Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tutorial: Lovey Buddy

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Kim, from Poppy Seed Fabrics, sent me some BEAUTIFUL and SOFT Frosted Minky in Camel a while back. I told you how much I loved this material in THIS post. This material is seriously incredible.

I thought it would be fun to make a little puppy dog for Jace from it since he instantly fell in love with it (his way of showing love is by stuffing it in his mouth). I looked around online for some stuffed dog tutorials/patterns, but didn’t find any I loved, and kind of hit a creative wall for making my own (after all, I didn’t want to waste any of this precious fabric). But then, today, I was looking at a pillow that I just wasn’t in love with and thought it might be fun to somehow utilize a pillow. And so I came up with a Lovey Buddy for Jace.

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Materials:
-Frosted Minky (she carries it in coral and ivory as well!)
-Pillow Form
-Enough stuffing to fill the head
-Three buttons
-Thread, sewing machine, etc.

Kim sent me a yard of the minky, and I think I might have just barely used a quarter of it, so I have plenty left for future projects!

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I started by drawing rounded corners on the top corners of the pillow form with a Sharpie.

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Then pushed the stuffing further into the pillow so the corner didn’t have any in it. I then pinned off the corners and sewed them with my machine and cut off the excess fabric.

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It was ok if the corners didn’t match exactly because they wouldn’t be visible when the project was finished.

I folded the minky and put the middle of the pillow on the fold, and cut around the pillow and cut around it (remember to leave yourself room for seam allowances).

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I then used that piece to cut a matching one for the back, two rounds for the head and pieces for the ears.

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Warning: this material sheds a lot. But that’s ok, because once it’s all sewn and the raw edges are hidden or finished off, it won’t shed anymore. The shedding just comes from the raw edges.

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I then sewed two large buttons and one small button on for the eyes and nose. Jace wanted to help with this part of the process.

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I cut the ears so I just had to fold them in half and sew around the bottom and one size. Leave the top (where it attaches to the head) open so you can turn it right side out.

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I then pinned the head to the body where the neck would be and then attached one head piece to one body piece, and did the same with the other head and body pieces.

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You can see that my seam was about 4-5 inches long.

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I laid the front of the animal right side up and put the ears where I wanted them so the raw/open edges were lined up with the raw edge of the head.

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Then put the other body piece on it, so the right sides were together and pinned around the whole thing, leaving an opening at the bottom.

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Sewed the two together with a 5/8” seam allowance. (Kim has some tips for sewing with plush fabrics here). Make sure that when you sew around the outside, you stitch up to your seam where you sewed the head to the body, so you won’t have a hole there.

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Now your buddy is ready to be stuffed! I stuffed the head with some extra stuffing I had around, and left the ears unstuffed so they would be floppy. Then I just pushed the pillow into the body and stitched up the opening. The beauty of minky like this is you don’t have to worry about how your stitches look since the “fur” hides it.

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I originally meant it to be a dog, but it kind of looks like a bunny too. He’s kind of like a pillow pet, but has some vintage throw back, don’t you think?

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I do think he has a super sweet face. A gingham bow around the neck was the perfect finishing touch.

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Jace’s favorite part is the buttons on his face.

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He does like laying his head on this Lovey Buddy, but didn’t appreciate me forcing him to do so for pictures. (He’s already entered the terrible twos at 15 months and is very good at throwing emotional fits for Mommy.)

Want to make one yourself? Be sure and stop by Poppy Seed Fabrics to order some of this amazing Minky! Also, according to her Facebook page, she has some GREAT giveaways coming up in June, so be sure and follow Kim to get the latest details!

***UPDATED DISCLAIMER: Be careful with the buttons as they are choking hazards. Because of this, I don't let my son have this in his bed or when I'm not supervising him.***

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***While this material was provided to me by Poppy Seed Fabrics, the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.***

11 comments:

  1. love it, it is so adorable. looks great, thanks for sharing the awesome post!

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  2. This is so cute! I'd make a Lovey Buddy for my grandsons... but they're beyond that stage. Maybe when I get another one! :)

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  3. Ha ha! I love your lovey buddy! It's even better than a pillow pet!

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  4. Super cute! I have a son who is 15 months too! I totally can relate with you :)

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  5. Now that looks soft and cozy!! Love it!! Jace will sure to enjoy many naps on that sweet doggy!

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  6. I don't mean to be a wet blanket but please be careful using buttons when making anything for children because they can become a choking hazard. I tell you what, the fabric looks sooooooo soft like that fabric softener bear.

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  7. This is so cute, and would be such a great baby gift! Visiting from TT&J. We're neighbors!!

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  8. Love your blog!! I am definitely going to be your new follower :) I would love it if you followed me to @ for-the-luv-of.blogspot.com that would be great :) I am just starting out, but I am excited to share new recipes, crafts, and makeup.. And Giving away giveaways on mineral make-up!

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  9. Jill - the Lovey Buddy is adorable. That fabric looks so cuddly. Great job! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Monday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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