Soft Toys Finishes


By Judith on October 28, 2019
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Hi everyone, how are you all?

 

I have just had my first quilting retreat this past weekend, and what a weekend it was! I’ll be writing a post on what we got up too soon!

 

But before that, last week saw the end of our season of soft toys in class!

 

Are you ready for cuteness overload (and a little education)?

 

Class Projects - Toys
Francie Fox pattern by AngelLea Designs

Collective nouns for foxes: Leash, Skulk, Earth, Lead, Troop

(did you spot the giraffe?)

 

Class Projects - Toys
Trunk Show pattern by Jodie Carleton

Collective nouns for elephants: herd or memory

 

Class Projects - Toys
The Purl Bee Penguin by Purl Soho

Collective nouns for penguins: waddle, rookery, colony, huddle and raft (when in water)

 

Aren’t they adorable!

 

Half way through the block I demo-ed how to make sock monkeys using the free pattern by Craft Passion (read more here).

 

And in no time at all, a troop of monkeys started to appear!

 

Class Project - Soft Toys

 

These monkeys are so tactile and soft, and a few have already had some serious play time with enthusiastic grandchildren!

 

Well done to all my toy makers this term!  There are some seriously satisfied children (& adults) out there now!

Happy sewing!

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Sock Monkeys


By Judith on October 4, 2019
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This term in class we have been running a soft toys theme.  And in keeping with this theme, this week I have been demo-ing the hugely affectionate Sock Monkey!

 

Sock Monkeys
Large & Medium monkey

 

This pattern is by Craft Passion and includes 3 sizes – Adult, Toddler & Baby!

 

You need one pair of socks to make 1 monkey. The pattern suggests using crew length socks (approx 8″ from heel to cuff) however I adapted knee length socks for my large monkey and used a pair of ladies ankle socks (approx 5″ from heel to cuff) for the medium monkey.

 

Sock Monkeys

 

I found these monkeys surprisingly easy to sew, especially as the pattern directs you to mark and sew the limbs and features on the complete sock first, before cutting out! Genuis!

 

Sock Monkeys

 

And there is a nifty way of getting stuffing into that narrow channel of a tail!! (It’s so clever!)

 

Sock Monkeys

 

The toys we have been making in class require lots and lots of stuffing, really well packed in to achieve the finished shape.  However, that is not the case with these little fellows!

Because socks are made from a stretchy knit fabric, the more you stuff, the more it will stretch! So my advice is not to over stuff, just enough for maximum cuddle factor!

 

Sock Monkeys

 

A little hand sewing brings all the features together. Don’t worry if you’re not that neat a hand sewer like me. The stitches just seem to get absorbed into the knit fabric! Magic!

 

Sock Monkeys

 

Aren’t they cute!  And great gift ideas for little (& big) kids (I recommend using safety eyes instead of buttons if gifting to small children).

 

So no need to discard those old or odd socks!  Get sewing your very own troop of monkeys!

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