Tag: toy

New Patterns, Ancient Friends

New Patterns, Ancient Friends

I have been busying away behind the scenes recently putting together a new pattern template for upcoming pattern releases as well as to allow me to start the process of re-formatting and re-writing some older patterns. The new pattern format is far cleaner and all […]

Mouse Knitting

Mouse Knitting

All crafty endeavors this week have been turned towards finishing Alex The Mouse, because I need to have him finished before I can move onto the next project which is a (deep breath) deadline knit. I don’t usually decide to take on deadline knits, so […]

FO: Little Man At Work – Tools Of The Trade

FO: Little Man At Work – Tools Of The Trade

Three long months have passed since I last updated this website, but I am sure that readers will forgive me as I have been working hard at the biggest project of my life: the never-ending WIP that is the Eskimini.

In the last three weeks alone, Baby Awesome has sat up from a laying position, then learned to crawl (then learned to crawl really fast) popped up his very first tooth and now he is to be found standing up next to any piece of furniture that he can get his hands on… It’s all very sudden and scary. Oh, and today he ate his first Jaffa Cake, which is obviously the achievement I am most proud of.

But I thought that all of this constant love and attention that Daddy Awesome and I heap upon him can’t just be given away for nothing, and that it is high time that Baby Awesome earned his keep. Therefore I have chosen for him a trade that he can both use to earn a bit of money and step in to do all of those outstanding DIY jobs. To welcome him to the world of work I have furnished him with his very own handmade tool belt.

“Can’t stop, mum, I’ve got a washing machine that needs staring at”.

I found this cute tool set and belt on Spoonflower, as a ready-printed sheet of fabric, but unfortunately the design appears to be no longer available for purchase, such is the length of time that it has taken me to actually make the set.

But now that I have finally dusted the sewing machine off I have another project planned, and if I happen to run into any troubles with the workings of the sewing machine, I know just the little guy to call to help fix it for me.

Narwhal & Whale: A Duo Of Ocean Friends To Knit

Narwhal & Whale: A Duo Of Ocean Friends To Knit

A pattern for two new ocean friends is available to download from today, for anyone wanting to cuddle a narwhal or snuggle up to a whale. The Whale and Narwhal are knit to the same body plan, the pattern beginning at the head and moving […]

WIP: Not A Fox

WIP: Not A Fox

A few days ago I posted a few pictures of a project that I had just started working on and wondered if anyone might be able to guess what it might be. A few readers commented both on the site and on Facebook that it […]

FO: Badger Badger Badger Badger Soft Toy

FO: Badger Badger Badger Badger Soft Toy

I have spent a couple of enjoyable hours in the belief that if you carefully pin, tack, baste and then sew a number of strange and awkwardly shaped pieces of fake fur fabric together, you might just end up with something recognisable. Actually, by the time I had got to the stage in the picture above I started to have my doubts, but as is the magic with so much in sewing, turning it the right way out made the voodoo happen.

Once the piece was eased into being the right way out, something that was vaguely badger head shaped popped into view, surrounded by lots of fluff, loose fur piles, and many more complicated shapes. Once they were all successfully identified and sewn together there was a recognisable and rather darling little badger.

For anyone looking to try making soft toys, the little Minicraft sewing kits are an inexpensive way to achieve a professional result. I sewed this kit together on the machine for speed, but when I was a child I used to sew Minicraft kits by hand. 
The kit above retails for about £10, and all you need to add are the sewing thread and some soft toy stuffing (or use the same thing that I do for soft toys – the stuffing from a £1.70 Ikea pillow, which would be enough to fill about four of these 12″ soft toy kits). Smaller kits are even less money and produce an equally lovely result. If you were considering buying a soft toy as a gift, this would probably work out less expensive, and a project onto which you could add your own personal touch – a little ‘handmade by’ label, a bow-tie, or even a moustache if you so wished. 
I’m not yet sure where this little guy might end up – whether he is destined to live at Castle Awesome or will go to live with someone else, but for now he is guarding the dresser at the end of my bed, keeping a watch out for any other unexpected wildlife.