Hi! Today is my stop on the Sew Cute To Cuddle blog hop! This is a new soft toy making pattern book by Mariska Vos-Bolman, with select patterns from her line of ‘Fluffies’. Like so many soft toy makers, Mariska’s story starts out with the purchase of a sewing machine and takes off from there. After the success of her toys she went into pattern design and now, along with raising her kids, this is her full time gig – quite inspiring!
The patterns in this book range from very easy (as in, if you have never made a soft toy before, this would be a great place to start) and ease on up to being more difficult. The basic need-to-know skills and stitches are easily explained, and I love the way the patterns are illustrated. Because I don’t normally sew from patterns, to me a good pattern uses as few words as possible and good, concise images. Being quite familiar with the process, I mostly just looked at the images for reference, but I can also say that the patterns are written with a beginner in mind. It would be fun to work your way through the book and have really expanded your skills by the end.
I tested out one of Mariska’s patterns, and this is my version of Mary the Hippo…
Aw, she’s pretty cute…sleepy little hippo. I had to make her this kerchief, well, because you know. I can’t help but put my little touch on things like this, which is exactly what I think you should let yourself do when you follow a pattern. I chose this pattern because with my Boolah Baguette dolls I don’t do very much shaping of pattern pieces to create really round forms, so I wanted to play around with that. I used a textured ‘lamb’ fleece and a recycled wool sweater for the underneath bits. This took me just under an hour to cut out an sew, and I love how it turned out, all plump and lovely. Sew Cute To Cuddle is available from Stitch Craft Create – and they have been so kind as to let me give away a free copy of the book to one of you wonderful readers. Leave a comment if you would like to be entered, this is open to anyone from anywhere and will close on
August 20 (comments are now closed). Have a lovely week!
xo – erin
Thanks so much to everyone who commented and entered the giveaway! It ended up turning into a double giveaway, since I figured this hippo needed a good home too!
Our two winners (thanks random name picker!):
Sew Cute to Cuddle ::: Melissa Helland (yay!)
Sleepy Hippo ::: Bekki (yay!)
Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your addresses – thanks for playing!