This contributor post is written by Susi of Lilla Luise.
Hello dearest readers!
This is Susi from Lilla Luise again! Today I have something slightly different from what you are used to when it´s my turn to blog here. This isn’t a tutorial that will give you a specific template but rather a guide to talk you through making a softie from your kid´s drawing. It is probably the one tutorial that is as close to my heart as it could be – it will melt your heart too when you see the glow of excitement in your kid´s face when they realize that you animated one of their drawings.
Speaking from experience, let me tell you the most important part of this process – don´t try to make your kid´s drawing perfect in your eyes. To them it is already perfect just as they doodled it, if there is a wonky body this is exactly how they want it to be. We are grown up and sometimes forget to see the magical touch in imperfection. So let´s just abandon our perfect sewing theories for a little while and create something truly enchanting, okay?!!
Some tips on how to work your magic and turn your little one´s doodle into a softie.
Keep the shape as simple as your child has drawn it. If it is wonky don’t try to straighten it out…your little artist apparently wanted it to be wonky…that´s the beauty about kids, they see the magic in things that aren’t perfectly well-balanced and designed, so as an adult try to get a bit of that magic back by forgetting about perfect round circles and straight lines for a moment – it´s worth it, believe me 🙂 I usually try to trace the shape exactly as it is and then add 1/4 inch seam allowance to my template. Dont forget to clip curves and corners to make sure it will finish nicely.
Try to stick as close to the doodle as you can.
If the eyes are dots only I like to embroider them with a simple French knot for each eye. If they happen to be larger you can appliqué them with wool felt in matching colors.
If the mouth/nose is drawn like a thin line already I like to use my sewing machine to carefully stitch it on, if it is a thicker line I would recommend to embroider it with a running stitch.
If the arms and legs are drawn like sticks I think it´s a really cute option to use baker´s twine. Simply tie a knot or two on one end and then sandwich it in between the softie front and back.
For thicker arms you could either go the “normal” way and sew a front and back piece of fabric together, turn it and stuff it or you could use some bias tape and tie a knot in again to represent the hand/foot.
Baker´s twine or bias tape would also work very well for a tail.
I tend to sew over the arms and legs on the seam allowance several times before I turn the softie right side out as it will certainly be well-loved by your little one and we don’t want the arms/legs to rip out easily!
Everything goes, really…baker´s twine, embroidery floss, yarn, wool felt, fur, fabric scraps.
I hope these tips are helpful to create the most perfect imperfect softie in the world!!!