My tutorial for today is showing you how to design and make a softie.
Just before Christmas Bella appeared out of her bedroom with this softie (Ellie, as she has been named). She had drawn up the design roughly on paper, created her own pattern pieces and stitched everything up within the hour - I had no idea until she appeared with the softie. The following day she downsized the pattern herself to make a baby for Ellie and has since made another one for her friend.
I love that Bella now has the confidence to create and sew by herself. One of my inbox's most frequently asked questions is when did I teach my children to sew and how? Well, they both started at about the age of 5 (actually Bella might have been 4). I can't remember what James' first sewing experience was, but Bella drew up a simple picture onto a piece of calico and I showed her how to embroider it. Once she became more confident with her stitching we progressed to working with felt (still her favourite texture to sew with) and she created simple softies. clothes for her dolls, teddies etc... Bella has a good eye for being able to dream up something in her mind and translate this exactly (in size and vision) into a project, which is something that I really didn't have as a child and often still struggle with now. She's a fast stitcher too, which helps keep her interest in the project from start to finish.
So, I thought it would be fun to share Bella's first pattern with you - and she's very excited at the thought of another little person using her pattern to create their own softie.
Here's the material list:
♥ Embroidery cotton
♥ Printable PDF - Download Softie pattern download
Your little person might even prefer to create their own softie instead, which is a simple process of drawing up a design on paper and then breaking down the design to pattern pieces so it can be stitched up. Felt is a great medium for children to work with because it doesn't fray.
If you're creating Bella's softie, simply print out the PDF file (found in the material list above) and follow the cutting instructions listed on the PDF. Next you'll need to stitch on the buttons, lips and scales.
Stitch the softie together, catching the legs as you and then stuff. Sew a family of them by upsizing and/or downsizing the pattern :)
I hope you enjoyed the final project for the week - Tamar and I are looking forward to sharing lots of new tutorials with you next week too.
Don't forget to pop over to Tamar's blog and peek at her cute projects for today as well :)