I did a bit of unselfish sewing this last week. My nephew had his 2nd birthday and I gained a new niece (about a month ago). Different families, however, both families are into tractors. One family being rednecks (lol); the other family are actually farmers.
I set out to make the nephew farmer a cow plushie out of Farmall fabric. And the niece a dress from the leftovers.
I scoured the web for an appropriate cow plushie pattern. Being from Wisconsin, we know cows. Seeing as he is a little farmer, he would definitely know cows. I wanted a cute, fat cow that looked realistic. I found many weird skinny cows and clownish smiley cows but only one that fit what I wanted. (Technically this is a bull, not a cow)
This pattern was written well with many pictures. There was only one spot where I scratched my head and wished for a clear picture. It took me almost 4 hours to sew this guy up. I forgot how many small corners and items are involved with plushies!
Fabric: 1/2 yard Farmall fabric from fabric.com $4.60 and 1/2 yard black anti-pill fleece from Wal-Mart $1.49. The pattern cost $8.50 – I picked it up from the Rumpled Quilt Skins website. (note: For some reason the pattern wasn’t sent to me via email so the next morning I emailed her and she responded immediately with the pattern). Total for the cow: $14.59
Thoughts: I think he turned out great. I took care in hand sewing the belly shut after stuffing him. I despise hand sewing but this ladder stitch was perfect! I do hope he enjoys the cow. I would recommend any of her patterns on the site. I may try my hand at a few more as Mr. T thought the cow was “so cool” but prefers pigs (it’s a Minecraft thing).
Next up was the dress. I traced out an Ottobre dress but decided not to sew it up as it had more steps and I wanted something fast and simple. Someone was talking about the Geranium dress on a Facebook group and I thought it would be perfect. Since I was using the 0-3 month size it was free (even better!). This pattern is from Rae of Made by Rae.
I printed it off and cut out the pieces with ease. There are only 2 pieces included in the pattern (the front and back bodice) and the measurements are given for a rectangle for the skirt part.
The instructions are excellent for a free pattern and includes photos of the steps. The one part I disagreed with was that no interfacing was recommended for where the buttons/snaps would be. To me this is essential. Anyway, I sewed this dress up in no time.
The bodice is lined and there are no seams to be scratchy by babies stomach. I used red snaps per Miss K’s request. I mailed it out right away before little Miss E could outgrow it!
Fabric: 1/2 yard Farmall fabric from fabric.com $4.60. I sure wish I sewed when my kids were little. These things take such small amounts of fabric and so little time!
look, so small!