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.