1.22.2010

stuffed with "luff"

With the love relationship fully restored between me and my borrowed sewing machine, I've gotten a little stitch happy.  I just had to make the twin's stuffie luffies that would look good with the decor in their new room.  It was a necessity.  And it didn't cost me a cent to make them because I used leftover fabric, buttons and polyester filling.  They are as easy to pie to make (or in my opinion--easier) and definitely addictive!  I've got plans to make another one for Thaddeus.  These are great projects for someone who is just learning to sew.  I've only been sewing off and on for a year now  (my elementary 4-H projects don't really count).  My first "break-in" project was a lined dress for Astair and it wasn't the easiest pattern to follow (read: it took weeks to make).  Stuffies like these, on the other hand, take less than thirty minutes. That's my kind of instant gratification.

The easy peasy joyeful way to make a stuffie luffie
{1}  Draw your own pattern on newspaper, leaving room for at least a 1/4" seam allowance
{2}  Pin pattern to a folded piece of fabric and cut--you should have two identical pieces of fabric
{3}  Cut out other shapes that you will want on the face of your stuffie  (ears and eyes, mouths or feet)
and pin them in place.  I used fabric on my elephant and felt on my penguin/platypus (who knows what it is!)
{4}  Sew them on making sure the feet and/or the wings are turned to the inside.

{6}  Place the right sides of your stuffie together and pin in place.
{7}  Sew around the edges at 1/4", leaving at least a 2 inch hole open (for stuffing).  Do this twice to ensure that it won't unravel and will withstand a lotta lovin'.
{8}  Optional:  Sew a zig zap pattern on the very edge of your fabric to further strengthen it.
{9}  Turn your stuffie inside out by pulling it through the 2 inch hole you left open.
{10}  Stuff with fiberfill or any other stuffing you might have on hand and sew the hole closed.
This is Perry.
He's not sure exactly what he is.  At first he believed he was a penguin, but his boy thought he looked like Perry the platypus on Phineas and Ferb.  Although his identity is a bit muddled, he is a favorite of tots and felines alike.  His best friend is Elouise the Elephant (first photo) and his favorite place to sleep is in the middle of the floor.

21 comments:

Missy said...

How cute! I may have to try these! I have been wanting to actually learn to sew to make stuff instead of just hemming pants and sewing up holes. LOL

Cha Cha said...

This are tooo cute, I love that you add the extras to them, so they seem to have personnality now. Great job.

Cha Cha

prashant said...

I have meaningful time with God are the ones where I feel much more balanced. Go figure! =)

Work from home

Michela said...

Hmm- looks like you got a spammer! Prashant totally copied my comment from yesterday.

(I thought that sounded familiar...)

Cute stuffies, I wish I had little ones to make them for! =)

Stephanie said...

These are sooo cute! I don't have a sewing machine, but I might just try to make one by hand. I'll let you know if I do! Thanks for the instructions

Kristin said...

:D Love the name, stuffie luffie! That is adorable!! You make it sound so easy. I got a pattern from the store once for all kinds of stuffies, but I just cannot understand a pattern to save my life. It's like reading a foreign language to me, but I might try to make my own pattern, like you suggested, and it seems much easier. YOu are so creative, Joye! Those are so much fun!

Summer said...

Oh my gosh Joye...these are just too adorable! When I have little kidlings, I'll have to try these out......Heck..maybe I'll just have to make some for friends' kiddos!

Lara said...

I am so impressed by your craftiness. Seriously. I am the least creative person ever!

Mich said...

Too cute.

I have a sewing machine and I've made a few little things, but unfortunately I don't have the patience for a big project.

Kate said...

Too cute! Thanks for the DIY instructions!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Love this idea! So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!!
Blessings,
Stacey

Catherine Anne said...

This is great!!! Now wanting to go make one....

alihsee said...

These are so gorgeous! Maybe I should invest in a sewing machine :) Or I could be lazy & get someone else to make them for me!

Blessings!

christy rose said...

Those are so cool!!!

Simply Dawn said...

These are adorable you creative gal!

Deidra said...

I "luff" the luffies! And...you're a winner, girlfriend! Stop by my blog for the details on your free stuff!!

~*~ Allison ~*~ said...

I LOVE these! If I actually sewed, I would consider making a bunch and giving them out as baby shower gifts! Too cute!!

Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Many blessings,
Allison

Widge said...

These are soooo cute!
I recently named a sock monkey I made "Perry". My kids are big phineas and ferb fans too.

jaimeparis said...

these are really pretty :)Simple and beautiful as it should be,
hugs, erika

Holly said...

I am not a talented sewer so I'm not sure I could make them this cute!!

Wife to the Rockstar said...

I am in LOVE with them. You need to sell them on Etsy.

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