I am so smitten with the look of these little stingrays. I love the serious look from the top and the surprisingly goofy smile from underneath. There are many reasons a pocket sized sting ray might come in handy but these charming rays are definitely a must have for any aquatic mobile or ocean themed Christmas tree. If you choose to make them in the icy tones I chose you can even call them ice skates.
You will need:
To make a felt stingray
5″ x5″ scrap felt color or print of your choice, I used Aqua, White and Mint
Blue and white sequins or colored to match your felt
Black embroidery thread
2 small black beads or small doll eyes, you can also create eyes with french knots.
Sewing Pin – optional
Pattern for felt stingrays below
One each of the stingray front and back and two tail pieces you can also freehand these if you prefer. For more on cutting small shapes see our post here
How to make a felt stingray
Starting with the larger piece (top) fold in half and pin if needed.
With a running stitch and matching thread sew the ridge along the top of the sting ray. Start a little below the pointed tip and ending before the base area (see sting ray pattern)
Sew two small stitches for the eyes with a single strand of black embroidery floss. Sew on sequins as desired. For more on attaching sequins see our post.
Accent the smaller (bottom) stingray by sewing down two beads for eyes. You can also use 4mm doll eyes or create eyes using black embroidery thread to create two french knots. Sew a smile using a small stitch in the center to hold the smile in place.
Create tail by overcast stitching the tail pieces together,
Overcast stitch the stingray front and back together with matching thread. Match the curves up as you go.
Leave the base of the sting ray open for the tail .
Close up the bottom with overcast stitches using a running stitch to attach the tail.
These felt sting rays look great in any color! To turn them into an ornament simply sew a loop through the the sting ray.
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