A new Swoodson Says pattern is releasing! Available only in the Christmas in July pattern bundle until this thursday (more details about the bundle here, it’s a good one!); this is the perfect pattern to sew by the dozens. The design lends itself well to using up fabric scraps and the appliques are unique while remaining easy to sew on. Babies and toddlers will love throwing, stacking, and squishing these soft blocks; they’d fit perfectly in a stocking!
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.
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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Sewing for babies is the best! Now that I have had two kids, I love choosing gifts for baby showers and baby birthdays because it brings back so many fun memories. My favorite gift is to pair something store-bought and useful with something handmade. I think especially once you become a parent, you appreciate handmade things more because you realize how little spare time parents have! I rounded up 10 of my favorite, best baby gifts to sew and shared links to several free patterns or tutorials for each category so there will be something for everyone!