I went to a baby shower a while ago for a friend who loves to make things. Not everyone appreciates a little handmade goodness, but others who like to make things usually do. So I went ahead and jumped into as-yet-uncharted territory for me, and made a "softie," as such things are apparently called in this world of crafty blogs. I had seen the beginnings of my friend's nursery design, and knew there were a lot of woodland creatures and lots of green, so I hunted for an easy pattern online and searched my stash for some fun fabrics and came up with this sweet owl. Found the pattern on Emily Ashby's blog here. Nope, I don't know Emily…but she's got a bunch of fun projects on her blog…both freebies and some patterns for purchase…go check her out!
And I liked it so much that I then had to make one for my girl. Who says an owl can't be zebra-striped?
And then, just to challenge myself a bit more, I decided my niece needed an elephant for her birthday. Found a pattern in one of the issues of Stitch magazine. Yeah, I think the elephant is a bit weird, too. It looked much cuter in the magazine!