Its that time of the year again. Its time for the Softies for Mirabel appeal. For 2014 I have made four bunnies. I picked up the pattern at a craft show. The pattern is by Archie and Moo but I can't seem to find it online. It is wonderfully simple but cuddly. You have to test them for their cuddle and huggability factor. I used quilting cotton on the front and flannel on the back. I just had to get stuffing for the bunnies. All the fabrics were from "the stash". Very satisfying.
I didn't blog my 2013's efforts either. I made four teddies. These are made from linen. I got this pattern from Craft Schmaft and it is called Mr Ted. You can get the tutorial here. I had more time in 2013 and was able to work on something with more detail.
I like making softies but only the more simple ones. Anything too intricate would never get finished. I always have this internal debate with myself over making one elaborate softie versus being able to make more using a simpler pattern. From the above picture you can see which side of the argument wins.
Getting the faces right is a challenge for me. It does not come naturally. Giving them some character and a look that says "let me soothe you troubles" is tricky. This year's pattern removed that challenge.
As I make them I imagine them giving a child some comfort as my son's softies give him. Never underestimate the power of a softie!