Friday, 13 October 2017

Baby Demiguise (inspired by the Harry Potter Series)

Some of you may be familiar with my quiet little companion who showed up a few months ago disappearing and reappearing as he wished, as a Demiguise will do. More recently he has been spotted with a little companion of his own. It seems my friend has become a father and along with other males of his species, it is he who is responsible for the care of his child. As a youngster the babies hair is still a snowy white colour with invisibility skills yet to fully develop, unlike his silvery haired father who can disappear at will.

This baby Demiguise was made in the same way as my original Demiguise, only on a smaller scale. The pattern I used provided the pieces to shape the body, arms and feet. After reducing the size of the pattern I then created pattern pieces for the whiskers and tail and edited the face shape and features. His eyes are blanket stitched, his nose is two french knots and his mouth is backstitched all in black as with my original Demiguise.

The small face whiskers were very tricky to turn once sewn, but he wouldn't be a Demiguise without those added features so the end result was well worth the trouble these pieces gave me. The foot pads were backstitched rather then appliqué as suggested in the instructions that accompanied the pattern used, as I liked the simple look the stitching gave to the finished Demiguise. As with all my sewn projects, this baby Demiguise was completely hand-sewn.

My magical creatures collection continues to grow with this new addition of a baby Demiguise and sitting at just 4 inches tall he is so far the smallest of my Fantastic Beasts, smaller even then my Mooncalf which is only 4.5 inches tall. The pattern used for these Demiguise is Choly Knight's Bigfoot Plush Sewing Pattern found HERE in her etsy store. Choly also has a lot of great FREE patterns available on her blog Sew Desu Ne?.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Disney Princess Art Doll - Rapunzel

I have a second set of art dolls I am working on for gifts. These dolls are based on Disney Princesses and first up is Rapunzel with her long golden hair and purple dress. Her long limbs are sewn into her body, her eyes are painted on and her rosy coloured cheeks are crayon. It was hard to get the pink cheeks look right but it turned out sweet looking enough I think.

This Rapunzel art doll was fully hand-sewn and finished with a cute pink flower in her hair to complete her look. I found an amazing image of Rapunzel online that I printed up as a tag to accompany this doll when I gifted her. Despite her limbs being sewn-in she is able to either sit or stand as desired. Although the finished doll is a little rough looking, I do love how this art doll turned out.

Friday, 29 September 2017

My Little Pictish Pony

This uniquely decorated pony was inspired by pictures of Pictish animals with their swirling motifs and beautifully intricate designs. The pony pattern is the same as previously seen with My Little Pony Snuzzle Inspired Plush, only here it is a bigger size. The swirling design was initially sketched out before being hand-stitched to the pony and as with my previous pony the legs are fully moveable.

This Pictish Pony is one of the few plush creations I have kept for myself. The colours I chose are a basic stone grey colour with red coloured stitching for contrast and luck, as red is supposed to be a lucky colour. The pony is finished with a red yarn tail but no mane as I preferred how he looked without it. Stitched by hand, this pony was a lot of fun to decorate and is a one of a kind plush.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Bunbun Pocket Plush Mashup

These two little bunnies were made in just one week, a big task for hand sewer, but I wanted to finish these for a sewing contest that ends tomorrow. I would have started these sooner if I had known about the competition beforehand, I may have gotten more sleep this week... These were made from the combination of two patterns from TeacupLion.

This doll bunny was created from the Bunbun sewing pattern that is given away to subscribers of TeacupLion. The Bunbun pattern consists of the head and ears only, to this I added the body of TeacupLion's free Pocket Bear pattern. I left the bunny face quite simple so the hand embroidered doll face and stitched fringe would stand out as the main feature of this bunny costumed doll.

I gave this doll bunny a floppy ear look by flipping the Pikachu ear pieces included in the Bunbun pattern and finished off the look with mini buttons down the front and a pompom tail to complete the bunny costume for this doll. The Pocket Bear body pattern I used was enlarged to better suit the original size of this Bunbun sewing pattern.

This little bunny was also made from the same two TeacupLion sewing patterns, only here it was the Bunbun sewing pattern that was reduced in size to better suit the original Pocket Bear body pattern. The face placement for this bunny was taken from the Pocket Bear pattern using black safety eyes, a few well placed stitches for the nose and finished with an elegant black bow.

