I’m a wee bit embarrassed that my first blog post ever involves potty humor, but it’s relevant to understand just how far I’ve come in softie making in the past several weeks. I’ve written in detail about my farting unicorn adventure here, which I hope you will read, but since this post is about my Pegasus and the SewMamaSew contest, I’ll move on to that story instead.
To say that my first unicorn stirred up a new-found obsession with soft toy making would be an understatement. So I was incredibly thrilled when the SewMamaSew Blog announced their handmade softies contest. While the prizes were totally awesome (really, totally) I was mostly interested in following the posts over the next six weeks so that I could get a crash course in softie making! I didn’t know ANYTHING about how to do it “right”. But after watching my first creature come to life with fabric and thread I knew I was hooked! I wanted to learn everything.
And so, I began. Prototype after prototype. Sewing until the wee hours of the morning, picking seams, redrawing, recutting, restitching. Over and over and over again. I was sewing in the car lines, sewing in waiting rooms, I even sat through talks at the Virginia Homeschoolers Conference while trying to perfect my unicorn. Every time I thought I had it just perfect, I learned a new technique (thanks to the SewMamaSew Blog) and just had to try it out.
Thirteen prototypes, hundreds of hours and five pounds of polyfil later….I think I’ve done it. My first softie pattern is finished and I am tired but proud and ready to share her/him with others.
My Pegasus is 22″. He is made with white ribbed Minky, hand embroidered chest hair, sculpted and embroidered face, embroidered “feathers” and the wings are soft and cuddly, inspired by techniques to make trapunto quilts. His flower corsage is made with hand rolled felt roses, floss dandelions and faux suede fussy cut daisies. His booties are handmade with faux suede and grey fleece and embroidery floss. A gallery with more photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/57926869@N02/sets/72157651740177212/
Here is the whole lot of prototypes all together:
In the process of creating this Pegasus, I think I’ve come up with a few of my own techniques that I’m especially excited to share on this blog in the coming weeks. One is how to make fleece manes into tight kinky curls that stay in place, without extra sewing!
I’ve actually drafted a pattern for the horse base that I used as my Pegasus! It’s getting tested now, once I make sure it’s just perfect I’ll have that in my Etsy shop. I’ve also got extensions coming to turn him into a dragon, unicorn and Pegasus. I really have to thank Abby Glassenberg for her wonderful e-book about pattern making and the great advice she shares on her WhileSheNaps Blog. while researching everything from the CPSIA rules to selling on Etsy, I always found Google directing me to her blog.
If you are interested in my pattern, feel free to drop me a note and I’ll let you know after it’s been thoroughly tested and ready to go. Here is a sneak peak: