I've been having lots of fun with my new book - 'Stuffed Animals' by Abigail Glassenberg. I decided to make the bunny from the book as my next project.
This time I used cotton flannel for the body (just to try out a different material) and then used fleece to make the carrot. The flannel makes the toy nice and soft to touch - but it did stretch a little as I made it. Again - I used Abby's techniques of using freezer paper for the pattern pieces and ironing it onto the fabric and then cutting it out. I'm loving this technique. I also used the Hemostats again and this is definately a tool I will be using all the time now - it does make the job of turning and stuffing the softie alot easier.
The eyes on this bunny are just gorgeous as Abby has used a layer technique with felt to create the eyes and I think it looks really good. I also love the cute little heart shaped nose. This pattern also has a head gusset in it to make the head shape, and footpads for the feet - and I liked they way she instructs you to sew in the footpad. I have made several dolls with footpads before (and other softies) and I do find sewing in the footpad can be a little tricky at times. But simply sewing in one half of the footpad at a time makes the process a little easier (instead of just sewing it all the way around at once). So thanks Abby - another technique and tip that will make future sewing of softies alot easier.
Now - which project will I make next?....Hmmm...so many lovely projects in the book to choose from...there's the bumblebee, elephant, cat, lion, monster, puppy.....You'll have to come back and see which one I decide to make next. See you next time!