The patterns for these two little bunnies are available HERE. As mentioned the Bunbun sewing pattern is available to those who subscribe to TeacupLion's mailing list, while the Pocket Bear sewing pattern is a FREE pattern available from the same link above. These are such easy to follow and detailed patterns to work with and I am so pleased with how these cute little bunnies turned out.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Faery Rag Doll #3

This is another of my faery rag dolls. Yet another faery doll that was made as a gift. Totally hand-sewn, she is soft and huggable with her big ears, floppy wings and soft stuffed body. She is 24cm from head to toe and her wing span is about 16cm, making her just the right size for little hands, or a shelf decoration.

I love how simple and adorable these faery rag dolls are, with their blanket stitched hair, sewn ear details and colourful wings with matching printed dresses / bodies. Initially I was unsure about how much face detail to add, but I am happy with the simplicity of just her black safety eyes as I think her understated beauty suits a more modest look.

Friday, 8 September 2017

My Beanie Mouse

This sweet little fella has been a welcome companion since his arrival a few days ago, although Henry (my ginger cat) has seemed to be a bit too interested in my new little friend which has led me to be very wary about leaving the two alone together.

After my attempts with altering existing patterns to create something new, as I did here with my magical Mooncalf creature, I decided to try and make a whole pattern from scratch and this is the result. There were a few redraws and editing of the pattern as well as a few unpicked and resewn attempts to create this mouse.

To bring this mouse to life I started with an oval base shape, then there was a lot of measuring and drawing and remeasuring and redrawing as well some sketched out pieces for the ears, paws and tail. Initially I thought the ears a tad large but once all put together they suited him perfectly.

This cute mouse was finished with black safety eyes and a few stitches for his nose. Although his paws and tail are stuffed with fibrefill his body is filled with plastic pellets to give him a soft, playful finish. Being about 11cm long (24cm including the tail) he is a comfortable size to hold in one hand. He didn't quite end up how I first imagined, but I am very happy with how cute he turned out to be.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Hanging Animal Art Doll - Bear

This is another animal art doll I have made as a gift. This doll, like my previous animal art doll, has long jointed limbs connected to a basic body shape with only the animal head altered, in this case to depict a bear. The bear head is made up of cute little ears, yellow safety eyes and a simple stitched nose. As with the first animal art doll I made, this bear comes with a printed animal tag.

As with my previous animal art doll, this hanging bear is designed for decorative purposes and features a hanging loop attached to the back of the head in order to hang this doll. This can be seen in the first picture above. Alternatively this animal art doll can either sit or stand on a shelf or table or anywhere as desired as a decoration. Again I have to apologise for the quality of the photos.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Wonder Woman Hair Clip

I have another super hero hair clip made from iron beads, this time for a heroine who is instantly recognisable to all. This Wonder Woman hair clip shows off her iconic W in red and yellow which stands out nicely when worn. The design was simple enough to put together, helped by a quick google search, and the beads were then ironed together before being hot glued to a hair clip.

I am not the best at photographing the back of my head, but you get the idea of how this looks when worn. This Wonder Woman hair clip was such a simple little craft to put together and was a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon. With the recent Wonder Woman movie, this iconic super heroine is more popular then ever and having a simple yet super sweet hair clip to wear makes you feel super wonderful.

Friday, 18 August 2017

My Little Pony Snuzzle Inspired Plush

This is just one of only a few little ponies that I made as gifts. If you hadn't noticed already from reading my posts, most things I make are as gifts for family and loved ones. I do keep a few things I make for myself as I just can't seem to part with them, must mostly it is nice to share the things I make with others and see them get enjoyment from something I've created.

I decided to base my ponies on real My Little Pony characters and for this particular pony I chose Snuzzle as I loved the colours and the hearts were cute. However because I had no pink yarn for Snuzzle's mane and tail I decided to switch the colours making the body pink and the hair blue, as I liked the blue colour as opposed to the grey.

This plush little pony of mine has fully moveable legs and along with the embroidered hearts and eyes, I also embroidered the name of the recipient of this gift to the ponies back. The pattern for this horse was I found online with a google search. This pony plush was a I lot of fun to put together and makes a sweet little gift for a sweet little girl.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Hanging Animal Art Doll - Horse

I have started making these animal art dolls as gifts; they feature the heads of animals, and in this case a tail also, as well as long limbs and tiny pink eyes that are safety eyes. There is also a printed animal tag to accompany the doll. The pattern was simple enough to put together, the arms and legs are basic long shapes and the body ends in a nice flat bottom.

