Monday, January 12, 2009

Pressy for Aidan


Pressy for Aidan
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I made this little friend for my son. He was very easy to make and I used my endless journeys on the train to crotchet the scarf. He has squeezed him a bit much around the neck and now it doesn't have any stuffing!! So he's a bit floppy headed now, but much loved.

Pattern: Robot Bear, more softies, Penguin Books, design by Heidi Iverson, Handmade by MandyMade

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Coffee Cuffs

I was stuck trying to find a present for my KK this Christmas. I didn't think any of my softies would be his thing, then I noticed he was a take-away coffee drinker. So it got me thinking. I saw in a craft mag a little while ago something you could make to go around a disposable coffee cup, lets face it, they can be still a bit hot, and who wants to advertise whats on the cup?! So I decided to come up with my own.

After having a search on the internet for some patterns, I found some and tutorials but I decided to try and make my own. How hard can it be?

After a few trials and errors I came up with what you can see here. I even found some material from spotlight with an environmental message!! So there you go, even if he doesn't end up using them, i had fun making them, and they were a bit of a talking point when opening the KK's. I just have to make one for me now.

I also found others on flickr, do a search for coffee cuffs or coffee sleeve.






Stitching comments: Machine sewn

Lessons Learned: I can do it myself!!

Pattern: My own :-)
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Pressy for Lily


Pressy for Lily
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
This one is also from Futuregirl. I enlarged the pattern again, I think i should have stuffed the legs a bit more so they were more rounded. I have added this to a flickr group, you need to check out one of the photo, a lady made 99 of these for her family. It took me a little while to make this one, i can't imagine making that many.

Pressy for Lilli


Pressy for Lilli
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I found this pattern while looking on Softie Making from Futuregirl. She has a few free patterns that you can download. They are fantastic patterns they have to be seen to be belivered. I actually enlarged the pattern to fit on an A3 sheet intead of A4 as I was giving this to a baby. I also used french knots instead of beads or sequens for the baby.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Card for Demi


Card for Demi
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Card for the Birthday Girl

Polly 2


Polly 2
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
This is the second Polly. I made it for my cousins little girl. She has named it the Mandy doll!!

This time I stuffed the arms and legs and sewed it into the body instead of stuffing and closing later. This technique works better for me.

The material I used for the head was very thin so I fused it to a piece of calico. This seemed to work. I should have done the same with the ears though, they keep flopping!!


Pattern: softies, Penguin Books, design by Carly Schwerdt, Handmade by MandyMade

It's been a while!!

I know it's been a while. I have been very busy making stuff for christmas. Once i've downloaded all my pics i'll blog again....

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