Humpty's Face for Machine Embroidery Now Available
Completed Humpty Now Available for Ordering
In Memory of Mary Petroff
Mary was the mother of our best man at our wedding
and she and I became the best of friends from the time I was 20
years old until she passed away in 1987. She and I used to do a
lot of sewing together and she taught me how to make Humpty. She
was often called "The Humpty Dumpty" lady by many children who received
and loved this wonderful pillow. I hope you will enjoy making him
for the babies that come along in your lives as much as I have enjoyed
making them for the babies that came along in mine.
I have had many requests from people that wanted
to purchase the Humpty pillow already made. Humpty's outer covering
is removable so it can be washed. The size of Humpty is about 10"
Price is $20.00 with shipping included within
the U.S. and Canada. Money Orders (U.S. funds) only accepted. Please
print this page and enclose it with your order. Mail it and your
Money Order to: Janice Roebuck, 5800 W. Sherwood, North Judson,
IN 46366. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.
½ yd. of a print or stripe or plaid for lower
body and arms and legs
½ yd. of solid for head and hands and feet
½ yd muslin for the inside pillow
embroidery floss (black, red, blue) for
Machine embroidery thread plus
Download Design Here
1 package of bias tape to match the fabric
Polyfil stuffing for pillow
CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS: I made only half of the
body and head pattern so it would fit on the scanner. You will have
to draw out a full pattern.
for layout sketch
Cut 2 pieces of solid color fabric for head pieces
Cut 8 pieces of solid color for hand and foot pieces
Cut 2 pieces of print, plaid or stripe for body pieces
Cut 8 pieces of print for legs and arms
Cut 2 pieces of muslin for inner pillow. (Lay the
new pattern that you made with the straight edge on the fold and
cut two pieces that will then be oblong. )
Cut 2 pieces of bias tape 12" long
Face: Use method of choice to trace face onto one head piece
of solid fabric.
Eyes: Upper part of eye can be a hand embroidered
outline or backstitch or you can use the "triple action straight
stitch" on the sewing machine. (Use a hoop if hand stitching and
use stabilizer if machine stitching.) Lower part of eye is done
in blue with the satin stitch or buttonhole stitch by hand. I haven't
had good luck with a machine stitch due to the width of that eyeball.
Nose: Black outline stitch or backstitch or
machine "triple action straight stitch".
Mouth: Red thread could be done with the above
or a very narrow satin stitch.
Linda Gugliotta, a teacher for Erica's
in South Bend and a wonderful digitizer of many designs on Erica's
site listed under "Express
Designs," generously offered to digitize my Humpty Dumpty Face
for me. The design can be stitched out using the "mid size hoop."
I split the design so that those with the Rose and the Viking 1+
could stitch it out with the Plus Hoop.
Print out the design for placement. Fold the head
fabric piece in half vertically and draw a vertical placement line.
Place the center of the design on that line and 3 1/2" from the
straight edge of the head. Make your placement markings and stabilize.
Head and Body of Humpty: Sew the embroidered
face piece to one print body piece along the straight edges using
½" seam. Press seam down towards body. Sew one piece of bias tape
to the right side straight edge of the other head piece in 1/4"
seam. Turn to wrong side and press it down and topstitch on the
edge of the tape. Do the same to the other lower body piece. Set
Arms and Legs: Sew all hand /foot pieces to
all arm/leg pieces. Then sew 2 sections of each together right side
to right side leaving the straight ends open. Cut notches in the
curved ends of the seam so it will lay nicer and turn and press.
Lay the front body with the face up. Fold in half
lengthwise to find the center top and bottom. Cut a tiny notch to
mark the center top and bottom.
Form a small pleat at the center of the open end of
one leg piece and pin it. Place the side of one leg piece 1" from
the lower center notch with the leg facing up towards the body and
raw edges matching. You will have to kind of work with the leg raw
edge to form around the curve of the lower body. Pin it down. Do
the next leg the same way (1" from the center notch), making sure
the pleat faces the same way. Pin it down and the legs will temporarily
cross each other within the upper body. Lift the legs up and check
to make sure those pleats look correct.
Make a pleat in center straight edge of one arm section
and place the arm facing the inner body with the pleat laying on
the seam line of the head and body. Place the other arm section,
making sure that the pleat goes in the same direction as the other
Fold the back head piece and the lower body piece
in half and cut a tiny notch in the center of the curved part.
Lay the printed lower body back piece over the front
sections right sides together and matching those center notches.
Then pin the bias straight edges about 1/4" above the seam of the
front sections. Pin in place and then place a few more pins to hold
the layers together.
Lay the head piece, right sides together and first
match the notches in the center and then overlap the bias tapes
first. You will sew snaps on this bias tape area, so make sure only
the bias tapes are overlapped. Then pin the rest of the head in
Start sewing above the one arm section and sew all
around the whole Humpty. Use a 1/4" seam Then sew again to reinforce
the seam. . Turn inside out.
Sew three snaps (centering the first one) on the bias
tape for closures.
Sew the two muslin pieces together leaving an opening
on the side to turn. Stuff lightly (remember, this is for babies)
and sew the opening by machine. Place the pillow inside of Humpty
and snap closed.