Firstly a very warm welcome to my new followers. I am so happy to see you and hope you will come back and comment regularly. Amongst my papercraft posts you will find an occasional sewing project as I also love to handsew.
This is one of the new patterns available from Lili of The Valley. There are 12 felt toys from Little Things to Share. You get a pattern and instructions to download and print. I wanted to make a hanging decoration as these are very popular and of course if you are selling toys they must have a CE marking.
I found using the pattern very easy but I thought I would share a few tips for the way I made mine. I copied the pattern at 1.25% and then cut the body slightly bigger. I cut the felt in pairs as that way if you do cut it slightly different to the pattern the sides of each piece will match. I sewed the tail pieces together and then attached the tail and ribbon to one body piece. Next I sewed and stuffed the legs and sewed them onto the body pieces. When I pinched the bottom of the ears I put a few stitches in them before sewing them onto the body. I also used brads rather than safety eyes but if you want them as toys you must use safety eyes. I also used blanket stitch and embroidery thread as I prefer than to just sewing them with cotton. I would love to know if you have a go at any of the patterns as they are all adorable.
I would like to enter the flora or fauna challenge at As you like it. I love flowers but I can't resist a cute animal.