I’m thrilled that Sew Mama Sew is spending the next six weeks focusing on softie sewing. Many softie makers, myself included, often feel a bit outside of the mainstream sewing community. We prefer sorta weird fabrics like fleece, minky, and faux fur. We get excited about safety eyes and poly pellets. We sew many tiny, three-dimensional things. We like things cute and weird.
But really we belong in the sewing world just as much as anyone else. And for the next six weeks everyone is invited to join us by making a softie!
Kristin and Beth at Sew Mama Sew have put together a contest with some amazing prizes to get everyone motivated, including a beautiful Pfaff sewing machine worth $3,999. The prize packages are really impressive – books, patterns, and supplies galore.
Here are the categories (you can enter one or two):
- This Is My First Stuffed Animal, Soft Toy or Cloth Doll
- I Designed it Myself
- Check Out These Details
- Overall Cute/Scary/Beautiful/Squeezability Factor
I’ll be doing a few posts here bringing together softie resources to share and I wanted to start with dolls. Dolls are perhaps the most classic toy of all and making a handmade doll for a child is an amazing gift.
A soft toy drive is part of this event if you’d like to make a softie for a child in the foster care system as well.
Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies is also a great opportunity to support indie pattern designers. I’ve pulled together a collection of doll patterns you can buy as well. When you buy a pattern you can be sure you’ll get extensive step-by-step instructions as well as the support of the designer and her community if you should need help. Take a look:
To enter the contest you’ll need to make a new softie sometime between now and April 5. Pick a pattern, or design your own, and get started. If you post your softie to Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #6weeksofsofties. You can do it!