Now it is a long time since any of my offspring expressed an interest in soft toys. That said, I still enjoy making them every now and then.
Back in 2013, I was very fortunate to be awarded a trip to Finland. It was under the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme. The project brought together European citizens from throughout the Union and the aim of the project centred around new skills’ acquisition and learning/appreciating other countries’ cultures. Subjects covered included spinning, weaving, sewing and crochet and the focus was on reuse and recycling. It was a fantastic week. I got hooked on crochet and when I returned home I enjoyed myself crocheting with and without patterns.
I started crocheting owls, they were great fun to make, I made tiny ones and huge ones – One ended up being used as a cushion by its young recipient. Here are some of the owl family:
These led to a collaboration with a Maths teacher and these three ended up at an international maths conference:
Then came my interpretations of the famous Minions. These ended up being gifted to various households:
When my friend became a grandmother, baby added this bunny to her soft toy collection (made with pattern):
This little guy had to stay here with me as I used teddy eyes (choking hazard). He stands in a corner overseeing my work:
Most recently, I made this little hare for another friend’s little girl (again made with a pattern). He hasn’t left the house yet and our off-spring (age range 25 to 31) reposition him regularly – I am liable to find him in various parts of the house – it is possibly best if I hand him over before he gets lost.
Here’s a few of the toys I have sewed in recent years. The patterns came from a website Bustle and Sew (https://bustleandsew.com/free-patterns/) and are worth checking out.
I made a number of the elephants. Here are a couple of them. The brown material was sourced from the inherited stash – the floral (orange/green base) material came from the days when Debenhams used to sell dress fabric (the name was printed on the selvedge:
I also made a few of the little dogs. The pattern came from the same website:
I made this little teddy (again, the pattern was free from https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-gb/c/article/teddy-bear-sewing-pattern . I found the fabric while rummaging through my husband’s aunt’s stash which she had bequeathed me. It was an unfinished dress and the fabric is cord. Again this little toy was to keep due to its sentimental origins (and its teddy bear eyes):
A more cuddly version made from fleece suitable for an older child (again the eyes and nose were the issue):
Another friend recently asked me to make her little one a Christmas stocking. Both she and her hubby are visually impaired (she has around 5% sight and he was born without sight). So I thought it would be good to add a very definite colour to the stocking so that she could see it more easily. The stocking was pretty straightforward and measures 16.5 inches (42cm) by 12.5 inches (32cm). I appliquéd the little one’s name unto the front of the stocking. It really was a fun make.
So this is my last post for 2021. I hope some content within my posts got your creative juices flowing in perhaps a different direction. I hope you all get a chance for some R & R over the festive season and I wish each and every one of you good health and much happiness in 2022.