How to make straw hay bales for horses for 18" or American Girl dolls. Free step by step sewing tutorial.
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
First cut out:
2 - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces for the ends
4 - 3 1/2" x 7" pieces for the sides
I wouldn't recommend going much shorter just because it will get hard to sew with a sewing machine (unless you are hand sewing). I started cutting with a rotary cutter, but found my burlap was really tough to cut with it (probably needed a new blade) so I ended up cutting with scissors and that was easier for me.
The easy way is to cut strips 3 1/2" wide from the burlap, and then just trim down to 3 1/2" or 7" lengths as needed. Hey, I can't help myself - I think in terms of ripping and cross cutting :)
Start in the middle and turn corners by:
1. When you are about 1/4" from the end of your smaller piece, with the needle depressed in the fabric, lift the foot.
2. Turn the bottom fabric so the next side edge matches your top piece and put the foot back down.
3. Sew to within 1/4" of the next corner and repeat until all four sides are done.
I again used a zig zag stitch and 1/4" inseams.