Showing posts with label plushie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label plushie. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hugh Manatee PDF Pattern GIVEAWAY!

Today you have the chance to win your own copy of the adorable Hugh Manatee PDF pattern I shared yesterday. You can see the pics of the ones I made and read my review of this fun to sew pattern here. 

Open to all eligible. Simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below for easy entry & good luck!
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Winner announced and emailed Saturday 6/28/14 and asked to respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner may be selected. For further details about giveaways at Hopeful Threads, see the GIVEAWAYS page tabbed at the top of the blog. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pattern Review - Hugh Manatee by Lindsay Sews

Couldn't wait to share this fluffy fella with you!
This is Hugh Manatee, the recently released pattern from Lindsay Sews. Lindsay generously sent him over for me to use for the FLUFF Drive and I'm so glad I got to make a couple! They were a lot of fun and turned out so cute!

 Mine were made from a blue-gray anti-pill fleece. I used pre-cut wool felt circles for his eyes, but you could also embroider them, use safety eyes or of course, cut your own from fabric. The sides of his mouth are stitched down to give him that pouty face of a Manatee. This is a large plushie and measures near 24" finished.

These guys got a good test squeeze from my Lil' Guy before making their way to our FLUFF Drive pile. They totally passed the test too, just so you know. ;)

Follow Lindsay on her blogs, Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds for lots of creative inspiration.
Find the adorable Hugh Manatee pattern HERE.

Sewing Experience Level: Beginner
Size Range: N/A
Special Techniques: No real special techniques required. Very straight forward pattern with easy to follow photos.
Pattern Format: PDF
Materials Used: Fleece, embroidery floss, Fairfield poly-fil stuffing, felt circles for eyes.
Personal Notes: Fun & quick to make, and after my son got to test squeeze these, he decided that he need to have one added to his personal "for mom to make me" list. :)

See many more of my Pattern Reviews by searching "patter reviews" in the search bar to the right of your screen or my checking the (not yet updated) tab at the top of the blog. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fast FLUFF sewing using Panels!

 I know I've shared about sewing with panels before, but there are more and more options like this that make sewing quick and easy. Each of these stuffed friends was made from a panel. These have certainly helped get a jump start on our goal of 500 Fluff Friends for the 2nd Quarter Project! 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 - 2nd Quarter Project Announcement

April holds so many special things for our family, and we are excited to ask you to be a part of that!

As many of you know, foster care and the support of children in foster care is something close to our hearts. We have served as a foster family, and have adopted through the foster system twice. Last year, we invited you to join us in celebrating this special month by participating in a special project called "Fluff for Foster Care". There was such a great response that we began our first on-going project....still going strong....the FLUFF Project. Together, we have provided hundreds of stuffed toys to children in foster care, and we want to see that GROW!

Last year, in one month's time, we were able to collect 366 stuffed friends for our first delivery. So I present this challenge to you for our 2nd Quarter Project of 2014, and firmly believe we can surpass it....
We want to deliver at least 500 stuffed friends at the end of this quarter's project!
ARE YOU READY???? :) :) :) we's time for a Spring FLUFF Drive!

  • NEW items only. First, because these children deserve no less. Second, this may be the one and only personal item they have that they feel is all theirs at this time....let's make it a good one!
  • Any type of stuffed animal or doll is welcome. Please refrain from anything that could potentially be scary or offensive though. 
  • All ages included. Children in the foster care system range in age from Newborn - 18 years old, that's a broad audience to create for, so lots of possibilities. :)
  • HAVE FUN!!!! :) 
You can find an abundance of stuffed toy sewing ideas, inspiration and pattern/tutorial links on my Pinterest board here.
 "Plushies, Soft Toys & Pillows".
Sewing stuffed toys is fast becoming one of my favorite creative projects!

Also, would LOVE to have you add pictures of your donations to our FLUFF Project flickr album HERE. You can see many of the friends we have already delivered there too. :)

When you have your items ready to ship, you can send to me here:
Kristy Smith
c/o Echelon Florist
1260 Rocky Hill Road
Knoxville TN 37919
If you are local, you can also drop off your donations here, as well as, purchase stuffed animals and dolls from the Echelon Gift Shop for donation.
***PLEASE NOTE - Our anticipated delivery is planned for July 14th, so please be sure to have your items arrive by July 10th to insure plenty of time. Having a goal for shipping by June 30th will be a great way to guarantee your items will be here in time to be included with this big delivery. (We regularly deliver stuffed toys, so any late arrivals will simply be added to the next delivery.)

