This little owl was a request from my sister. It’s made from Tiny Niece’s first baby clothes. This is the second I’ve made – the first was a dinosaur for her brother – and I’ve learned a few things the hard way!
– Most important is to use a pattern with big pieces, and not too many of them. This pattern, from Simplicity 1549, is ideal. The dinosaur wasn’t! Great pattern, but had many little pieces and there was a point when I was surrounded by countless tiny bits of jersey and I really wanted to give up. But couldn’t, because the pieces were made from precious baby clothes.
– Joining different prints together to fit the pattern pieces looks great. Here, I’ve used some decorative stitching to highlight the seam.
– Use iron-on knit interfacing for the main body pieces. I didn’t with the dinosaur, and when stuffed he grew, and grew… We named him Tubbysaurus.
– Stitch limbs to the back piece before joining. You don’t want to have to unpick, the less handled the better.
– Watch out for poppers and buttons which might break your needle. Guess how I know.
The eyes on this owl are appliqued circles with embroidered eyelashes, and the beak is felt. Tiny Niece loved him!
On a completely different subject, I’m enjoying reading about everyone’s Me Made May exploits. I’m aiming to wear one me-made every day. I want to see which things get the most wear, and identify any gaps. I’m planning a league table at the end of the month as I don’t like taking daily pictures. I’m so glad the rules are flexible!