Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Not Myrtle...

I hate that particular bit of rhyming.  Not sure why, but anyway... here's a couple I made earlier...

I made this one earlier in the week, and although he was a lot less fiddly than the guys above, he lacks pizzaz, and most importantly, a shell.  So, I had a bit of a rummage around in my files, and found this:

and so I made a couple.  The smallest size is the original pattern, and I just used my printer to up the second size to 125%.  Mine tilt forward a bit alarmingly, and I don't like the way the belly drags on the ground, so I'll be doing a bit of an adjustment to the pattern to stop that from happening - I also don't like the way the legs & belly are three separate, very fiddly pieces, so I'll be making a new middle piece to fix that.  I've got it printed at 150% as well, that I hope to make today.

They don't take a lot of fabric - in fact, I made the first one from a couple of 10" squares, but the second one, being a bit bigger, needs either two identical 10" squares for the body, or a fat quarter.  The rest of it you could certainly make out of a couple of 10" squares (the shell is lined).  I used safety eyes, rather than french knots.  The instructions are pretty good though, and for an experienced sewist, maybe an hour's work - the perfect gift for a small person.  


PS - the original pattern for Erin's turtle came from PurlBee - here's the link:


  1. Cute!

    myrtle doesn't rhyme with turtle... am I missing something? (aside from the obvious)

  2. In Oz, Myrtle & Turtle definitely rhyme. What's the scottish take on Myrtle?

  3. the plant or the name? Not many people called Myrtle. Mostly goes with "Eunice" in my head for another Oz blog ;-)

    Turtles not really a thing here either. Probably mroe Mutant Ninja than native.

    Rhyming slang we have though. Donkeys. Not a Scooby. that's two still in common usage!


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