Once there was a mouse, a mouse unlike any other. He was the baby in his family, but bigger than them all by far. His name was Tiny.
Tiny, whose parents had an ironic sense of humor, always felt like he didn’t belong. His feet were the size of ten of his siblings, and he was so big he had to sleep on the roof. Although he didn’t fit in, he was an optimist and knew that one day he would find just the right friend and his size wouldn’t matter.
Tiny loved to go for walks, particularly in morning light. One day on just such a walk, Tiny heard someone say a gentle hello… and that was the beginning of a great friendship that would last many years.
It is Day 1 of Kerry Goulder’s Sewing Tales Book Blog Hop, and I am so delighted to have the chance to participate! “Tiny” is an enlarged version of the wonderful mouse pattern found in Kerry’s book, Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love. Sewing Tales is a gorgeous book, filled with well thought-out patterns, fun introductory stories to set the scene for making each project, and lush photography. The book starts with detailed instructions for stuffy making basics, followed by easy to read directions for each project, and ends with a perfect pattern for each project. I loved so many of the projects in this book and have several others on my to-do list (the house quilt, pillow, and Dolly Moses bed are on my sewing table now), but I knew the mouse pattern was the one to start with. (I decided to enlarge the pattern only because my little guy likes to be able to carry a stuffy around in the crook of his elbow; I have regular sized mice in the works for his Christmas stocking, and they will be perfect for play on his treehouse.)
If you are new to stuffy making, I would suggest beginning with this project. The clear step-by-step directions are accompanied by photos and a spot-on pattern (this last point sounds like a given, but I have gone to put someone else’s pattern together before and had things not line up right; that isn’t the case with Kerry’s patterns). Once you are done making your mouse, the construction techniques you’ve learned will be invaluable for any other stuffies you want to create (or just make a plethora of mice)!
The fabric I used is one of my favorite linens in charcoal grey, combined with a lovely pattern from Heather Bailey’s new Lottie Da fabric collection. I love this line’s nostalgic feel. (I added a grey linen heart on the bum. It’s not part of the pattern but is something I do with every stuffy I make.)
To stuff Tiny, I used Fairfield’s Supreme Fiberfill. This stuff is wonderful! It is super soft and lets you pack your stuffy as plump or squishy as you want, without lumps or rough spots. I also really loved the Bosal Create-a-pattern for cutting out my pattern pieces. It is a nonfray interfacing like material. You just put your pattern piece underneath and trace the pieces. Then cut each one out and go to town! I love how well it pins to fabric without being stiff like paper and how reusable the pieces are.
Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter to win two fat quarters of a reproduction print (seemed perfect for a story telling sewing project), a seam ripper, and doll needles (the last two are courtesy of Dritz)!
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UPDATE: Thank you to all who entered! The randomly selected winner is Susan C. S. I sent you an email, Susan, so just reply back and I will get your goodies out to you.
Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the book tour and see what they had to say about the book! Plus, Kerry is doing fun stuff every day this week on her blog, Kid Giddy.
Today’s other bloggers are:
A huge thank you to Kerry for inviting me and to the amazing sponsors: Dritz, Fiskars, Fairfield, Bosal Foam, Free Spirit, and fw media. (I was provided with goodies by the sponsors, but all opinions are my own. I’m not bought that easily.)