Soft toys for gifting
plus some easy to sew Tree decorations
The Owl and the Deer are from the same pattern, and there are more versions to choose from! View the pattern and order it on this link Soft toy pattern
Of course there are plenty of other craft patterns in the range to choose from , so do views the section above and take a look at other brands too!
If not Crafter's companion is a fantastic online store catering for every craft imaginable - take a look! Crafter's Companion uk
They sell inexpensive fabric by the metre Fabric at Crafter's Companion .these are the seasonal fabrics, they have more.
And fat quarters Fat quarters
Of course I highly recommend Minerva fabrics as their choice and price range is outstanding.
Even if you do not have children yourself you could donate them to a charity raffle or give them to a child you know. Two of these little chaps are going in a raffle to help raise funds for charity. Donald the owl has found himself a job at Jaycotts in the advertising department and has flown the nest. We wish him well.
I went around each piece with matching thread using my open toe patchwork foot for my Bernina.
Stitch the wing sections together and sew them in place matching the notches and dots.
Then sew the legs together, turn right sides out and stuff lightly with polyester FIBERFILL .Toy stuffing . Stitch them to the markings made on the lower body. Right sides together
Tuck the wings and legs in and carefully sew the back to the front without catching the legs or wings. Leave a gap at the bottom between the two dots.Clip the curves.turn right sides out. Stuff fairly lightly using a knitting needle to reach the corners.
Close the gap With a slip stitch or a gather stitch and there he is finished.
This is the face finished. I cut antlers out of felt. And glued them together with some temporary adhesive. This glue stick is a fabulous product Glue stick it holds things together whilst you sew them perfect for antlers. Stick them wrong sides together and then sew round the edges with just an ordinary straight stitch.
Then make the arms and legs as before, stuffing them lightly and stitch in place.
The arms need tiny paws stitching to them before making them up.
I found it easier to break my sewing off and do the top and the bottom in two separate sections.
Stuff lightly and close the gap with a ladder or slip stitch.
Just as with the others, deal with the features first, and have fun with the expression, you don't have to copy the pattern exactly.
It has strings or Tufts coming out of it's ears, the photo above shows the different stages of making them.
So I cut the bottom bit off and finished it exactly the same as the other two.
I am perfectly satisfied with my version, and he looks like the other two.
Don't be frightened to make soft toys and accessories. They are easy, they don't have to be perfect - no child is going to object to a wonky ear - they will love it because YOU made it for them
Thank you for reading this post. I always love your feedback and photographs .
No doubt we will be seeing plenty more of Donald in his new job.
Happy toy sewing
Very easy Christmas Tree decorations
I wanted to show you how to make some very easy Christmas decorations and table accessories.
These are perfect for you to sew with your children as no special skills are needed for any of these.
You will need a pattern . This one is by Simplicity and is available from Jaycotts It is Simplicity 8935 There are other simple toy pattern's in the range so do take a look.
You will need some felt pieces in assorted colours, I bought mine from Minerva Fabrics. There are plenty of colour choices plus some sparkly ones see the range here Felt I used sparkly felt in white, green and black as well as other plain colours. You choose which ones you like best, there are no Rules!
When making the smaller ornaments I found it easier to photocopy the pieces and to cut them out in thin card so that I could then draw around them on the wrong side of the felt to make cutting out easier.
I am starting with the stars which I think are really cute, and I am using white felt which has a sparkle all over it.
Cut the felt shapes out and mark the position for the eyes and the mouth. You will need to embroider the mouth with a back stitch or a stem stitch. The eyes are safety eyes and are available from MinervaCrafts you will need various sizes according to which decorations you are making. The sizes are included on the back of the pattern envelope Toy safety eyes
The cheeks are made by colouring them with a soft red pencil. Once you have done the features sew two stars together with a blanket stitch, or even a straight stitch or to be honest any stitch you fancy so long as it is small. Enclose a hanging thread at the top. This can be ribbon or string or a thick embroidery thread as I used. Remember to leave a gap so that you can stuff it.
Then sew up the gap and sew on a felt bow, which is just a small rectangle of felt gathered in the middle and sewn on by hand .
This is the start of my Star family.
Cut out the holly in green felt and stitch it on along with a tiny red pom pom. He also needs a felt bow tie which you make exactly the same as the bows in the stars. For the buttons you could glue on tiny felt circles or just make a dot with an indelible ink pen.
|The stars and the gingerbread man are having fun playing with the machines at Jaycotts.co.uk|
The other toys in this pattern are all made the same way. The Yeti is made from some fur fabric but if you do not have any use some cuddle fleece or similar.
You will notice a Christmas tree sat among the ornaments. There is no pattern for him, but he is easy to make too. I will show you how to make more decorations.
You will find that these wonder clips are so much better than trying to hold two pieces of felt together with pins. They come in various quantities and sizes Clover Wonder Clips I love them and use them as much as possible in place of pins.
When you sew your tree decorations together it is nice to use a metallic thread or a variegated thread. For the metallic threads you will need to use a metallic needle , they have an elongated eye which helps prevent the thread from shredding. Machine needles for metallic thread
For some of my decorations i used a variegated thread Variegated thread and used some fine ricrac as a hanging thread.
I also used various colours of Gutterman Sulky metallic thread when I was making them which add extra glitter to your project.
Nobody says that decorations have to be red or green, these glitter sparkled black stars are lovely. You could use whatever colour matches your decor. My friend has pink and purple on her little girls own special tree.
I am extremely pleased with my hand made Christmas. You can of course make all the decorations in the pattern and decorate your tree exclusively with your own makes.
This is a project which does not take long and which you can get the children involved with. The decorations could be glued together with a PVA craft glue so long as any young children are properly supervised of course.
Thanks to Jaycotts for the fabulous machines and accessories. Please do visit their web site and do not hesitate to contact them with any enquiries, the customer service is excellent and they will advise you on the best product for your needs without obligation. CONTACT JAYCOTTS
Thank you for reading this post, I hope you will have a happy time doing your Christmas sewing.
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