Surf Toys!

So, I’ve noticed there’s not a lot of toys out there for the kids of the surf obsessed. I read once that the late great Hawaiian longboarder Rell Sunn would always take a new board to sleep with her on the first night she got it, but fiberglass seems awfully hard to snuggle with.
I really like fins, so I thought making some soft plush fins from recycled felt would be fun and could be enjoyed by kids (and maybe even adults- we won’t tell).
First, I just took one of my larger side bite fins, laid it flat side down on a sheet of paper, and traced around it to make a pattern. I cut that shape out, and pinned it down to a sheet of felt, and cut two fin pieces (front and back) out with a pair of utility scissors:

One side of the fin being cut out

Next, I wanted to add a fun little face to the fin, so I needed to go ahead and sew that now on one of the fin sides. I picked one of the sides, used black heavy embroidery floss and a sharp tapestry needle, and made a few stitches by hand on top of each other to make one eye:

Starting to make the eye

Next, I’ll move over an inch or two and do the same thing to make the other eye. In between, I’ll come up and make a few stitches in an upside down arc for a little smile:

Forming the rest of the face

After the face is completed, hold the wrong sides together (you are not going to be turning the piece inside out- the seam will be exposed) and begin on the bottom side edge base of the fin with a blanket stitch by hand (I also used blanket stitch in this project), stitching around the entire fin, but leaving the bottom edge of the fin open for stuffing:

Blanket Stitch

Sew all around, leave bottom open for stuffing

Keep the thread attached, and stuff the fin a little. There’s no need to overstuff the fin since you mostly want it to remain flat. You can also use PVC pellets and make bean bags out of these too, if you would like- no more than 1/4 cup and a little stuffing. Finish sewing up the bottom of the fin using the same blanket stitch and knot the thread ends together for security.

Happy little fin!

You can go crazy with these and make different styles, colors, and even style your own soft boards!

Happy little surf toy family!

These may be the only fins that will make you smile if you get chucked in the head by one!

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