bunny with cape

Just under the wire for Sew Mama Sew‘s #6WeeksofSofties challenge is this rabbit. I learned a lot by making this (as well as the cat from a few weeks ago) and by reading their series on all things softie-related. (Notably, don’t design things with such small pieces when you need to turn them inside out!) But it was still fun to make, with a mix of both machine and hand sewing, plus embroidery for the face.

I’m also linking up this week with Lily’s Quilts Small Blog Meet. It’s for blogs with fewer than fifty followers … so if this is you, join the linkup over on her blog and meet some new faces (-_-).

softie love

This is my first entry in Sew Mama Sew’s “Spectacular Softies” contest. The grand prize is this Pfaff Creative 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine … something I could really really use! (I should do a post some time about my much-loved-but-quirky vintage metal Singer. I bought it used for $65 and it is great in many ways but … one of its quirks is that it sometimes eats my fabric.) You can enter up to three times, so I’m hoping to get a couple more entries in before the deadline.

softies - cat

I had to abandon my first “shall-remain-headless” prototype half-way through because I realized the overall dimensions were just to small to be workable, but once I sized my pattern pieces up just a little everything went pretty smoothly (sewing machines issues aside! some of this is machine-sewn and some is by hand). I was going for a kind of classic-homemade rag doll look and I’m pretty please with how it turned out. The next one will have some accessories I think (^_^).

softies - cat

softies - cat

In the meantime, Sew Mama Sew is doing a Six Weeks of Love for Softies series, with advice on making softies, and features on some amazing designers for inspiration.