These animal art dolls are decorative only, totally hand-sewn, I have included a loop at the back of the head so it could be easily hung if desired, however it could also stand or sit on a shelf or in a cabinet. To create this pattern I used a number of different sources with only the heads of each doll being altered to create differing animals. Again I have to apologise for the quality of the photos.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Simon's Cat Car Plush

This is a cute project I found online for an adorable car plush. I made a few of these as gifts as they were quite simple to make; this one was made using a blue stretch fabric which gave him a lovely chubby look. There are black beads for his eyes and the suction cups I brought online are about 3cm, I got 20 of these suction cups and used 4 per cat, so I ended up making 5 cat car plushes in a few different colours.

Without actually knowing about Simon's Cat I made these as I thought this a cute item and great gift idea. This cat car plush was created from a FREE pattern by Katrin Black which can be found HERE. Her website is actually in Russian but there are plenty of pictures provided to guide you in making this and there is always google translate to translate the page if you prefer.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sailor Mars Bow Hair Clip & Transformation Pen Key Chain

A few weeks back I made a Sailor Moon Bow Hair Clip that turned out to be such a sweet little hair accessory that I decided to create another for my other favourite sailor scout Sailor Mars. I also thought it would be fun to create her transformation pen. I have a few Sailor Moon accessories, mostly necklaces like the one my Niffler is holding, and wanted something to represent Sailor Mars so when I saw a pattern for her Transformation Pen online I just had to make it.

The Sailor Mars Bow Hair Clip is a bit bigger then the Sailor Moon Bow Hair Clip I made, but I like that its a substantial size and the Sailor Mars bow colours of purple and red are quite lovely. I found the pattern for this Sailor Mars bow with a google search and used iron beads hot glued to a hair clip to create this. To make this you can use any type of iron beads you prefer including perler, hama and pyssla.

At least my efforts to photograph the back of my head this time resulted in a half decent picture, without the blurry effect you can see just how big this hair clip is and as I said I think the bigger size is quite lovely. The process of designing and creating with iron beads is such a fun and relaxing craft and the possibilities of what can be created with these beads is endless.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Topsy Turvy Doll - Supergirl & Wonder Woman

When I was very little I was fascinated by a vintage up-side down doll that my great-grandmother had made, I'm told she was also a very crafty person and from her work it is obvious she was very talented. I loved flipping that doll over and over and finding two very different faces greeting me. It was such a unique doll, the only flip doll I had seen, and I thought it was about time that these particular dolls made a comeback.

I first had to find a pattern for this style of doll and found a number of topsy turvy doll sewing patterns online but I wanted one that had a vintage feel to it. Also I was looking for a pattern that would have a more 3D type head shape head rather then being a flat doll type. I found two doll patterns that I liked but finally settled on this doll pattern that I found on etsy. It has a nice shape to it, I like how the skirt sits, and also it has the 3D head shape I was after.

The basic shape of this flip doll is wonderful and so reminds me of that doll my great-grandmother made, also the face of this doll is easily adapted to other characters as I have done here. The finished size of this topsy turvy doll is about 14 inches from head to head and about 16 inches from head to hem, as the skirt hangs a little lower to fully cover the doll under it. This particular doll was made as a gift or a special little girl who happens to love the DC Superhero Girls, so I chose characters from that show for her flip doll.

Supergirl is a favourite character and her face was actually copied from a picture of Supergirl from the DC Superhero Girls that I found online. I love how much fun it was to embroider her face, something very new to me, and her quirky smile turned out great. She has her headband, cuffs and belt from ribbon and of cause her Supergirl symbol to finish her outfit.

Wonder Woman is such a great character and pretty popular at the moment so I thought a good choice to accompany Supergirl. Again her face was taken from a DC Superhero Girls image and I'm so pleased with how she looks. She has a tiara and ribbon highlights on her top as well as a ribbon belt and cuffs. The skirt for this Wonder Woman was inspired by the classic Wonder Woman image, mostly because I love the look of the stary blue material.

