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Little Photographer Camera Softie – Updated!

I’ve sewn tons of softies and handmade toys over the past few years, and the one that has been most popular has been the Little Photographer Camera! One of my earliest patterns, it is a stuffed camera toy that encourages imaginative play. There’s a little window in the back to slip real pictures; my kids love shuffling through them or suggesting new ones. Seeing other peoples’ versions pop up in different color combinations over the years has been so much fun and after receiving feedback from a few folks I decided to update the pattern.

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Hipster Teddy Bear PDF Sewing Pattern

Hipster Teddy Bear - modern teddy bear sewing PDF pattern from Swoodson Says.

I have a new pattern release, in the latest issue 15 of One Thimble, a digital sewing magazine! The Hipster Teddy Bear PDF sewing pattern is a modern teddy bear that both girls and boys will love. My daughter wanted a bear to sleep with and I didn’t love any of the patterns on the market, so I made one! Designed for confident beginners, it would be a perfect ‘first softie’ project. Appliqueing the face and turning the thinner limbs right side out can take a bit of patience, but it’s worth it!

A finished softie measures approximately 20” (50.8cm) from ear to toe – it’s a nice big bear that doesn’t use up a ton of fabric. The limbs are soft and squishy, making it perfect to drag along or hug.

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How To Make A Bandana for Kids

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Learn how to make a bandana for kids - an easy sewing project for beginners! This bandana is fast and easy to make, and will keep hair and sweat out of happy faces this summer.

We spend lots of time outside year-round and protecting all of our skin from the sun can be exhausting. As we come into the summer season, I usually try to do a combination of sunscreen and skin covering. I have a DIY bandana for kids tutorial that I’m sharing thanks to Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen®, which will leave us totally covered for all of our family hikes!

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Upcycled Sweatshirt Hat

Ideas for sweater upcycling aren't always this cute; see how a frumpy sweatshirt turned into the coziest winter hat ever, with a hidden wool layer! Recycle sweater hats are cozy and cheap to make.

If you have a plain, unremarkable old sweatshirt hanging around, I have some fun recycle sweater hat inspiration for you! I sewed up this cozy winter bonnet as a gift and am finally sharing it; it’s made from one of my favorite winter patterns that seems to fit kids’ heads really well. It’s just icing on the cake that I used scraps and upcycled materials to make it!

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