, and red for the bindi.
3) Sew the two duplicate torso pieces together using a blanket or whip stitch.
4.) Fold the gray skirt part of the sari in half, around Sita's waist.  Sew the three open sides of the gray skirt closed.
5.) Sew the little gray band to the yellow sari pallo (the triangular shape in the lower right of the picture). 
6.) Sew the yellow blouse to the front of the torso.
7.) Sew the red pallo (the part of the sari that will drape over the front of the gray skirt and the blouse) diagonally over the front of Sita as shown in the very first picture.  Then sew the yellow pallo to the back of the left shoulder.  
8.) Sew the circular black piece to the back of the head.
9.) Sew the braid to the bottom right of the back of the black circle.  Then fold it over her shoulder and sew the braid down its length to secure it and you're done!

Optional: Cut out scraps (pictured to the left of the gray rectangle in the picture above), to add a flower to Sita's hair.  My scraps ended up being too small so I didn't end up doing this).

RamLakshman and Sita are now done.  Check back for Hanuman and Ravan over the next couple months.  New posts every Monday and Thursday.

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