Giveaway Day!

Hi all, the giveaway is officially closed (sorry I’m a little late!) and the winner is Amanda! She says:

“I love the flowers and spending so much more time outside!”

Thank you to everyone who left me a comment or became a new follower – you guys are awesome!

Hello lovelies! Today is the day for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway, and I’ve got something really cute this time around! Meet Rita the Bunny:

Lalylala Rita the rabbit blue yarn

Some of you may recognize Rita as being related to a few of my other recent finishes, and you’d be right – he’s the fourth Lalylala doll I’ve made so far! His hobbies include climbing…

Lalylala Rita the rabbit blue yarn back view

…hanging in the library…

Lalylala Rita the rabbit blue yarn hanging in library

…and gardening!

Lalylala Rita the rabbit blue yarn with plant

He’s made of completely washable and dryer safe yarn, with safety eyes and recycled stuffing, and he gives great hugs!

Lalylala Rita the rabbit blue yarn hugging

This time around I’m trying something new, so you’ll have two chances to win! For one entry, leave me a comment telling me what your favorite part of spring is (mine is flowers, especially magnolia blossoms!). And for a second chance, if you’re a follower, leave me another comment telling me how you follow (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or on a service like Blogger – or there’s an email sign up over there on the right!). I’ll pick the winner from a random number generator and the giveaway will be open until 6 PM P.S.T on Sunday, 4/10. I will ship internationally, so if you’re one of my overseas readers, go ahead and enter! If you are a no reply blogger, please make sure I have an email for you. Good luck and thanks for visiting!

Lalylala Rita the rabbit blue yarn with sail boat

Softies!

I’ve been in a softie making mood lately. After finishing the hexie quilt, I’ve been more in the mood for some instant gratification projects, and stuffed animals totally fit the bill. I also had a few gift giving occasions in May, and they make great presents.

For Mother’s Day this year, I made my mom a doggy doorstop:

Stuffed dachshund with alternating purple and blue and white fabric

The pattern is from Love Patchwork & Quiting magazine. It was fairly easy to make, although I might make the pattern pieces a bit bigger next time, as some of the smaller bits were hard to get right. I also think I might allow myself a half inch seam rather than a quarter inch; I ended up with a few holes that I had to hand sew closed.

The fabric is from Michael Miller (of course), and his tummy is filled with beans to make him heavy enough to hold a door open. It still turned out lighter than I was envisioning, but he’ll make an excellent paperweight too. There was much discussion about his eyes, but in the end I didn’t like any of the options I tried, so I left them off.

Stuffed dachshund with alternating purple and blue and white fabric

After the doggie, I made a bunny for a friend’s birthday. Meet Sid:

Stuffed bunny made from blue chambray and Tula Pink fabric

Sid is made from a pattern at the Purl Bee. The one on the blog is made from wool, but my version is made from some blue cotton that used to be a dress. The dress didn’t fit anymore, but I loved the fabric, and it was super soft. I did have to iron some lightweight interfacing to each piece; the cotton frayed easily and was slightly see through. The inside ear pieces are from the Tula Pink Acacia line – I had a bit left over from the hexie quilt and this print was one of my favorites. The nose I embroidered originally was way too big, so I redid it with a little triangle of light pink wool. If I were to make this for a kid, I’d likely make it from the wool like the original pattern, since this one would definitely not hold up to being played with (but is great for a grown up!).

Close up of stuffed bunny made from blue chambray and Tula Pink fabric

I highly recommend both patterns, and if you’re not buying Love Patchwork & Quilting or following the Purl Bee…you should be!