bunny lovey

October 22nd, 2014

handmade bunny lovey // elsie marley

You know how yesterday I made a baby outfit inspired by this page from I Can Fly? Well, after staring at that page for so long, I had to make a bunny too!

I Can Fly! // elsie marley

I know it’s kid’s clothes week and I should be making clothes, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve been itching to make some soft toys recently (I’ve got more cut out!). Inspired by these handmade toys, I made my own bunny lovey.

handmade bunny lovey // elsie marley

The main fabric is nani iro double gauze that I bought a long time ago. I ordered it online and I thought the background was white, then when I got it the creaminess of it put me off. I do love the print though and it works perfectly for this.

handmade bunny lovey // elsie marley

The toy is basically a napkin with arms and legs. No really. Actually it would be easier to use a napkin because they come pre-hemmed. This type of lovely is not super difficult to make, though there is quite a bit of hand sewing involved. I used Abby’s book Stuffed Animals: from Concept to Construction (affiliate link) to draft the pattern for the bunny head. The rest I just made up as I went along. You can see the legs are just unstuffed bits of fabric. All the knots will be extra gnawable for a teething baby.

handmade bunny lovey // elsie marley

I’m not super keen on how the face turned out. Though I am excited I learned how to start embroidering knot-less, thanks to Hillary’s book Wee Wonderfuls (affiliate link). So basically this bunny was born from blogs that became books (say that 5 times fast).

I do like how I messed up on the ears. I sewed them on facing opposite ways and it makes the ears more expressive somehow. Does that make sense? It’s a little weird sewing something with a face. Your stitches really make it come alive, as silly as that sounds.

handmade bunny lovey // elsie marley

Now this little bunny is off to a new baby, who will make it come alive with her love–as silly as that sounds, but that’s how the velveteen rabbit did it, right?

kcw fall 2014: storybook

October 21st, 2014

I Can Fly! // elsie marley

The theme for this season’s KCW is STORYBOOK. I have a lot of favorite kids’ books, but this one is my favorite favorite. It’s fun to read, which is a must when it comes to kid’s books. I hate slogging through poorly written bleh books (I’m looking at you Berenstain Bears). But I Can Fly is wonderfully written, which is not a big surprise seeing that it’s by the great children’s book author, Ruth Krauss. She’s written some fantastic books. A Hole is to Dig is really good too: random and perfectly kid.

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Hello! Sorry I haven’t been updating the old elsie marley, but I’ve been working on the new season of Kid’s Clothes Week! There is so much good stuff going on over there! This season’s theme is STORYBOOK (good, right?!). Our amazing contributors have been hard at work coming up with clever ways you can use that theme.

sewing kid's clothes inspired by kid's books!  // KCW

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creative assignment due: twofer

September 24th, 2014

Last week I gave you guys an assignment, a creative assignment. First, you gave me a list of words. Then I paired them up randomly and gave them back to you. From those two words you were to make something, anything! And you made all kinds of awesome things! There are actually too many to show here, so I thought I’d feature them on the elsie marley facebook page throughout the week. But I can’t not show you a few of my favorites:

creative assignment on elsie marley

Erin is an artist who make fantastic plush dolls. She sells her creations in her shop, Boolah Baguette. She made this alligator sailor for the creative assignment and I totally fell for him: stripy tank, jaunty hat, how could you not love him?!

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twofer: squid + printer

September 18th, 2014

creative assignment: squid + printer

I sent out all the creative assignments earlier this week.  I took all the words you gave me, numbered them, and then had a random number generator spit out pairs. Some of the pairs were super random! Check these suckers out: 

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