For St. Patrick’s day I made my daughter this shamrock shirt. I had some throw-away green fabric left so she asked if she could sew herself a plush shamrock. I guided while she pressed the presser foot and also stuffed it.
This is a blog that I put together to record all the creative projects that I attempt. I started sewing in order to make stuffed toys my daughter wanted, that weren't sold in stores. I found that sewing was relaxing and I kept going from there. I started sewing in July 2011.
Valentine’s Day gift for my daughter. I got the idea from Abby Glassenberg’s tutorial. Unfortunately, I was away from my printer to buy and print her pattern, and I also wanted to shape mine a little differently, so I came up with this guy. I didn’t even make my own pattern, so he is a little uneven, but overall I think it came out fine. My daughter loves him, which is all that matters.
My daughter loves to find things to use as blankets or bags to tuck her plush animals in. Wash cloths, socks, etc. I figured I would make something even better: plush sleeping bags!
My daughter’s Christmas present request was a plush Earth and Moon. I couldn’t find any online that were worth purchasing, so I decided to make them. I made a point of trying to be as accurate as possible with the continents.
I saw this pattern from Abby Glassenberg a few weeks ago and it was just too cute to pass up. I haven’t sewn in months but had to pull the sewing machine out to hem a pair of pants. Since I went through that effort, I couldn’t resist creating this quick little plush kitty. I used a super-soft minky cuddle fleece for the body and a cotton fabric pattern for the ears. I pointed the ears a bit and added a tail.
This is a plush ram that I created based on Abby Glassenberg’s pattern from her new book, Stuffed Animals. I modified the fabric choice slightly. This was my first four-legged, free-standing plush animal and definitely a challenge. The slippery minky fleece, combined with the thin cotton fabric didn’t make my job any easier
The second plush I ever sewed was Purple Little Bird. I was never truly happy with it. I wanted it to be 3D, but couldn’t figure it out. Over the past 2 years I learned a lot so when my daughter asked me to make a girlfriend for PLB, I couldn’t wait to try again. I am so happy with the final result. I really wanted this bird to stand so I used wire for the base of the legs. I then wrapped them in torn fabric until they were soft enough for cuddling.
I credit Abby Glassenberg for her informative blog, book and advice, which have taught me some interesting techniques.
This was a Valentine’s Day present for my daughter.
A 4″ high plush owl. I wanted to play around with some of the cotton fabric I had. He is cuter in person.
I wanted to create something small and cute, about 4″ high. After I finished, my daughter and I decided he needed a carrot. I didn’t want the carrot to get lost or attached with itchy velcro, so i created a little holder on its back. He also has a fluffy tail.