I will be sewing and stuffing like crazy all quarter long and look forward to sharing a bunch of new patterns I've enjoyed working with! I hope you will join me!

For future reference, I have a tab at the top of the blog here that is specifically for the FLUFF Project. You can find regular updates and delivery counts there. 

If I can help you in any way, or you have a business that would like to support our efforts, please email me, I'd love to chat with you!

Remember....Every. Stitch. Matters.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Supporters of FLUFF

I am very grateful to share that Fairfield World has sent us a 25lb. box of polyester fiber in support of our FLUFF Project!!!!
 This is actually the second time they have done so, with the first being sent in April last  year when we first kicked off our project to provide stuffed friends for children in foster care. This incredibly generous donation will go a LONG way in helping us to continue to provide more!!!!

I have purchased and used Fairfield's quality products for years, but now whenever I am personally in need of batting, pillow forms, fiber stuffing and the like, their's is even more the label I look for! I am so incredible appreciative of their support and generosity!
Learn more about the products they offer on their website, .
 If you have a minute, I sure would appreciate you dropping by their facebook page HERE and giving them a virtual "high five" by saying THANKS for supporting the FLUFF Project at Hopeful Threads! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Pattern Review - Tony T-Rex by My Funny Buddy

Brace yourself for some serious fluffy cuteness!
This is the newest pattern from My Funny Buddy, Tony T-Rex.
I adore him!
My littlest guy loves the "hairy" green fabric and I have been looking to make him something using it for a while now. Obviously we found the perfect thing! 

Like all My Funny Buddy patterns, this is a comprehensive PDF sewing pattern that includes step-by-step photos and written instructions. Nothing, down to the smallest details on stitching the facial features, is left out. I did all the facial stitching on my machine, but there are instructions included for hand-stitching as well.

The pattern pieces fit together easily and accurately and you are ready to get sewing as quick as you can select your fabric choices!

And since I can rarely make just one of anything, and these were such fun to watch come together, I made a couple extra of these cute lil' fellas. I intend to use them in support of the FLUFF Project either as a donation themselves or as part of a potential sale/auction....not sure yet. 

Such a friendly guy!
You can find the Tony/Tracy T-Rex pattern in the My Funny Buddy shop here.

As an extra bonus, My Funny Buddy has created an additional pattern for a My Baby Dinosaur that you can download for FREE! It includes the egg, hatching dino and baby dino all....and for FREE! Find it here. And if you do download it, be sure and take a minute to drop by the My Funny Buddy facebook page and say THANKS! :)
Before you know it, you could have your own Dino Family stitched up! And yes.....I do have an 'in house' request for such now! ;)

Sewing Experience Level: Beginner
Size Range: N/A
Special Techniques: Sewing and stuffing small doll/stuffed toy parts.
Pattern Format: PDF
Materials Used: Cotton prints, textured and chenille fabric scraps, felt for eyes & teeth
Personal Notes: Adorable, easy to sew, pleasing project. Perfect toy for all ages!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Pattern Review- Super Doll by Butterbeans & Chicpeas

 This was one SUPER fun FAMILY project!!!!

This is the incredibly sweet Super Doll from Butterbeans & Chicpeas. I first learned of this pattern from Dona over at Sewing Miles of Smiles. She has used it a lot for her donations to her Children's Hospital, and also sent a bundle of them for our April Project that were a big hit! So, when I contacted Bev at Butterbeans & Chicpeas and shared that our FLUFF Project would be an ongoing project at Hopeful Threads, to give back to children in foster care, she sent this sweet guy over for me to sew. Thanks again Bev! I love him and know the children who receive him will too. 

This easy-to-follow PDF pattern includes step-by-step photos along with written instructions for assembly, making it a snap to create. His face and hair are cut from felt for a quick and durable applique style face. Just gotta LOVE that crooked grin, and he OF COURSE has a cape too!
  You can play around with mixing and matching your fabrics so that each doll you create is truly unique. Favorite colors or characters are sure to make him a best friend for his little owner too. 

The only modification I made while sewing was the way I attached the legs. The instructions provide the most common way to do this, but after sewing the Ruby Lou doll, I now use the technique provided in that pattern when attaching legs on all my dolls. Much less fiddly. 