This Topsy Turvy Doll was so much fun to make and such a joy to see come together at each stage. I learnt so many new skills creating this and have requests to make more which I am planning to do, although it will be a few weeks before the next one is finished. Hand-sewn with embroidered faces, defined hands and yarn hair, the clothing for these dolls was somewhat simplified but the characters are obvious, I hope, and I just love the finished look of these dolls.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A Little Peekaboo Turtle

A few months back I posted about these Peekaboo Turtles that I made as gifts. They were so cute I decided to make one for myself, only this one was made at about half the size. It features the same removable shell, this one is a pretty floral, and was hand-sewn. The only difference in making this little one was the eyes are stitched on as the safety eyes I had were too large for this little one.

As mentioned in the previous post, the pattern for this little turtle comes from the book Flip Dolls and Other Toys that Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab, and Go by Laura Wilson. She has a lot of fun patterns that are just as interactive, to find more information about this book and Laura's other patters visit her on her blog We Wilsons.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Sailor Moon Bow Hair Clip


Sailor Moon has long been one of my favourite superheroes, though I am not sure about the new 20th Anniversary reboot of the anime where she looks super skinny. I actually prefer the classic Sailor Moon anime from the 90's with her chubby cheeks, this image more matches her age and personality. Yes she is clumsy and yes she is a crybaby, but despite this she is fiercely loyal, always hungry and shows great courage in the face of danger, at least she does eventually.

For those who have read some of my other posts, they may remember my Niffler who had managed to get his hands on my Sailor Moon Star Locket necklace, but I thought a hair clip would be super cute and so I decided to make one from a design I found doing a google search. The hair clip is made using iron beads laid out on a special board, ironed together then hot glued to a hair clip. There are a number a different types of iron beads you can use including perler, hama and pyssla.

It is actually very difficult to take a photo of the back of your head, which I found out the hard way, so apologies for the quality of this last picture. But when not blurred this Sailor Moon bow hair clip is really a sweet looking hair accessory and quite a fun and simple project to put together. I think it would be great to eventually have a bow hair clip for all the Sailor Scouts, but I may just make one or two more, Sailor Mars is also a favourite of mine.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Henry the Cat / Crookshanks (inspired by the Harry Potter Series)

This mini fat cat spends his days sitting on my bookshelf keeping a watchful eye on goings-on from his high perch, unlike Henry (my other ginger cat) who spends his days lazing about mostly curled up on my lap now that the winter chill is finally settling in. Initially I had made this cat with Henry in mind but I decided, being a ginger, he could also be a substitute for the half-Kneazle Crookshanks.

This little ginger cat is about 5.5 inches tall not including the ears, that is a bit over half the size of the original pattern which would produce a huggable pillow sized toy. However I wanted something smaller to sit on my shelf and be cute and small. Made of an orange fabric that was once a dress, with white accents and tiny black eyes he is finished with black backstitched whiskers and mouth.

As a shelf sitting cat he is a cute mini fat cat, but I'm sure there are better cat patterns out there that could be used to create Hermione's half-Kneazle Crookshanks. I also think this pattern works best at its full size as the animal pillow toy it was designed to be, especially for younger owners. Despite this I'm still quite happy with my little ginger cat. This pattern was found HERE in the Shiny Happy World shop.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Pigwidgeon 'Pig' (inspired by the Harry Potter Series)

This tiny grey hooting owl was flying madly about the room for ages showing off before he calmed down long enough for me to collect the message tied to his leg. Of cause I knew immediately who this little ball of energy was, Pigwidgeon, or Pig as Ron calls him. Although I think Harry was spot on when he called Pig a "fluffy snitch". But for such a tiny little owl to fly so far, he certainly deserved an owl treat or two.

The owl treats box was made in the shape of a sultana box and you can guess what it is filled with... Saltanas. Pig loves them of cause. Pigwidgeon himself was created from a grey fabric offset with a white face and under wings and a black beak and feet. His face piece was actually cut with pinking shears to give a more textured feathered look. Pig was then finished with yellow safety eyes.

This cute little owl was made from a pattern I found online when searching owl patterns. I wanted something small and cute to capture Pigwidgeon's personality and this is what I found. Obviously a type of furred or similar textured fabric would look better, however I used only what I had on hand which was this grey material. Overall I was pleased with how he turned out and his new owner is too.