Monday, 12 May 2014


Once upon a time (last week) a tiny and adorable auburnette (that's me) went for a walk to the market.

I stopped at the newsagent in the hope I'd see my favourite sewing magazines. And I was quite distressed when I couldn't find them.

On the other hand, I did find this. It is the 'Pro Guide to Sewing' by Alice Blackledge (2014)

Without any particular hopes, and already feeling blue that my favourites were not in stock, I had a quick look inside.

There was a bit of information on elastic casings, which made me shrug a bit because I'm not sure I'd call elastic casing a 'pro' technique....



...then I saw this!!!

Hello gorgeous!

I need to tell you that I have lots of things on my to do list. All of them dropped off the list for the day because I NEEDED to make this pig. I went and got some pink fabric and scurried home.

I went for a quilting weight cotton rather than a fleece. I'd like to try it in a fleece as well but liked the texture of the cotton.

The design was a bit complicated - the kind of complicated and shapely shapes I love. The arm is a raglan shape, which is inserted and then stuffed. Fab! And seriously, how cute are these ears?

The instructions are really good too - heaps of illustrations. Had I read them first, I wouldn't have had to unpick the arm and put it in a second time.

Here is Morris. I don't know why that's his name, but it clearly is.

He has an elasticated tail. You can tug on it, and it springs right back!

Aww! Isn't he adorable. I think making this pig was a much better use of my time than cleaning the house. Don't you agree?

I think I'm going to need to make three.


  1. Wow! You are really getting into this toy making!
    I love his 'expression' with the eyebrows.