Ellie has been such a fun project and I learned heaps. I made some simple modifications and one of them is the use of different types of fabrics to what the pattern has called for. I used some minky, a thicker dress fabric and a piece of felt as the head gusset instead of fleece. This is simply because I hadn't found any nice fleece and had none in my stash, plus I also touched a piece of minky at the store and I melted... With the patterned face, I decided to use matching coloured felts for the eyes to give her a different expression.
This is the first time I sew with this minky material (picked up from my local Spotlight) and I am glad I tried on a test piece first. It's a little stretchy and thicker than quilting fabric which is not something I am used to so I had to make sure that it didn't move away from me! This is also my first time to use the 1/4 inch foot (OMG, I don't know why I waited this long!), I love how I didn't have to mark out the seam allowance!
I left an extra opening on the bottom of the body and inserted the head, stuffed and ears sewn on, through the neck (right side) with the body wrong side out. I then hand stitched it to the body along the raw edges. I did this because I thought I could position the head neater.
The tail is so cute and just by chance that one of the minky nobby dots is sitting in the centre of the tail! And since it is a present for my friend's little baby, I also hand stitched my little label.
I used the ladder stitch to close the bottom edge which I am happy with how it has turned out. My hand sewing skill can be hit and miss sometimes so I love how this minky fabric just hides the stitches, definitely a lot more forgiving than quilting fabric!
I thought she has turned out quite cute and soft and the different materials also give her the different textures. so hopefully she will become a little snuggly thing for her new owner.
Making this softie without booboos has made me so happy!! YAY! I have also signed up to do Abby's Craftsy workshop to make the Humpty Dumpty Doll which I can't wait to start soon.
I am just going to do a bit more trialling and erroring with my own patterns and see how things go... until next time, CRAFT ON!