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.
My Mom always had a Valentine’s Day card and gift for us growing up – I still have some of her handmade cards (you can see one in this post). There are lots of fun ideas to sew for Valentine’s Day, I rounded up a whole bunch of them from other bloggers. All of these are quick sews, and many of them are designed specifically for young kids to sew themselves, so you could use them for a fun craft next week!
What’s better than a free cat sewing pattern? A free cat sewing pattern that fits in your pocket! My two year old is obsessed with her new kitty-cats; I’m sharing this pattern as a fun, easy thing to sew up by hand for Valentine’s Day. It is simple enough to sew with older kids too, I designed it as a part of the ongoing Sew A Softie Day project. The kitties slip right inside a child’s pocket as a little friend, and are super quick to make. They are the perfect size for little toddler hands to hold and carry, without being so small that they’re easily lost.