In between packing orders and speaking with all of our lovely customers I’m trying to finish up my own Christmas shopping. This last week before Christmas is slightly quieter than the past few weeks so it is a good time to start on a homemade present for my daughters. I love to sew, and my daughters love arts and crafts. Last year they became very interested in looking for stuffed animal patterns on Etsy that we could download and sew at home. I first spotted the MerMae pattern on the Hawthorne Threads blog (a wonderful website if you like fabric), and decided to make one for each of my daughters for Christmas.
Sewing the dolls was a wonderful way to relax and unwind after they went to bed each night and they loved them. You may recognize some of the prints they chose as fabrics used for our Liberty of London Pajamas and Printed Portuguese Flannel Pajamas. If you are looking for a DIY present you can buy the pattern here and download it instantly. Happy Sewing!
Here are all three together, the one in the middle has some lipgloss on and received a haircut, but generally they held up very well! So cute. I love them.
During one of our many snow days this month, my Daughter and I decided to make a Valentine’s Day project using some of the Liberty Fabrics that we just brought in for Fall/Holiday ’14 sample making. We made a pillow inspired by Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture.
FIrst we made a pattern in photoshop replicating the sculture as best we could, but we wanted to keep the “O” vertical rather than tilted. After creating block letters that filled up a 20×20″ area we printed them out and taped them together to make a pattern. Then we traced the letters and did our best to adhere them to a piece of linen using small pieces of fusible tape and fabric glue. Next we topstitched the letters using a zig zag stitch. Finally we sewed an envelope style back and stuffed it with a 20×20″ insert.
If we ever make another version of the same pillow I’ll change the font slightly so that there is less negative space inside the O and also make sure the letter block is perfectly square, but it was a fun first try! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, keep an eye out for these two patterns in our Liberty of London Pajamas!