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For Rami this year, I knew I wanted to make a stuffed animal. He has always been a sweet, cuddly boy who loves his animals, and over the summer, he always wanted to hear bed time stories about dragons, so why not a stuffed dragon?

I found an adorable pattern from Choly Knight, and got working!

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I purchased some dimpled minky fabric in light blue, dark yellow, and lime green, for the different parts of my dragon. I decided for the middle heart, I would use some left over maroon sweatshirt fabric from my joggers project.

Shannon Minky Cuddle Dimple Dark Lime - Fabric.com
This adorable, soft and cuddly fabric has a smooth minky surface with dimple-like embossing, 3 mm pile, 400 grams and is perfect for creating blankets, baby accessories, plush toys, quilt backings and more!

The pattern was fairly easy to understand, so I cut out my pieces and began to assemble. By far the hardest part was figuring out the eyes. I had never used fusible web, and actually purchased the wrong thing when I went to Joann Fabrics. Oops. I ended up just hand-sewing the eye pieces after pinning them on, and I think they turned out fine.

Good enough for a 3 year old to enjoy!

I enjoyed attaching all the pieces together, as though I was going through a checklist of what needed to be added to a dragon. "Okay, body, head...uh, eyes, wings, oops arms and legs, tail? Got it." I was very nervous about how it might turn out, as I've never really made a detailed plushie like this before.

I have made knit animals in the past, which I usually manage to overstuff. I made a friend a knit squirrel once, which was so cute, except I had overstuffed its arms so it looked like it was intensely buff. Working with fabric was much easier, because the filling just wouldn't go in to a point where it would be overstuffed (knitting is stretchier).

As I added each feature, the dragon started to come together. I'm really excited for what Rami might name him. He has a stuffed cat that he named "Police Car" and a stuffed wolverine that he named "Boy." I knew the hardest part for me would be hand-sewing the head on. Once everything is stuffed, it's just hard to maneuver to get everything on straight. I persevered though, and even though it did turn out somewhat crooked, I think it mostly works.

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