Fun with Softies!


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.



  1. says

    I am going to try the free doll pattern they have on the TSL Dolly Drive Facebook page first and see how horribly it turns out, I normally get my mum to help me when I do something for the first time (very new to sewing) but she is on holidays…might end up being an alien softie. :)

  2. Anonymous says

    These are so cute! I also love your bunny plush. I totally understand hoping kids become attached to the softies you pick out: I have boys and my youngest did not like any of his softies until he was in preschool and “made” his own. (Before stuffing a softie, he decorated it with fabric markers.) They are now inseparable. Who knows when it will happen?

  3. Anonymous says

    Hello I would love to give these a go Im going to buy the pattern now :) Can I ask what fabric you used for the face and clothes of the girl doll :) its way too cute and would match my kitchen perfectly!! Please can you tell me if the fabric shop has an online store I can buy the lovely fabric from thank you

    • says

      For the faces I used a plain seeded homespun fabric, it looks a lot like calico. For the clothes of the girl doll I used a quilting range from Spotlight. It doesn’t seem to have a name on the selvage. Unfortunately, they don’t have an online store. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

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