Softies!

I've been in a softie making mood lately. After finishing the hexie quilt, I've been more in the mood for some instant gratification projects, and stuffed animals totally fit the bill. I also had a few gift giving occasions in May, and they make great presents. For Mother's Day this year, I made my mom a doggy doorstop:

Stuffed dachshund with alternating purple and blue and white fabric

The pattern is from Love Patchwork & Quiting magazine. It was fairly easy to make, although I might make the pattern pieces a bit bigger next time, as some of the smaller bits were hard to get right. I also think I might allow myself a half inch seam rather than a quarter inch; I ended up with a few holes that I had to hand sew closed.

The fabric is from Michael Miller (of course), and his tummy is filled with beans to make him heavy enough to hold a door open. It still turned out lighter than I was envisioning, but he'll make an excellent paperweight too. There was much discussion about his eyes, but in the end I didn't like any of the options I tried, so I left them off.

Stuffed dachshund with alternating purple and blue and white fabric

After the doggie, I made a bunny for a friend's birthday. Meet Sid:

Stuffed bunny made from blue chambray and Tula Pink fabric

Sid is made from a pattern at the Purl Bee. The one on the blog is made from wool, but my version is made from some blue cotton that used to be a dress. The dress didn't fit anymore, but I loved the fabric, and it was super soft. I did have to iron some lightweight interfacing to each piece; the cotton frayed easily and was slightly see through. The inside ear pieces are from the Tula Pink Acacia line - I had a bit left over from the hexie quilt and this print was one of my favorites. The nose I embroidered originally was way too big, so I redid it with a little triangle of light pink wool. If I were to make this for a kid, I'd likely make it from the wool like the original pattern, since this one would definitely not hold up to being played with (but is great for a grown up!).

Close up of stuffed bunny made from blue chambray and Tula Pink fabric

I highly recommend both patterns, and if you're not buying Love Patchwork & Quilting or following the Purl Bee...you should be!