I used Safety Eyes on all of mine but one. The one on the left below shows the doll made using plastic KAM snaps for the eyes. I've been wanting to experiment with this for a while and though I do prefer the safety eyes, think it still turned out cute with the snaps. Alternately,  you cold use felt cut-outs or embroidery for the eyes, which would make him safe for all ages. 
 I made a few of these this round! :) One for my own SUPER fella, at least one will go in the box for the FLUFF Project, and one for donation to a special upcoming fundraising auction.

Super Doll flying his way into the heart of a very special child!

And if you aren't yet familiar with the FLUFF Project, be sure and take a minute to read more here. Thanks too, for checking it out!

Sewing Experience Level: Beginner - Some stuffed toy sewing experience best.
Size Range: N/A
Special Techniques: Turning, stuffing and sewing small doll parts.
Pattern Format: PDF
Materials Used: Cotton woven prints and solids, safety eyes, plastic snaps, felt, polyester stuffing.
Personal Notes: Adorable and easy to follow pattern! This is a favorite stuffie of everyone that sees it and I expect to sew it again and again!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Official Announcement - The FLUFF Project....our ongoing effort to GIVE BACK to children in Foster Care

I'm very excited to share this OFFICIAL news with you!!!
During our April Project Finale and the delivery of nearly 400 stuffed toys for children in Foster Care last month, I decided that sewing and donating stuffed friends for this cause would become the first ONGOING project at Hopeful Threads. The response both of those participating and the caregivers that received the toys to be given out to the children was overwhelming to say the least! So very touching! Our family is excited to see where this will go! The outreach will be known as "The FLUFF Project".

I've created the above badge that you can find on "The FLUFF Project" page at the top of the blog. I would LOVE to have you add this badge to your blogs and websites and help me get the word out that this will indeed continue! 

I have already heard from several others in the Hopeful Threads community that they too have hopes of developing such an outreach within their own local communities, and provide these cheerful and hope-filled gifts to children in Foster Care near them as well. Nothing could please me more than to see this grow and grow and have an impact across the US Foster Care System! I would be delighted to share the progress of any such efforts too, so please share with us as you do this.

Remember, I have created a board on Pinterest FULL of all kinds of plushie and soft toy patterns, tutorials and inspiration to help you as you create. You can find that here, and I will be adding to it continually. 
Additionally, I have a swarm of plushie ideas stirring about in my head that I hope to create and share over time, in support of "The FLUFF Project". 

The first will be Whaley & Starla that I created in April during our original project, and I plan to have them ready to share very soon!

Every single thing you do, whether sewing, spreading the word, starting your own local efforts, purchasing a toy for donation, adding the "FLUFF" badge to your blog/website.....ALL of it matters! All of it leads to ONE MORE child that will receive a stuffed friend to comfort and encourage them during a difficult time. 

Thank you so very much! For being such a HUGE part of bringing this about, for being such a HUGE blessing to me and those who receive your donations, and for helping to make this continued effort an ongoing success! I already have a box beginning to fill and can't wait for it to be full and ready to deliver! I know this is going to be great!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Project FINALE! Well......sort of! :)

Today is the final day for our April Project - "Fluff For Foster Care".
What a wonderful month of sewing and stuffing for children in the foster care system it has been too!

I am tentatively planning to deliver our "bus" full of stuffed friends mid-May, to allow for all those being shipped to arrive first. I will share photos of our fluff-filled van then and update this post for future reference as well. We are looking forward to delivering all these beautiful gifts and know that they are going to be such a special blessing for the children receiving them, as well as those providing care for them. Very meaningful!

Check our April Project album to see the amazing assortment that has been donated this month! I can't adequately express our families gratitude for the way you have all jumped on board and made this special month EXTRA special!

I shared on facebook when inspiration hit the other day and I just had to put "plans" aside and create. It was just what I needed and also produced some cute toys as my final donations for our project. 

 I had this image of a roly-poly whale stuffie that I just couldn't shake and had to make a reality. So, I went to work.
And these bubbly friends were the result...

 While I was at it, I decided they needed some sidekicks, and so this chunky starfish came next.

Without further ado, may I introduce to you Whaley & Starla....
 This first set is perfect for baby. Textured fabrics, ribbon tags and easy to grip parts sure to please any tiny one. 

The second set is more colorful and detailed with print fabrics and hand-stitched faces.

I had hoped to have a pattern/tutorial to share before the end of the month, but time just wasn't enough. I will still get one put together eventually, and will be sure to let you know when I do. They are simple to sew friends that are ready to be companions to some special little ones!

Thank you all again! What a fun month! 
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow to see what's in store for May....more stitching fun ahead!
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