This next tutorial is really only an aid to sewing some of my toys such as Phoebe, Pippi, Dawn, Scotty McSpotty and Kiki to name a few. I have had a number of people say that they either do not understand or have had difficulty transitioning from sewing around the body to sewing the inner legs. Hopefully this will make it a little clearer and will help those who have tackled or are yet to tackle these patterns.
For this tutorial I am making some basic mini Phoebes, but the principles are the same for any of the mentioned patterns - You would be likely to have something looking a little different than my tutorial pieces - with hoof fabric/toes etc.
Step 2. Following the instructions in your pattern, place one inner leg piece on top of one main body piece, right sides together. You tack/pin these together and then sew all the way around the edges of the inner leg from toy back to toy front. One note that should be on all of the four mentioned patterns is that you need to curve the seams at the beginning and end of your inner legs to the edge of the fabric. This is an essential step in the process.
Step 5. Fold the legs up against the body to reveal the top edge of the inner legs. You will see how the top straight edges of the inner legs are now right sides together and become a circle with the rest of the body.
Step 6. Tack/pin the top edge of the inner legs together.
Step 7. Now sew around your toy with a small stitch on your sewing machine, starting at the turning gap, until you reach the inner leg seam. If you have curved your seams accurately on the legs (at step 2), you should be able to sew over the leg seam now and continue around the inner legs of your toy and back up to the other side of your turning gap. Some people seem to be having troubles at this point, or end up with puckers, so the next few steps will show you an alternate method to ensure your seams are perfect.
Sew around the toy, starting at the turning gap, until you reach the inner leg section. Sew stitches all the way up to the outer leg seam and then secure your stitches with backwards/forward stitching.
Step 8. Sew all of the inner legs together, ending and securing your stitches when you again reach the next outer leg seam. Fold the legs down again and then start sewing the remainder of your body, up to the turning gap, starting right at the seam once again.
I hope you all have perfect inner legs now - hee-hee, sounds like we have just completed an aerobics class!