The folks over at MCG Textiles have an awesome line of latch hook stuffed animals they call Huggables. To make these cuties (only some of which are pictured here) you latch hook all the pieces then follow the instructions to hand sew them together with yarn and stuff them.
The step-by-step instructions are very thorough, or so they thought. A couple of the animals have darts in them, and it seems not everyone is familiar with what a dart is.
MCG’s instruction writer feels terrible about the oversight and has asked me to write a post about making the dart so they can use the link for a reference for anyone who needs help.
Of course I am happy to do that, so here we go!
A dart is a way to make some extra canvas disappear, without cutting it away, and give a flat piece a natural curve. The dart can be long or short, wide or narrow. I made a long and wide one so that it will be easy for you to see.
This is what my piece looks like from the right side…
and from the wrong side…
I told you I made a big dart! 😉
What I am going to do now is get rid of the extra blank canvas in the middle (the dart) by first folding the canvas in half with the right sides facing each other, making sure to match up the sides of the dart.
Next I am going to sew along the edges of the dart using the Back Stitch method in the instructions. To make it easier for you to see the stitching, I used light blue yarn, but you will use the same color yarn as the hooked piece.
That’s it! We’re done! The piece now has that natural curve and won’t lay flat on a surface anymore.
The triangle-shaped extra canvas is on the back of the piece.
When you stuff your animal the stuffing will either push the extra canvas against the piece or it will surround it – either is fine. There is no need to cut off the canvas, and doing so may actually make the dart a weak spot.
Hopefully this helps everyone who has any questions, but if not, please be sure to let me or the folks at MCG know! You can add a comment here or on their Facebook page, or you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time…keep being crafty