Using the same Owl pattern that I made the doorstop with I decided to make a regular softie.
This one is in all colours of pink as that’s what Little Miss soon to be 4 likes. I made it the same way as the doorstop but this time didn’t use buttons for the eyes just felt and my favourite way of stitching eye pupils (I do a star) I put a tiny bit of stuffing in each wing and foot before I stitched them into the main body.
My Sashiko coasters are no longer a UFP
Once I decided to work on these again I couldn’t stop. It only took me a few hours to finish the stitching detail. I could’ve finished them the same day except after I machine stitched them together I wanted to trim them down but the lightening was bad and I had to wait until I had natural light again.
When I originally started these I was going to give them as a gift. I’m going to still go with that idea. I wasn’t sure how well I’d stitch them together to make the coaster as you had to make sure you stitched inside all the printed lines around the edges so they wouldn’t be visible. I did a lot of pinning and chalk marking to draw guidelines on the back of the fabric to follow. I’m very happy with the end result and happy to declutter a project from my stash.
Its coming up to the 2014 Sydney Stitches and Craft show and it got me thinking I have a UFP from a class I did at last years show.
I like the look of Sashiko. I love the simplicity of the stitches. When you see an expert do it and all the stitches are the same tiny length it looks fantastic. I decided to take a class to try it myself. In the class we got given a kit which included a set of 5 pre-stencilled coasters. I really enjoyed it. I worked on it when I got home and got about half of the coasters done. Unfortunately due to other craft projects it got put down and I never got back to it. I’ve now decided to set myself the mission of finishing them. Once they are finished I’m not sure if I’ll keep them myself or give them as gifts but I do want to see them completed. I’m putting them up on here to get my butt into gear and make it happen.
Hello I’m a Lolly-Fly
This is the first detailed softie that I’ve ever designed. Previously I’ve done basic shapes like Spot but I’ve never made something so detailed without following a pattern as a guideline. On some scrap paper I sketched out a butterfly wing. When I made Spot I think it took a few sketches before I was happy however this time the first wing I did was perfect. I went over the pencil sketch with black marker to see it better and then flipped over the paper and traced over the black outline again so the wing would be in reverse. For the main body I sketched out a head shape and originally just had a rectangle for the rest of the body.
When gathering the fabric from my stash I found a really nice large piece of fabric that had a goldish strip in it. I thought it would be perfect for the body as it was very detailed. I was able to slice off one of the gold strips and by chance in the process also got a pink strip which I used for the head. I found the blue and purple fabric which I’d previously dyed matched in the colours on the gold detail so used those as the applique pieces. I wanted the background of the wings to be contrasting with the rest of the fabrics so I went with just a plain pink. I found a 1.5″ strip of blue fabric already cut so used that for the antennas.
When constructing this I decided to curve the body a bit to make it cuter. The wings are one piece of fabric, I drew each one and left an inch gap between them so that I could attach them to the body. When I stitched them together I left 2 gaps for filling. I finished the main body first before hand sewing the empty wings onto the body. I had a slight mishap I didn’t check the wings before I started my 3 rows of hand sewing and stitched them the wrong direction, cause they were upside down I didn’t notice. I was sew devastated. I ended up having to unpick them which luckily didn’t ruin the body piece too much and re-stitch them. To cover up the messy stitching of the wings I used more of the antenna tube and appliqued it on. I think it also gives colour to the back without having to add anything else.
I really like this. It’s just like how I saw it in my mind. I wanted to design a toy for my niece that was for her cause I told her at Christmas I’m yet to find a toy with her name (or nickname) in it. I’ve been told she likes butterflies so I hope she likes her Lolly-fly
This little Owl is so cute.
I found this pattern in Home Sewn Gifts magazine (Vol 1) The original design had this as a pyjama case but I just used the basic shape as the design. This was the first time I’ve ever used the technique of appliqueing with a double thickness of fabric. You place the 2 pieces of fabric right sides together and draw around the shape. You then stitch around the entire shape when finished you clip a small incision on one of the fabrics and turn the fabrics right way out through the incision. You then stitch the applique piece into place with the incision hidden at the back. Although the frugal crafter in me struggles with notion of wasting good fabric this technique is very effective and useful. Stitching it into place was so easy as you didn’t have to worry about raw edges. It also gives it a bit more of a 3D feel.
As this is a doorstop and needed to have weight to it I decided not to use anything that might encourage vermin so instead filled it with fish tank gravel. At my local shops I found several types of gravel so chose the gravel that was completely dry (some types looked like they had moisture in the packet) This little guys has 1.5kg of gravel in him. Again the felt came from the stash my friend had given me and the buttons on the eyes this time were from my mum’s old pj’s. They fit perfectly on this project.
This little creature is designed by Dawn Lewis and was published in Patchwork & Stitching magazine (Vol15 No. 2)
I decided to enlarge the pattern slightly bigger than the copy in the magazine. The felt used on the face was sent to me by a friend a few years ago after she made some Christmas decorations and the buttons used as eyes were part of a jar of buttons I received in a swap once. I like how all these different elements came together to make the gift.
Originally I was going to turn this into a door stop but decided it was a bit too small so its just a softie. The pattern is very simple and you could easily make a whole batch of these in any size or sizes you want. The designer is happy for people to make them as fundraising items for fetes and charity events if you credit her as the designer.
This another Ric Rac pattern called Jude & Eloise I know a young lady called Eloise and as soon as I saw this pattern I had to buy it so I could make it for her. This softie is weighted at the base to allow it to stand on its own. The pattern called for sewing pellets which I didn’t have so I improvised and used rice instead to weight it. You were also supposed to make more of a little collar which I didn’t instead I used a piece of ric rac. My only little twisted sense of humour a Ric-Rac pattern should have a ric rac collar.
I like to give kids toys that have their name in the pattern even if they don’t know or understand it. I know the significance so that’s all that matters to me.