It is socially acceptable to bring gifts for little people when you visit their parents, isn’t it? It’s lovely to bring them joy. I have to admit, in today’s high consumption world, I sometimes struggle with shopping for children. It all seems low quality and devoid of purpose. Sewing and hand making things gives me such joy, I have a list of favourite handmade children’s sewing projects.
The Purl Bee Penguin by Purl Soho
I used this project for my first stab at a soft toy and I really enjoyed it. It’s detailed work and I found it difficult to attach the feet, I might try to glue them next time. When it came to attaching the buttons for the eyes, I stopped short, fearing that the child might rip them off and swallow them… It doesn’t look great on my penguin but it was a first…
Wallace The Whale by Camelot Fabrics
Ah Wallace… No one has been able to get to part with my Wallace, I haven’t gifted it… He’s very special to me, in his nautical outfit. The tutorial is really easy to follow, I would recommend packing the soft fill really tight in the tail, otherwise it might be floppy after a while.
Wool + Liberty Teddy Bear by Purl Soho
What child wouldn’t love a teddy bear? Or what adult, for that matter. My bear is made of cream calico and a quirky green quilting fabric. He is so cute and cuddly! I didn’t do very well on attaching the legs but I’ll try again!
Myrtle The Purl Turtle by Purl Soho
I absolutely love this turtle, I really miss it since I sent it off to my niece Elisabeth. A mix of cream calico and elegant floral fabric works really well. A turtle is not front of mind for a child’s soft toy but the curves work really well. A tip: when you stuff the toy with soft fill, make sure you position the soft fill carefully so it doesn’t bulge in the wrong places.
Soft Woolen Bunny but Purl Soho
The big floppy ears are amazing! I used a simple cream calico fabric for this one and a gorgeous blue floral cotton fabric for the inside of the ears. Soft toys are reasonably advanced because of the small, detailed sewing required, but it is SO rewarding !
In this post, I also list my favourite handmade home essentials. If you are sewing for a new baby, I have a selection of handmade baby projects or three matching baby gifts. And if you are sewing for a little girl, she will love one of these handmade sewing projects.
So, tell me, what’s your experience with creating soft toys? So you have any tips you can share?