August 25, 2011

A gift for Shepherd

With our son Shepherd on the way very soon, I wanted to make him something handmade by me. I've made Ruby many dresses, but I feel like boys clothes are a bit more of a challenge. I love the thought of my kids having items from their chilldhood that they could easily hold on to and pass down to their children. My mom has actually made me three quilts that I've now given to Ruby, who always uses them for her tea party blankets! Seeing that I have never made a quilt, or have the time to make one, I opted for an easier route.
          Last year I checked out a few books from the library on how to make stuffed animals. The one inparticular that I liked was called Sew me, Love me: Best Stuffed Friends to Make by: Hsiu-Lan Kuei. It had great patterns that involved using scraps of fabric, which I had plenty of! So I chose the fox pattern and got to work. I did change a few things on the fox when I was constructing it, but overall, it turned out just like I wanted. Here is Shepherd's long legged friend.

As I was making the little fox, Ruby kept asking where hers was. I dug through more fabric and found some that would work for one more long legged friend. And since every little girl loves to dress things up, I made a denim skirt and scarf for the female fox :)
Anytime I attempt to sew something, I have a great idea in my head, but I always rush the process because I am so excited to see the outcome, or I am just very impatient and so the important details are not thought through. This time around something changed in me. I was able to really take my time going through each step...and I never had to use my seam ripper! I think that might be a first for me!

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1 comment:

  1. oh my these are just lovely Aleina- really really cute. I am so impressed with your fabric choices and the construction of these guys- you don't give yourself enough credit when it comes to sewing- you are such a talent.