The very first books in a child’s life hold so much importance and sentimental value. If one of those books can be soft, cuddly, and educational– well what could be better than that? Today, Jennifer Wambach stops by the blog to show us how to design and make an adorable cut-and-sew cloth book using basic design skills and custom-printed fabric.
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Talented designer Natitys (Eloisa) visits the blog today to share some of her sweet cut & sew doll templates with you. She’ll show you how to customize the patterns to make your own unique doll, and upload your file for printing. These templates make a quick, simple and personalized project that fits perfectly onto just a fat quarter of fabric.
Eloisa: I think handmade dolls are one best gifts anyone could receive, especially when your doll is designed just for you! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change colors of the skin, hair, outfits and add accessories to these pre-designed doll patterns so you can add detail and personalization that’s all your own!
This fall, we're excited to take advantage of the amazing variety of cut-and-sew plushie designs in the Spoonflower marketplace to participate in the Softies for Mirabel handmade toy drive! This annual toy drive supports the Mirabel Foundation, an Australian organization that offers support to children affected by parental substance abuse. This year, we'll be collecting handmade toys and hosting a plushie sew-in here in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space at our Durham, NC headquarters, to support this amazing effort to raise awareness and spread some love!
It's no secret that we just love plushies here at the Spoonflower offices! When they're not starring in our little videos or giving us endless crafting possibilities, they're just really fun to have around the office for, you know, us to play with any kids who stop by the office. But this fall, we're excited to enlist our plushie friends to do some good for kids across the sea in Australia, so we're putting out the call for contributions for the 7th annual Softies for Mirabel, a handmade toy drive organized by the folks over at Meetmeatmikes.com.
Plushies pictured here: (back row) Jennifer Franklin's Zombie Cut and Sew Doll, Shelleyfaye's Skelley Baby Doll, and Retro Rudolph's Zombie Skelly Panda and Casual Green Ghoul – reversible doll; (middle) My Zoetrope's Cutie-Cat Pumpkin Pillows; (front) Amel24's Halloweeny Plushies.
Trick or Treat! It's a Halloween plushie party in the Greenhouse here at Spoonflower's Durham, NC headquarters! Join us to sew Halloween-themed plushies as Spoonflower's own Michelle Swart leads a basic sewing workshop for kids on Tuesday, October 22, from 4-5:30pm! This class is designed to be an introduction to hand sewing, and students will learn each step in creating their own stuffed toy from a cut and sew pattern. Michelle will cover everything from threading a needle to cutting pattern pieces and assembling a plushie for students to take home. We're printing some of our favorite Halloween themed toys (including several from last year's Zombie Plush Toy Design Challenge!) for folks to choose their favorite, and all materials for this class will be provided! This class is open to kids aged 10-16 years old, and no previous sewing experience is necessary. Head over to Eventbrite to reserve your child's spot in the class starting this evening at 6pm!