I really wanted to sew my little new godson a softie because I have so many good memories about my own cherished stuffed animals (I still own them all!). In that way I feel like it’s a very personal gift, that will hopefully last him for years. The pattern is a free design from Abby Glassenberg and can be found on the wild olive blog.
The templates are carefully designed and there’s a well structured photo tutorial as a step by step instruction. It was a challenge for me to sew with fluffy fabric (and I may have bought a difficult one that is hairy on both sides – I think it’s easier to use fleece with cloth on the back). And even though I’d label myself as an inexperienced softie sewer I was able to finish this rather quickly.
Stuart will now take a nap in his sleeping bag pillow and wait for little L to play with him come Sunday.
I think I’m done with baby gifts for now and can start thinking about what to make for everyone for Christmas ;-)
This post is linked up with Monday Makers at Aylin Nilya / Quilt it Out, Anything Goes Monday (this week) at Till We Quilt Again, The Caffeinated Crafters at Let's Eat Grandpa, Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF at Quokka Quilts and Finish It Up Friday at crazy mum quilts.
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Wow! It is so so do cute! Love it!!!
Danke liebe Rike, dein lieber Kommentar freut mich sehr!
Stuart is Super cute! Just adorable little quirrel! Best baby gift with the pillow! x Teje
you’re so nice, Teje! Thanks a lot for your ever lovely words =)
I love this. Great idea for my new grandchild! Thanks for sharing.
Love from Amsterdam
Hey Maartje, I would love to see your squirrel if you should make one! Thank you so much for your lovely words =)
Ohhh, Stuart ist aber super süß!! Ein tolles Geschenk, liebe Vicky!
Allerliebste Grüße, Deborah
Danke liebe Deborah, ich hoffe dem Kleinen wird es auch gefallen =)
Hello Vicky, Can I just say I am in Love with Stuart! He is adorable. Thanks for stopping by and linking up with “Anything Goes Monday”. It is a fun way to meet new friends. I look forward to receiving your posts and following you in the future.
Hey Helen, I was happy to find your blog, too! Thank you for hosting the link party this week and for your lovely comment. I’m a quilter at heart, but it’s nice to sew something different from time to time!
I hope you have a great day!
What a lovely softy! I have never seen one like this!
Hello Esther (love your name!),
thank you so much for your lovely words. If you’re interested in these type of softies I can only recommend to check out the whileshenaps.com website. Abby offers some more patterns similar to this one.
Thank you so much for finding your way to my little blog!
Thanks so much Vicky!
I will find my way to that site!
Have a great day.
Oh my gosh, this is so adorable! Clicking through the Caffeinated Crafters link up :)
Thank you so much Michelle. I’ve had fun, too, browsing through your inspirational blog!
How cute is this little guy? I’m sure my son L would love one of those lil fellas. You’re such an inspiration – amazing! Xx
That’s good to know. I hope this little L likes his, too =) Thank you for your lovely words, Femke!
sweet and unique! :)
Thank you so much for the kind words, Frilka! =)
super cute!! I could see snuggling up with Stuart and napping every day!
Thank you so much! That fleece is so cuddly, such a nice change from working with quilting cotton.
What a cute little squirrel! So adorable and cuddly. Nice work!
Thank you so much Rachel. I had so much fun making something a little different, especially with the unusal material involved. Vicky
Awww! This critter is simply adorable! Love his friendly expression and that super cute bandana. I think your godson is going to love him!
thank you Lorna, you’re too sweet! I was very careful when stitching the face, it can look “off” so easily if just one of the features isn’t placed correctly. Quite a challenge! And the bandana – I just had to include a little bit of quilting cotton ;-)
He’s lovely! Great present
Thank you for your kind words, Ruth =)
Love, love, love Stuart! Thanks for sharing a link so we can make our own!
Jenn, thank you so much for your lovely words. I would love for Stuart to spark off other cuddly squirrels being made =)
Thank you so much, Nicole.
Yours was one of the first quilting blogs I ever stumbled upon, I love your work! (and only just now thought of follwing you on Bloglovin’ ;-))
Have you ever read the Scaredy Squirrel books? So funny, and it features a flying squirrel!
Stuart is adorable, and looks so soft! Great job!
Thank you so much Jen! Funny you mention it, because I only just learned about this book because someone transformed the pattern into a scaredy squirrel and posted it to the wild olive blog comments:
Love this guy!! So cute!!
Thank you so much for your lovely words, Kathy!
Stuart ist wirklich super süß. Bin ganz neidisch…
Ich würde gern auch einen für meinen Sohn S machen, bin mir aber nicht sicher was das Material angeht. Meinst du Frottee würde ihm auch stehen? Meine Kinder sind ganz verrückt nach allem aus Frottee – frag nicht warum….!
Liebe Grüße in die Heimat
Hallo Laura! Danke für deine lieben Worte!
Ich denke es wäre ein super Projekt für Frottee. Ich habe letztes Jahr mal eine Handpuppe aus einem Frotteehandtuch genäht, das ist ja eine ähnliche Art von Kuscheltier (ohne Füllung). Damals habe ich allerdings mit Hand genäht, ich weiß nicht wie sich Frotte mit der Maschine nähen lässt. Aber wahrscheinlich hast du da schon mehr Erfahrung als ich, wenn deine Kinder so drauf stehen =)
Liebe Grüße, Vicky
Danke für die liebe Antwort.
Ich werde es auf jeden Fall versuchen! Kann ja nicht so schwer sein… ;))
OMG that’s cute. i want one! Are you selling them? :)
Hey Laura, thank you!
Since this is a free pattern Abby Glassenberg only offers it for personal use / gifting, so no selling on my part. I can only recommend for you to give it a try, though. It’s a really easy project and doesn’t take too long =)
Super cool! I have a pattern to make two softies, bought the fabrics, but am procrastinating. You just got me excited about making them!
It sometimes takes a little longer to step out of our comfort zone, but with soft toys you get a super cute reward for doing so =)
Thank you so much for sewing from my pattern. I love your flying squirrel!
Thank you, Abby!
It was a wonderful pattern to sew with. You come up with the cutest things.
LOL! He is so sweet! I love his personality. You posed him so adorably! Thank you for linking up to the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party this week
April, thank you so much for your lovely comment and for hosting a wonderful link-up party. I love to check in every week, it’s such a cool mixture of different kinds of crafts! I’m learning my way into photography for the blog (with a basic point and shoot camera for now) and I’m having fun with trying different things. xx Vicky
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