make: felt friends stocking stuffers
As a maker of things for presents, I am very lucky and happy that I have three siblings that love little soft toys. My sister Grace and brother Max especially love them and carry them all over. They are 6 and 8, so I know it won't go on too much longer but for now I treasure it. I love that they think it's soooo cool that their sister can make things for them, even if they are the simplest of toys.
I used that to my advantage when making some little guys to add to their gifts this year. They are each only about 4-5" tall, and go together pretty fast. Here's the super simple instructions:
Cut out the pieces from felt. All of the features get stitched on first, then do a running stitch seam around the body, leaving a gap for stuffing. Stuff, then stitch closed.
So, download the pattern, and then take a look:
I think the owls are my favorites! The beak overlaps the eye piece a little, and I left the bottom edge free. The bottom of the feathers is also loose.
I made both a gingerbread and a sugar cookie person. You could add more features, but I went VERY simple. The bow is attached with just a few stitches that also are decorative.
This is the fun part on the beaver. His tail that flaps about! This is just sewn on at the same time as the main body seam. The ears also get sewn in while stitching up the main seam.
These will get lots of wear, and most likely will look rather sad and pilly in a few months. But the felt was all on hand, and they'll be loved for a time, so I'm okay with it. And then I'll just need to make more. (Is the need for the kids, or for me to be making? ...I'm not sure...) I'm thinking a robot is in order next. Or a hot dog, which Grace has requested on more than one occasion!