At last! I finished my fly. I love it! I hope you do too. You can try making your own one following the instructions below. You can also drop me an email or visit my shop in etsy if you would like to purchase them.
Christmas tree ornament.
Design: Drosophila melanogaster (female and male)
Technique: cotton fabric filled with polyester stuffing.
Height: 10 cm (aprox)
Width: 15 cm (aprox)
Instructions to make your own Drosophila melanogaster for your Christmas tree.
The materials you need:
- Brown felt for the legs
- Brown cotton fabric for the body
- Red cotton fabric for the eyes
- White cotton fabric for the wings
- Black cotton fabric for the abdomen of the males
- Thread matching the fabric colours
- Polyester stuffing
- Taylor chalk
- Brown ribbon
- Craft knife or scalpel
- Fabric scissors
- Thimble (optional)
Then it is time to work on the design. I started with a draft and modified it after a number of proofs.
Once you are happy with the design it needs to be transferred onto cardboard.
Cut the different pieces out using a craft knife.
Using the cardboard patterns and taylor chalk, mark the fabric and cut the pieces out (2 for the eyes, 2 for the body, and 4 the wings).
First sewing step, the legs: put the two felt pieces together, the one with the marks over the other one and sew them together. Then cut the felt around the sewing line.
The wings: put the two pieces together and sew them together following the line leaving a gap (between the pins) to turn it inside out later (1). Turn the pieces inside out and press (2). Sew all along the border (3). Sew the veins (4).
The body: put the two pieces together with the ribbon in between them placed as indicated (1). I use sellotape to stuck up the ribbon to the fabric. Sew the pieces together following the line leaving a gap (between the pins) to turn it inside out and to stuff it later (2). Turn the pieces inside out and press (3). Embroider five lines at the end of the abdomen using a thick black thread (4).
Stuff it and hand sew opening closed.
Hand sew the eyes, the legs, and the wings. And you got it! I would like to see your own flies. Please email me with your pictures!