Funky Friends Factory Plush Toys

Ollie the Laid Back Owl

These soft toys patterns are brilliant because the instructions are excellent and for those who are new to sewing they even include How to Sew Toys videos with fabulous hint and tips.

This pattern is really cute and can be made to suit any occasion using contrasting fabrics, different coloured eyes, beaks or fabric textures. For the two owls shown here I used flannelette, which took up three fat quarters. There was absolutely no pattern alterations and you can also secure the safety eyes with a small piece of cutaway behind them so they don’t pull off the flannelette.

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Baby Teethers & Bucket Hats

I recently made the BurdaStyle Pleated Baby Dress for a friend and loved the project so much I wanted to try a few more children’s clothing patterns. So my next sewing project included the BurdaStyle reversible bucket hat and the See Kate Sew Baby Teether.

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Bucket Hats

I tested out the reversible bucket hats with a few different combinations of lining and decided that one layer of iron-on interfacing gave the perfect stiffness. If you don’t include some sort of interfacing it becomes too floppy to wear. Especially because you can flip the front flap up to reveal the different colour fabric underneath.

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BurdaStyle Pleated Baby Dress

I’ve recently created this adorable BurdaStyle Pleated Baby Dress by BurdaStyle for a friend who just found out they’re having a baby girl. I created the two different matching fabric’s on Spoon Flower, which you can purchase on my online Sixteen Stitches Spoon Flower shop.

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The pattern came with a few different alternatives such as cap sleeves, full sleeves and even a different back. I decided to try both sleeve versions making one dress longer than the other.

From the time it took me to cut the paper pattern, sew it up and then hand-stitch the edging it was a total of 2.5 hours for both dresses. I used snaps for the buttons since they’re not only easy to install on your garments, they’re also perfect for children and babies. Overall it’s the perfect little baby dress and the design itself it just so cute!

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Baby Sleeping Bags

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3089
Description: The Baby sleep sacks have a zipper front, a ribbing neckband, a tab with a snap to cover the zipper pull.  The View A sleeveless sack has armholes finished with narrow hems.  View B has raglan sleeves with mitts.
Fabric used: Inside Flannelette 100% Cotton and Cotton Jersey

I’m in a four way conversation with my three best friends and you can just imagine the daily gossip that goes one between us. Since all three have young children there are times that I get to find what it means to be a new mother. There are few moments I’d like to add “sensor please” or “guys give me a warning!” because they can get quite graphical and rather hilarious. My friend Erica, who has a beautiful six month baby girl was asking where she can find baby sleeping bags since her daughter Sophia has not only grown a size but needs something warmer for the winter months.

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