Anyway, Meg decided last weekend that she wanted to spend her pocket money on a new cuddly bunny. Specifically, she wanted me to help her sew one. So off we went to Spotlight to pick out a few pretty coordinating fabrics.
We then searched google and found the cutest free bunny pattern - The Jack Rabbit Softie by The Mary Frances Project. This pattern is ridiculously cute with the oversized floppy ears.
We cut out all the pieces. Meg sat on my lap for most of the sewing. She guided the fabric while I controlled the foot. She also stuffed the bunny and sewed on the button eyes.
Here's her bunny. So cute. One thing I didn't do properly was to fold a little of the ears over at the seam where they attach to the head. This gives then a bit more lift. I noticed this when Meg had pretty much finished the stuffing. She was quite excited that we'd almost finished, so I chose to ignore it.
Using some of the leftover fabric, I sewed an owl doorstop for Meg's room after seeing the gorgeous ones on Katherine's blog a few weeks ago. The pattern was from Hammer and Thread. Meg has actually been in need of a doorstop for a long time but I never remember to pick up the bits when I'm at the hardware store. I'm glad I've been forgetting, because this is a much cuter alternative.
I filled most of the owl with standard polyfill. For the bottom third I used lentils wrapped in a plastic bag.
Well I think Meg has done quite well, don't you? She only forked out $5.40 and got an owl and a bunny and she still has leftover material. I don't think I've actually gained any time. The time I would have spent tidying toys, has been spent making toys. That said, it is a much more enjoyable way to spend my time, so I it's still a bit of a win-win.
Speaking of owls, we have a Papuan Frogmouth living in our laundry. So cool!