Like the real thing, this noisy reptile can be heard as well as seen.
The head and tail are lightly filled with polyester filling in case
the child waves the snake about and accidentally hits herself. Various
noisemakers are distributed among the sections that make up its body.
These are separated by narrower unfilled linking strips which help
to make the snake floppy and sinuous. Choose the fabric for the sections
with care and the finished snake can combine textures with sounds.
- Decide on the length of your snake - say four noisy sections
with a head and tail and linking strips in between.
- In order, lay out the fabrics you will use.
- Select your noisemakers and place they by their fabric.
- Now cut the fabrics to size. All the noisemakers will be inserted
through the tail end so make sure that is large enough for them
all. Each section must wrap round its noisemaker with some extra
fabric to allow for seams.
- Next, start to construct the snake. Pin the head to the first
linking section. Pin that to the first segment. Add the next linking
section and so on all down the snake. Finish with the tail.
- Round off the head and tail.
- Join together in a long line, all the pieces of fabric and remove
- With right sides together pin along the length of the snake,
matching the seams for a neat job.
- Sew up the snake's skin, and leave the tail open.
- Lightly stuff the head and stitch across the first seam that
joins it to the linking strip.
- Stitch across the next seam that joins the linking strip to
the first section. Insert the first noisemaker and stitch across.
Continue in this way until you reach the tail.
- Lightly stuff it and finish off by hand.
- Add large felt eyes to the head.
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