I'm Janimal, happily gainfully employed Momma to a sweet girl. Livin' it up in Atlanta with a great husband and a good job. Sometimes I make stuff and here's my spot to show it off! Life is good, so I'm sharing....

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Easy Peasy Soft Animal Toys - Blue The Sheep!

Just a quick tutorial about some super duper easy little softies I made this week.

Meet "Blue" the sheep.

Here's the story of Blue The Sheep.
I fell in love with some cute animal print fabric at my favorite local sewing store. It was a precut yard of adorableness. I had some scraps left from making a Popover Dress (Free pattern here) for Delilah. I had to think of something to do with them.

Oh, you wanna see the adorable cuteness of my daughter in her dress before we get started?!!? Well, if you insist. I can't blame you. She really is the cutest thing going...action shot ahead!

(I have a tutorial to make the Popover Dress here)

Delilah LOVES animals, so I guess it's no wonder I have quite a lot of fabrics with cute creatures in my stash. So I imagine more of these little softies are in my future!
I got started by selecting Blue from the crowd of animals. He stood out. I think it was his blueness that caught my eye.

Then I cut a piece of wool felt roughly the same size as the first cutout.

I drew a sewing line about a half an inch around Blue, and pinned the right side of the fabric to the piece of wool felt. (The key here, is to not have any sharp angles to sew. It makes a difference when turning.)

I sewed sorta kinda on the line I drew, leaving about an inch and half wide opening to turn.

After sewing, I trimmed all around the sewn line to about a quarter inch.

And handstitched the opening closed.
Oh, he is so cute, he may have a permanent home in my sewing room as my little helper.

But then he might miss all his friends.....

I think some of these softies would be a good project for the toy society.
Earlier this week I mentioned a smocket tutorial was in the works. It's almost finished, I just need my little model to wear the final creation so I can finish it off. The smocket tute I am posting is a modification of someone else's pattern. I'll be linking to them, their pattern, and showing you my modifications. Hope that makes sense!
Thanks for stopping by today.
- Janimal



  1. Simply adorable!!.....and you're daughter is too cute! ♥

    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It!! Have a GREAT weekend!

  2. That is awesome! Great ideas!

  3. So cute! I love using scraps like this. And this is such an easy toy for a small child. Great job! (Thanks for commenting on my blog from NFF! Have a great weekend!)

  4. These are so much fun! I would have never thought of doing this! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sweet Charli this week! WE hope you'll come back and join us agaiN!

  5. What a cute idea. I love those. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

  6. That fabric (and the dress, and your model) is all adorable! Thanks for sharing this cuteness with the world! :>)

  7. Look at them altogether! It's sooo cute!!

  8. That is just lovely and your little girl looks adorable :)

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