Weekend Project: Mr Woodland Fox

Despite my previous observations on the time it takes to hand sew felt toys, I really love sewing them, especially ones from Ginger Melons beautiful designs. My most recent pattern purchase has been the woodland creatures and I was very excited to give Mr Woodland Fox a go!

THE PROJECT

Making Mr Fox was a little quicker to make due to machine sewing the body. It also called for Fray Check for the eyes and being me, I hadn’t read the pattern when I first got it and was a 1.5 round trip away from getting any… so what is a girl to do? Improvise with.. superglue!! Well, it worked for the most part, although some parts were veeeery hard to punch the needle through! ( I have since added fray check to my inventory).

Making a mess in the making... and doesn't the face from the back look creepy!?!!

Making a mess in the making… and doesn’t the face from the back look creepy!?!!

There is a little bit of machine sewing which sliiiiighly makes things faster. It is probably because this is my fourth or fifth Ginger Melon pattern, but the progress of this one felt more streamlined and more enjoyable since I was not stressing about time or understanding what I am to do.

The bits and pieces of Mr Fox.

The bits and pieces of Mr Fox all in a row.

THE OUTCOME

Okaaaaaay, so I think Mr Fox is the CUTEST THING EVER! I really love his angled head and I think the colours I chose really offset each other well. I really love him! I think when I get the chance I will do a batch sew up of some more – what’s the group name for foxes?

I shall have a skulk of foxes! 😀

Gah! Cuteness overload!

Gah! Cuteness overload!

What animal do you love to make?

~ Emily

Making a Reggie: My softie competition entry – David Bowie!

If you have been following my instagram you will have seen that over the past few weeks I have been making a ‘Reggie’ – a doll to submit to the first ever Reginald Award for softie portraits. I have been soooooooooo excited about this competition and been racking my brain trying to decide who I could choose to do a portrait of.

If you read this previous post, you would already know about my love of David Bowie 🙂 But it wasn’t until last year when I watched the documentary David Bowie: Five Years in the Making of an Icon that my interest was sparked in discovering all the colourful and unusual personas he created through out his career.

THE PROJECT

The softie for the Reginald Award had to be created from an original pattern so I decided to start my foray into softie designing with a very simple outline shape and add the character details to the key features. David Bowie has had some very complex costumes in his time (!), but I decided to keep it simple and chose David as he appeared in the music clip to ‘Life On Mars?’.

From concept to completion - David Bowie softie

From concept to completion – David Bowie softie

Because of the chunky human form I had chosen, I decided to go with a more interpretive way of presenting his features, especially since the video is so blown out you can’t see much detail anyway!

You might be wondering where the nose is...I have officially decided I don't do noses - they never look right!

You might be wondering where the nose is…I have officially decided I don’t do noses – they never look right!

THE OUTCOME

Overall I am pretty happy with the way he turned out!! I love the face especially, but I can see there are a lot of areas for improvement. I think he jacket isn’t long enough and some of the seams I sewed in blanket stitch would probably have been better in applique or back stitch.

David Bowie - Life on Mars?

David Bowie – Life on Mars?

IN CONCLUSION

Making a Reggie has been so much fun! I am thinking I miiiiiiight be able to squeeze in another go before the deadline and make something even better to submit instead… but I know my procrastination level, so no promises there!

Are you making a Reggie too? Tell me how you came up with you design!

Sewing Time Experiment: Gretel Felt Doll

It is in my nature to underestimate the time it takes to do things, hence our family tradition of always being late ಠ_ಠ (I am working on improving that!) So when I sit down to create, I always think I will be done much sooner than it ends up being in reality.

THE PROJECT

Given this, I decided to find out how much time I actually spend on a project, to give me some hard data to work with. I had downloaded Ginger Melon’s Hansel & Gretel pattern over Christmas, got the timer on my iphone ready and started cutting and sewing!

GingerMelon Gretel doll

I took the time to make sure her stitches were neat and I am really happy with how nearly she turned out.

THE OUTCOME

So, just to get to body complete (from cutting out pieces to attaching all body parts) it took me a total of

….drum roll please….

FIVE HOURS and FORTY THREE MINUTES

WHAT THE WHA??!?!? Holy crapola Batman, that is sooooooooo long!!! Admittedly it was a new pattern, although the technique is similar to several others I have made, and I spent the time to make sure she was finished properly, but that is waaaaaaaay longer than expected!

Breakdown
Cutting felt: 38 mins
Sewing head and features: 1hr 48mins
Sewing arms and legs: 2hrs 2mins
Putting body together: 1hr 15mins

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to keep up the timer for the clothing, but I estimate in total Gretel has taken me at least 4.5 hours for the clothing, so a grand total of 10 hours to make her come to life.

All the finer details of her pretty dress

All the finer details of her pretty dress

NOTE TO SELF

1. Cost effectiveness: just to pay my time at $10 per hour would make her cost over $100, not to mention costs of the materials or any profit!

