Tiny softies in a jar? I can hear you saying…really? Well, I always love the look of cookies or dried fruits or sweets in a jar…there’s a whole shelf at the back of my kitchen with a colourful line of such jars…which made me think “Well, why not a jar of softies?”…of course, I knew all along that the softies might make not like being squished into a jar and they might make a fuss…and that it might be a bit of a business getting them to play along…but, I thought I’d give it a shot and here’s how it worked out:
In the end, I think they enjoyed the game…even though they wouldn’t stay put for long…perhaps you’ll have better luck…here’s how to make some of your own teeny tiny softies so you can see if they’re better behaved.
WHAT YOU NEED
15cm X 10cm yellow felt
10cm X 8cm orange felt
Scrap of white felt for eyes, nose and mouth
WHAT TO DO
Download and use the templates to cut out the front of your mini softie from the orange felt and the back from the yellow felt.
Pin the front and back of the softie together and sew around the body leaving a 3cm gap for stuffing. Running stitch tutorial here.
Push a small amount of polyester fibrefill into the top half of his body.
Fill the bottom half of the softie’s body with rice grains. If you prefer, you can use an inorganic granulated weighting material.
Sew the gap closed. Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth from the white felt and glue them into place. If you want to sew on the facial features, it’s best to do this before you sew the front and back of the softie together. An eye can be very simply sewn into place by using a french knot for the pupil. In the glued version, I’ve made the pupils with a 2B pencil.
A SIMPLE WAY TO PLAY CREATIVELY WITH THIS DESIGN
The little fellow in the middle shows how the facial features can look if you want to sew them on…the other two fellows show how easily you can vary the basic design of the softie from my above tutorial. I decided to alter the shape of the ears because the ears of these softies are relatively big and noticeable…and I’ve given them odd colour patterns…I was thinking of how dogs and other animals often have oddly distributed spots…of course, you can keep things symmetrical and balanced but I like the way the oddness adds to their individuality…and it’s really easy to make your softie so that you can do this:
First, print out the templates.
Next, take the gourd-shaped limbless template used for the front of the softie and let your kids draw ears, arms and legs onto this in whatever shapes their imaginations come up with. Cut out their drawing and use it as the template for both the back and front of the softie’s body. Remember to chose different colours for the front and back of the body and make the softie just like the softie in the tutorial above. When you finish sewing and stuffing your softie you can create different colour patterns just by cutting off the top layer of felt on the ears, arms and legs.
Making really little softies was something I just wanted to do…but if your kids are still very young I’d suggest making the template for these little fellows a fair bit larger as this will make it much easier for them to sew… and don’t forget Zenkidu, an easy and fun softie kids will love to make too.
Happy Sew a Softie Month, Trixi