Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Another Softie for Christchurch

Something that I have been wanting to try for a while is appliqué. When I set myself the challenge (number 22) to learn to do it, I imagined that my first project would be a bag or a t-shirt.... But then I came across this tutorial to make an applique owl softie.

Well, it got me thinking immediately! What a great way to combine the completion of another challenge with the creation another Softie for Christchurch! Of course, as with other projects, I couldn't just follow the tutorial (where would be the fun in that?)

This is what I came up with:

the front
the back
I would be ridiculously proud of it if it wasn't for one thing... I got so carried away when I was laying everything out, cutting, ironing and sewing that it wasn't until I was almost finished that I realised that the yellow base material is back-to-front (and there was me wondering why the yellow colour was so subtle!!!) OOPS!

Critical as ever, I would say that the stitching round the eyes could be a bit better, but in general I think this is a pretty good first effort. I may have to make at least one more of these with the fabric the right way out!!!

***Note to anyone else wanting to try applique work- start with squares or simple shapes not curves and circles!***


  1. I Looove your Owl! I also love how you took my Owl design and made it your own! Thanks for the plug. I'm off to explore your blog now.
    Hugs Paula From Sew little fabric.
    Ps. Have you got a blanket stitch on your machine? it makes machine applique much easier :)

  2. How cute is that, love it!


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