I recently decided to have a go at making softies, and boy is it fun! I think I’m hooked. The hardest part is deciding on the face, but once you stitch it on, they really come to life!
I made a doll for my best friend’s daughter’s First Birthday and had so much fun making it that I decided to make up a boy version for Roman! I top-stitched little pockets and a fly onto his pants to give him some little ‘jeans’ and they’re so cute!
We asked Roman what it should be called…he said ‘Nana’, so hubby made the executive decision that it should be named Andy. A bit more suitable than Nana, I think!
The pattern I used for both of the dolls is the Violet doll from the book Hop Skip Jump by Fiona Dalton. It’s a beautiful book and I’m looking forward to making up some of the animals from it too. Have you made any of the sofites from the book?
Once I had made up and stuffed the dolls I took a photo of the blank face on the iPad and then used a drawing app to play around with ideas for the face. It’s tricky deciding because there are so many options, but it’s fun at the same time.
It took a while to get my head around the idea of embroidering the face on AFTER the doll is stuffed and sewn up…I mean how do you hide your knots? Watching this YouTube video from Bit Of Whimsy made it all clear for me though and it was easy and most importantly, the knots are neatly hidden. I can’t imagine how I would have done them if I made up my own method!
I think you will be seeing a few more soft toys on the blog this year, so stay tuned.