2. I did really enjoy creating her and seeing her finish come up so evenly. I will attempt Hansel when I have some more skin coloured felt, but I think handsewing these dolls will be for fun only :/

Gretski all done and dressed up

Gretski all done and dressed up

Very interesting findings and a lot of food for thought came for making of Miss Gretel, got a lot to think about in the direction I want to head with my softie creations.

Have you had a project that took longer than you expected?

Holiday Day Project Challenge: Foxy Girl

With the madness of the Christmas period finally over, I ended up spending some very hot summer days in my craft room being distracted and generally very unproductive. It’s annoying to have the time to create only to end up with nothing to show for it but an increasing alarm for the well being of the residents of Midsummer County with it’s exceptionally high murder rate.

So in an effort to motivate myself I set a challenge to complete a sewing project from start to finish in one day. I had plenty of felt and a few Ginger Melon patterns I had bought in the holiday sales so I chose the Peak-A-Boo Fox pattern and got started.

PROJECT PROGRESS

It wasn’t as smooth sailing as I had hoped, especially given the temperature, my very unergonomic chair and my cat Ash’s contribution, hence my resorting to some left over Christmas bubbly for comfort and encouragement. 😀

Helpful assistance by Ash followed up by a more bubbly assistant to get this project finished

Helpful assistance by Ash followed up by a more bubbly assistance to get this project finished!

THE OUTCOME

Ta-dah! Here she is!

What a foxie little lady!

What a foxy little lady!

NOTE TO SELF

There are a few things I learnt from this experienment

1. Hand sewing takes FOR-EV-ERRRRRRR. I plan to do a tally of how many hours it takes on my next project to get an idea if its viable for selling.

2. I love felt because it doesn’t fray, but I am still having issues with the white breaking apart and bleeding fibers into other areas.

3. I need to be better at storing my creations away from rogue stuffing/cat fur/fibers. I left this one on my desk, then chucked it in with other dolls and it has lots of tiny fibers on it. It’s a fairly small doll but I still notice it, especially when doing the photos. Grrr.

So that’s it = CHALLENGE COMPLETE! If you would like to try this pattern, you can pick it up from Ginger Melon’s Etsy shop.

Have you started on any projects over the holidays?

A Handmade Christmas

I decided to try a handmade Christmas this year, and as usual despite my forward “planning” I only began three days prior. Add to that I spend most of Sunday procrastinating by watching ‘Midsummer Murders” instead of designing the doll I was going to make, it’s nothing short of a Christmas miracle that they were ready for unwrapping at our Christmas eve family dinner – PHEW! 😀

handmade christmas

The fruits of my sewing labour – a handmade Christmas!

What I made:

DAD-SHIRT CUSHIONS

My darling Dad passed away earlier this year. I had an idea of making something with some of his old clothes, so my Mum and my sister chose a shirt each of his that they liked and I decided to make a Dad-Shirt Cushion which is good for hugging. 🙂

dad pillow

Yes, the red and white pillow does have pirate ships, skulls and hula girls on it!

DAD DOLL

Through my obsessive softie research on Pinterest I had seen a number of amazing custom people softies so I decided to make one of my Dad for my sister. His pants and shirt are made from some of Dad’s clothes we kept – he even has a tiny hankie in his pocket!

I used some fur to make his hair – it was much too long (perfect for a Christopher Llyod doll!) so I gave it a hair cut and OMG my room was COVERED in flyaway hairs! (Being hot and having the fan on didn’t help the situation) but I really like the added ‘realness’ it give.

dad doll

Do you see a likeness? I wish I could have captured his smile, but all teeth ideas I had just looked creepy!!

FOX SOFTIE

My mum bought me the sewing book Hop Skip Jump and when my niece found my trial version of the Quick Red Fox she was smitten, so being the good aunty, I made one especially for her. Her excitement when opening it was magic 🙂

I used fleece for the first time which was relatively easy to sew, but despite the fleece being suuuuuuper soft and delicious, it piled on the red one particularly, so I ended up spending an additional hour snipping off all the piling. (A bit overboard?! I cant help it, I like to make things neat…except maybe my craft room!!)

fox softie

A cute fox, but the piling is annoying!

SUPER HERO SOFTIES

Since we had Christmas Eve with the family, we spend Christmas day with friends. They have two boys and having hit up their Mum for their favourite things I ended up making Batman inspired ‘Flynn-man’ and a Skeleton who was later christened ‘Robert’. Fair enough. 🙂

super hero softies

Robert still has pins in him – there was no time for photos after he was finished!

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Lastly I decided on Christmas morning that I needed to make something last minute for our friends that we were visiting – WHY DO I DO THAT?! So at the time we were due at their place I was frantically wrapping and showering and trying to get ready – lucky their place is only 5 minutes away.

felt christmas ornaments

THE AFTERMATH

Remember how I said I like things neat???

craft room reality

Exhibit A – evidence of a crafting explosion 😛

CONCLUSION

It was definitely worth the time slaving away in very hot craft room, I am already thinking of ideas for next year – let’s just hope I learnt my lesson from this year and get started early! (sha, right!)

How did you go making your Christmas gifts this year?

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