You will need a strip of felted jumper or sweater approx 7 cm x 40 cm. I just guessed this and cut it freehand.
Keep rolling , with each turn just below the top of the one previous - like a spiral, stitching it in place as you . The felt is lovely and thick so it is very forgiving of bad hand sewing (trust me).
Sew all the way around using a small 1/4 inch seam allowance.
With pointy scissors , cut a small slit in the centre of the snails body and turn it through the slit.
Stuff your snails body and sew the slit closed - Don't panic about this as it will be covered by the shell.Using embroidery thread, wrap it around the body to create tails segments (do snails have tails?) and also a head - GO WILD!!!! Secure your threads.
Add some eyes. I sewed on a weeny circle of felt and a tiny bead - I was confused about a mouth so I just left it out! She is looking somewhat stunned here.
Then simply sew your shell to your body. Depending how far up the shell you sew, you can give your snail a bit of curve - it won't matter as he will be getting a firm base to help him stand.
You will need a small thermoplastic circle measuring 3cm across (if you have no templastic, just use a piece of old folder, or an ice cream container). Cut a piece of felt to match your body about 1cm larger than the plastic circle.
Run a gather stitch around the felt and gather up - a bit like a yo-yo only with the plastic inside. Secure your threads.
Pin the base to the bottom of your snail and check for balance - fiddle around until you find the right position so he can stand........ Stitch it on and then, if he can stand ....he can race!
(eeeek I love this)
I made this mat to go with the snails. I think it would be a great gift for little kids - you just need to add some dice and away you go. yes OK, My youngest is almost 14 but ....ummm...well I like it!!!
The finish line I created in word and printed out on Matilda's Own ink jet printable fabric - you could do the same for the numbers but I had some on fabric already.
Once everything is where it should be - just add a backing. I sewed it up and turned it all out through the gap , rather than bother with a binding.
The fruity finish line was cut straight from fruity fabric and added the same as the rest.
If you made this as a gift you could also make a dice and have doubles of the numbers 1, 2, 3, so the game lasts a bit longer. Or you could just make a really long racecourse!!!
In a photo finish- I think Corduroy won by an eyeball.