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My First Felt Plushie!

As the title says… yesterday I made my first felt plushie!

Plushie’s are something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make but never felt I could. I’ve always hated sewing, and sewing has always hated me. I’ve tried a few times but have given up fairly quickly due to the impossibility of it all.

However, recently I’ve been addicted to scrolling through Plushies on Google, Instagram, Pinterest, and pretty much all kinds of social media seeing what incredible crafters have made. It seems so hard with all the different shapes and pieces that need to be sewn together to make them 3D. I always have a tendency to jump too far ahead of myself. This time I started off with the basics, buying some felt, thread and a little sewing needle.

I’m pretty proud of this being a first attempt…

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I love it! I originally tried to get the sewing machine to work because, like I said, I hate sewing. Nevertheless I’m clearly not good at setting up machinery either. I managed to get it working for five seconds and then it just stopped. So I had to hand stitch, and I think it went quite well! I made sure to use lots of small stitches close together and it seemed to work. As a beginner to sewing and felt plushies, this is a very basic design, but already I’m feeling so inspired to make more and develop on this design.

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This little creature has given me a lot to think about. Surprisingly this has made my idea of what I want to do in the future seem a lot clearer too. I love crafts and creating things. I want to make a difference, and I have so many ideas on how to make a difference with my creations. I still have a lot to improve upon. As you’ve seen by my recent creations I’m still having trouble with embroidery and getting my thoughts down onto yarn, and now onto felt. There’s so many designs in my head and now I’m finding a new medium to try new ideas and see what works best.

Downside is my wrists are killing me! This surely isn’t good. Crochet and needle work isn’t good for the wrists and fingers, especially with repeated use. Maybe I should be focusing on one at a time, but with the amount of ideas in my head it is so frustrating not being able to have the time to make them. I have a whiteboard full of crochet ideas, the last time I checked there were about thirty future projects I need to make! Some I have absolutely no idea how to make them. As an inpatient girl in her mid-twenties it’s so annoying when you feel like time is running out to make something of yourself.

Calm down… It will be okay. One step at a time, right? So back to being happy and proud of my first plushie attempt. May there be more in the future, and with more of a message to send across 🙂

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Keep Going Bear

Adding to the mental health theme, I wanted a bear that gave hope and love to others. This particular project is proving challenging. Is it better to embroider the words straight onto the wool? Is it better to embroider onto felt and then attach this to the body?

There’s been a lot of ideas but I’m still attempting different styles. For now though, this simple little bear is enough. He’s small enough not to take up too much room, but he’s big enough to make a difference.

Sometimes life is hard and we just need to know that it will get better, and that we need to keep going. A bear isn’t going to change that, I know, but maybe it will make a bad situation slightly more bearable. Even the slightest difference can mean a lot.

This little bear is available in my shop. Etsy.com/shop/CrochetWithPride

If you have any thoughts or ideas I would love to hear them!

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Note Pouch Ami’s

This year I’ve really been thinking about development and making things. Any things! Whether it’s writing my novel (which sadly I think will be put on hold with all my current crochet ideas), clay making (a lot more challenging than I expected), making felt plushies (why is sewing so hard?!) or crochet. I was to make something original and worthwhile.

I’ve been thinking a lot about mental health recently. Sometimes people tend to go through touch times and being open and talking about it can be tough. That’s one of the ways I started thinking about these Note Pouch Dolls. What better way to have a message from a loved one when it’s being protected by a cute little creature. The message is in their pouch, safe and close to their heart, and the recipient will be able to read the message as many times as they want. It will always be there.

So this led to the creation of Note Pouch Ami’s. Obviously these aren’t just for the tough times. They can also be used to pass messages along through friends, couples, family, colleagues, anyone!

The gang invloves a bear, cat and dog wearing cute and cosy jumpers.

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Just one of the many examples of notes you can send to that particular someone. Don’t worry, this message won’t leave their pouch! Each ami is fiercely loyal and protective. Faithful too 🙂

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The side of the Cat Pouch Ami. The tail actually does an excellent job of holding him up: IMG_0535

These ideas have only given me more ideas to tackle. There is one particular project which appeared in my mind alongside these little creatures, but that idea is seemingly harder to create. It’s… wait, it’s February now. Okay, so it’s still early on in the year. A lot of months to keep on working on my projects 🙂

One last thing…

I have also created a Pattern for this. My first published pattern! I’m very happy and excited to finally have a pattern in my store. My shop is Etsy.com/shop/CrochetWithPride

 

Do you like them? Any advice or things you would like to see? I’d love feedback!