Have difficulty sewing the plushie head gusset? Does the left look different from the right? Frustrated from matching the straight to the curved seam?
I used to only enjoy making human plushies. Partly because I seem to see my own reflection better in it, partly because I tremble at the thought of sewing the 3-piece construction of the stuffed animal head.
This type of construction is quite common, often seen in plushies with a long snout, like deers, and bears, less so on cats, and… humans.
An alternative to adding curvature to the face would be to slice the pattern down in the middle. But that’s not very nice, it’s hard to hide that big scar.
Anyway I assume you know what a head gusset is, and I’m not dealing with the pattern making in this post.
Let’s get right on to sewing it
First, get ready the first 2 pieces you will be attaching. Find the snout end of both pieces.
Check that the length of the seam to be sewn matches.
Then, place the curved piece, usually the 2 sides of the face, onto your machine, with the snout pointing away from you.
Then, get ready the head gusset, usually the narrow piece with straighter curve.
Align the 2 pieces, just by the beginning point. Ignore the rest of the curves, so it’s gonna like this below, without pins and all.
Then, start sewing with a short stitch length ( I use 2 for a small 10″ doll like this) to stitch very slowly along the short length that is matched.
As you stitch, hold the gusset piece that is sitting on top to match the bottom face piece. Basically, you are using the machine needle as your third hand to help to hold the curves in place, without pins!
Continue at a snail’s pace to finish the seam.
And there you have it, joining 2 seams of different curvature.
With a gusset shape like this, you get a bear with a slightly protruding snout and a wide forehead, while shifting the offensive seam off-centre.