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Winner is: Anastasia –> email me @ kim (@) mommyknows (dot) com.

I forgot to pick the ‘have a coffee on me’ winners for the last few posts.

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stuffie without a body
I’m making a ‘softie’ (my kids call them stuffies) from my recycled (or is that upcycled?) wool sweaters. I’m sort of stumped. I can’t decide how to make the body (I’m just making it up as I go along) AND whether make it in the same wool/cashmere as the head and limbs or use a different color, so it looks sort of like clothing. I might have to go searching for more sweaters, all of the colors I have just don’t look quite right. I pretty much have to stick with felt as it doesn’t fray and I don’t have a machine. Any ideas –> links please.

making a stuffie
The BIG red nose … hmmm … might change that too.

I’ve also decided that I need a sewing machine. That will mean that I will also need lessons. Sewing everything by hand is a bit much. My stitches are not neat enough and it looks kind of tacky.

OMGAWD I’m a tacky crafter. Someone rescue me!

Be back when he/she is finished.

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26 comments… add one

  • Michelle October 20, 2008, 10:41 pm

    I *love* the big red nose, and I think hand stitching is the best! But as for speed, you’re right. Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have a machine. I think your softie is coming along great, and I agree with you on picking a different color for the body unless you’re planning on making it some clothing. Nice job so far, really!

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  • Nikkapotamus October 21, 2008, 5:58 am

    Those are seriously CUTE! I made a stuffy for my daughter, and she totally ignored it. So I made another one, and called it mine. Guess which one she totally adores? Yup. So from now on, everything I make shall be “MINE” until it becomes HERS.
    I’m such a devious Mama

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  • kitti October 21, 2008, 7:53 am

    aww how cute!! here’s some links to some ETSY shops, who sell hand made felt dolls, maybe you’ll get some ideas…

    good luck ;>

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  • Emily B October 21, 2008, 8:35 am

    My mum made me a bunny with a ‘fur’ head and limbs and a cotton patterned body when I was a baby and it was my absolute favourite toy for years. So I vote for a different fabric body just out of nostalgia!

    Sometimes you can find perfectly good machines secondhand or even free… If your community has something like Freecycle ( it is worth signing up for your local chapter as many people would rather pass something on than throw it out, and you can post requests as well if you are looking for something specific.
    They’re pretty easy to use though, I bet with a little experimentation you could get the hang of it without lessons. Even better if it comes with a manual since the manuals are usually very good. If you get a secondhand one that doesn’t have a manual, many companies have them available for order ( for example).

    Or maybe you’re not a big cheapskate, sorry, *frugal*, like me and are willing to part with the $150 or so for a basic machine :)

    Either way having a machine is great and really opens up the possibilities for sewing!

    ps – don’t enter me in the contest, since I was lucky enough to win one already, I just wanted to comment!

  • Anastasia October 21, 2008, 10:04 am

    this is so cute. :)

  • Deanne S. October 21, 2008, 2:15 pm

    We do have a “freecycle” here in Sherwood Park, I often use it to get rid of stuff we don’t need, it’s great! I too would add a different colour body, have any funky old sweaters? Maybe there are some at County Clothesline! Can’t wait to see the finished product. (He kinda looks like he should be wearing jean overalls, looks like a country bumkin!)

  • A Busy Mommy October 21, 2008, 3:06 pm

    I vote for overalls!!! I think that would be too cute.

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  • Hillary Martin October 21, 2008, 3:23 pm

    Nice site, very clean, lots of content and loved having a look.

  • Meg October 21, 2008, 5:07 pm

    I like the big red nose….he just needs a plump big red belly to go along with it-

  • Bonnie October 21, 2008, 6:58 pm

    I like the red nose!

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  • Jaime S October 21, 2008, 10:21 pm

    Holy moly you sure have turned into crafty mum! WTG Kim!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your story today. I hope that you can still follow your dream! Where there’s a will there has to be a way. Perhaps in the future there will be a huge breakthrough on treatment options.

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  • Jaime S October 21, 2008, 10:28 pm

    Blogged your contest here:

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  • Noreen October 21, 2008, 10:55 pm

    I think it would be cute if you used the red for a body and the gray for a skirt (the ones on the face)

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  • Tenille October 22, 2008, 6:25 am

    Yay for being crafty AND recycling! Felt dolls are really ‘in’ this year I learned.

  • Tenille October 22, 2008, 6:29 am

    I commented on my blog (new to all this so I don’t have pretty hyperlinks yet)

  • Tenille October 22, 2008, 9:55 am

    Whoops, I changed the name of my blog so it changed the link. Duh, sorry about that!

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  • Susy-Q October 22, 2008, 10:26 am

    I think it’s such a neat way to recycle wool sweaters. I don’t know what I’d do without my sewing machines and you will probably feel the same way once you get one. To be honest though, I think the hand stitching on the face is perfect! It gives it a nice style and it certainly would not be something easy to do with a sewing machine.

  • Eileen October 22, 2008, 5:13 pm

    …And I thought I was crafty doing leaf rubbings with my two year old today. Sheesh! That AND the mittens are so dang cute!

    By the way, non-crafty me seconds the overalls idea for what it’s worth.

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  • Michelle October 22, 2008, 6:01 pm

    I think a striped sweater for the body would look very cool. I love your ideas! You make the coolest things (wish you were my mom!)

  • Cindi October 22, 2008, 6:09 pm

    You are so crafty. I am not! I love handmade crafts. I think corduroy patches on the fabric would make a cute body. Thanks, Cindi

  • Charlotte Real Estate October 23, 2008, 3:23 pm

    I really like the red nose. Thanks a lot for the great share.

  • Roger Hamilton October 27, 2008, 7:01 am

    Wow it looks so cute. I bet your kids will like it. Thanks for sharing !

  • Misa October 28, 2008, 12:12 am

    I love the eyes.. So cute..

  • exotic home decor October 30, 2008, 6:58 am

    I love your creativeness. Don’t change the red nose. It looks cute. Can’t wait to see the finish product.

  • anastasia October 30, 2008, 10:49 am
  • anastasia November 7, 2008, 6:53 am

    received my win yesterday

    thank you very much

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