Saturday, May 29, 2010

Softies fun with Oz Material Girls

A little while ago I decided I would turn into a crafty mum. With no sewing besides patching up holes and sewing back on buttons since high school (a longggg time ago) it took me a while to get started. I dusted off my aunts ancient sewing machine and ordered so much fabric I could probably do both girls entire winter wardrobe!

I decided to start with something fun so cut out all the pieces I needed for the Baby Chibi Doll (pictured below). Miss J decided out of the pile of fabric which colour the doll should be and for the owls tummy. It was much bigger than I thought it would be.

The first bit involved a little hand sewing to put the whites in the eyes, the mouth and the eyes and beak on the owl. Then came my big disaster after changing thread on my sewing machine I just couldn't get things working again, I really didn't think I had the sewing skill gene in me! So that night I sat in bed watching TV and hand sewing the rest of her up! It took quite a while this way but was really relaxing.

The next morning I turned her the right way out so I could put her stuffing in. There are some hard parts to get the stuffing into, like the ear things on top and the corners of the dress but I just used a chopstick to push it all the way in.

Miss J couldn't wait to take her to bed with her that night and as you can see below she turned out great and is a big hit! Think if I can do that one I can do any! Oh, and I found out what was wrong with the sewing machine, I just needed a new needle lol. Going to do the matching boy next once I get the needle and then onto some of the other patterns I got.

Now let me tell you more about the Oz Material Girls. I found this site towards the end of last year as they regularly have great giveaways and free postage offers. Such a huge range of fabrics and patterns they had to open a sister store Patterns Only.

One of the new features of the site I'd love to join in on after my Chibi Doll experience is The Softies Club. For just $49.95 per month you receive 1 pattern, fabrics and premium toy fill, needed to make one toy a month! How fantastic does that sound? Great idea for giving your kids something unique and made with love or for presents for their friends. Overseas buyers can also sign up for it for just $64.95 per month. I think I should be able to get one done every 4 weeks with my lack of skill!

Please let me know if anyone signs up for it as I'd love to compare end results and maybe have some support of another toy making novice.

And last but not least the Oz Material Girls have reached 2000 fans on their facebook page and are having celebrations of 10% off your order and a little gift! So check out the page and their blog for the details on how to take advantage of this offer, get in quick as I think it ends tomorrow!

Until next time happy sewing!


Anonymous said...

Hi, a follower here from fb...I am in the process of "turning myself into a sewer and crafter" too. I thought maybe it was too late...that you had to be born with the sewing gene or just forget about it! So it was good to read your blog - great job on the doll btw! I'm halfway through a Henrietta Hippo (Audrey and Maude pattern - thought I'd start with a softie too!) Good luck on your sewing journey :)

Anonymous said...

You've inspired me to give it a whirl! Very cute!

Kathryn - MamaBoo said...

Awww...the doll is super cute! It certainly looks like Miss J thinks so too!