The contest guru at Spoonflower doesn’t know this yet, but she/he created a softie maniac. It started with their “Mythological Creature” plushie contest. The challenge was to design a cut and sew pattern for a plush toy based on a mythological creature (as the title suggests).
Inspired by my young children who think it’s hilarious to debate if unicorns fart rainbows – I thought wouldn’t it be fun (for my children) if my unicorn had a secret pocket near it’s bottom that would hold a little rainbow. I fantasized about winning and getting to say “It took me four years and a farting unicorn to win a Spoonflower contest.” (yes, I’ve been entering the weekly Spoonflower contest regularly for the past 4 years and never broke into the top 10) Knowing me, I came up with this idea at around 2am. When I’m exhausted, every idea is awesome. It was going to be fantastic. My kids would think it was funny and I’d be cool for about 5 minutes, for sure. That’s a guaranteed win, right?
Well, to make a very long story less long, here is what happened:
I did it! I created a cut and sew pattern for a unicorn with a rainbow fart tucked into a little pocket. Here was my very amateur first attempt at a cut-and-sew softie pattern:
However, since I’m on a budget, I did not purchase a yard of the printed design to test, instead I recreated the design using what I had on hand – at first it was a horribly awful Crayola Marker drawing on muslin.
The result? Huge hit. My kids loved it. My youngest Adam enjoyed carrying it around and would ask family members “Are you having a bad day?? Well, farting unicorn is here to save the day! Pull her finger!” Then my little boy would take the rainbow out of the unicorn’s pocket and hand it to the person in need of cheering up. His intentions were so sweet and the unicorns “magic” worked! Everybody he asked to pull the unicorns “finger” had a good laugh.
What I learned was through this process was –
- I’m not too old for potty humor
- The unicorn was a hit
- I love making softies
- Most important – my unicorn would have lost her character as a cut-and-sew pattern printed on fabric. The heart of the unicorn, the character and her special connection were achieved through the handwork, the textures, the embroidery, the hours spent on the details….
I never entered the Spoonflower contest with the cut-and-sew pattern. Instead I began a softie-making craze that has brought me so much joy over the past couple of months.
Here are some photos and notes from my softie-making journey: