The clothing sewing patterns for my stuffed animal dolls are now available to download and print! Hooray! Now you can make little overalls, pants, coats and dresses designed to perfectly fit your Willowynn animal dolls.
These little clothes are simple to sew and are the perfect project to use your special scraps of fabric. I particularly like using remnants of old woollen pants or skirts for the little coats and old denim or corduroy for the overalls (dungarees) and pants. And little squares of cotton print fabric are perfect for the dresses.
The coats (or jackets) can be made with a hood or a collar and can even be made reversible. There are three different dress styles to make - gathered, A-line and an apron style (also reversible). My boys now have a whole wardrobe of clothes for their stuffed animals which, they discovered, fit some of their smaller non-Willowynn toys.
I'm really happy with the way these have turned out and I hope you like them. Let me know what you think. How is the fit? What did you make?
I've been busy designing some little clothing pieces for my Willowynn stuffed animal dolls. So far I've made a jacket (with or without hood), overalls, pants and some little dresses.
I hope to have the sewing patterns / templates for these clothes available for you to download and print in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to see the clothes you make for your Willowynn stuffed animal dolls!
An alternative (or an addition) to the chocolate eggs for Easter... and a little present that can be handmade by you. My bunny and bear soft toy sewing pattern is available to download via my online shop. Plenty of time to sew this before Easter!
This little bunny rabbit softie would be an adorable companion for a baby or small child. Designed to be endlessly carried around and looks so sweet nestled in amongst a child's pillows. I think this is the perfect project to upcycled that piece of fabric you’ve been saving for something special, like an old baby blanket or soft flannelette sheet.
To make the bunnies you see here, I used an old woollen blanket and soft pieces of grey and pink flannelette from baby bed sheets.
These embroidered star, tree and round ornaments are easy to sew, make great presents and look lovely on a Christmas tree. I've put together some simple instructions and free downloadable templates, to help you make these at home. You can read the instructions below, and download the templates here, which are ready to print.
I hope you enjoy making these. You'll find more Willowynn sewing patterns available to download here.
Embroidered Christmas ornaments
You will need:
Sewing machine (recommended but optional – these can be hand-sewn if preferred)
Small pieces of medium weight fabric. Avoid very heavy or stretchy fabric.
Regular sewing thread
Toy stuffing - wool is ideal
Small amount of embroidery floss in various colours
Templates printed and cut out.
Sewing needle and embroidery needle
Disappearing fabric marker, tailors’ chalk or a soft lead pencil
knitting needle or chop stick (for turning out shapes and stuffing).
Hints and tips before you start:
These little ornaments are the perfect canvas for embroidery designs. The options for embellishing your shapes really are only limited by your imagination. The simple embroidery designs that I like to use are described below, and are also available to download as templates here.
I embroider these shapes after they have been stuffed, to follow the shape and curves of the ornament with my stitches. However, embroidering your fabric stretched on an embroidery hoop prior to sewing is also an option.
Well it's taken me a lot longer than I anticipated but my platypus sewing pattern is now available for you to download.
I've really loved creating this unusual Australian animal soft toy and I hope you enjoy sewing it. It's a fairly simple tutorial, full of step by step photos, which includes machine sewing and some hand sewing. Great for advanced beginner sewers wanting to tackle a slightly more complicated soft toy project that includes darts, gussets (and some soft sculpture techniques for making the webbed feet). You can download the pattern via my website or my Etsy store.
June has been a very busy month for me. I've been working on some new designs, new sewing patterns and creatures. These three (above) will be available in my online store from 10am (Sydney time) Monday 26th June.
My fox is made from an old (and very vibrant) orange woollen blanket. The other guy is kind of a wombat/bear blend... also made from an old woollen blanket. I'm actually not sure what he is but I like him. I'll just call him a wombat. And then there is a platypus. There's more about him in my last blog post... what a journey. I hope you like them!
I've spent ages trying to perfect my platypus soft toy so that I can offer a sewing pattern with instructions on how to make one. The body is pretty straight forward but the feet and bill have really challenged me. I think I've finally figured it out now and I'm really happy with the way it's turned out, so I should have the pattern ready for you to download very soon. I hope you like it. *Pattern can be purchased here.
My son needed a platypus (and this photo of me making it) for something at school. It took me several prototypes to get the shape you see here and there are still things I'd change... but I'm thinking of maybe offering it as a sewing pattern. Would you make a platypus? They're pretty fantastic creatures.
Would you like to make these little hanging fabric ornaments? I've put together a sewing pattern for them which is available here. These ornaments make great little presents, and not just for Christmas trees... enjoy!
...and my fox and wolf toy sewing pattern is also now available to download. Phew... these ones took me ages. Thanks for waiting so nicely.
So it turns out the fox soft toy sewing pattern I'm working on also makes a little wolf stuffed toy. My fox and wolf PDF sewing pattern will be ready for you to download via my online store early November 2016, along with a pattern for my fabric hanging ornaments.
I've been working on a new design for a little fox softie using the basic shape of my bunny and bear dolls. This is what I have so far...
His face is longer and more pointy, he has a tail and I've given him a white ruff and belly. I'm planning to make this into a sewing pattern which will hopefully be available by the end of September. *Fox soft toy sewing pattern available here.
This particular fox is made from scraps from upcycled woollen blankets and stuffed with organic corn fibre fill.
Hi! Just letting you know I'll have two new dolls, an owl and a whale available via my online store from Wednesday 10 August, 10am (Sydney time - EDST). Best wishes, Margeaux
Well it took me months and months to get this finished but finally the sewing pattern for my bunny doll (and bear) is ready for you to download. It's full of easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos and is the perfect project for the advanced beginner sewer wanting to tackle a slightly more complicated soft toy project that includes darts and gussets.
Some hand and machine sewing experience is recommended but really, I think anyone could give this one a go...and you get a cute little friend at the end of it.
I can't wait to see how you go...please just ask if you have any questions and I'd love to see photos of your finished bunnies or bears.
I'm busy working on a new sewing pattern and tutorial explaining how to make my bunny dolls. It will (hopefully) be available for you to download very soon. So excited...
*Update: My Willowynn bunny and bear sewing pattern is now available here.
I made this little doll as a custom order for a little girl with brown hair and a love of fairy tales. Her cloak is removable and she has a choice between two different skirts.
You can see the details here.
I love the special (and weird looking) ornaments on my Christmas tree. My little boys have been making theirs and I made these...
Then I made some more... I actually can't stop making them now :)
I think I'll make a sewing pattern for them. Do you make your own ornaments or Christmas decorations? Feel free to share a link in the comments below. I'd love to see...
Working on something new this week. I'm trying to make an owl with legs, claws, wings and a tail (my other owls are much more simple) and it's turning out to be a bit of a challenge! I'm having a lovely time though. Will show you what it looks like when I'm done.
At last... my moth sewing pattern is finally ready for the world...
It's super detailed with step by step instructions and photos and is a lovely project to use those beautiful scraps of fabric you’ve been saving for something special.
It's available to download now in my online shop here. I can't wait to see all of your handmade moths (or butterflies)!
Have I mentioned my little boy loves blue whales? I made this one for him. I made seven (!) prototypes before I was happy... *This design is now available as a sewing pattern.
...and here is one of the finished owls. Must say, I'm pretty in love with him :) I've listed a few of these in my online shop tonight.
Working on something different today. These are quite simple...kind of like soft babushka dolls...but owls. The white one is the first prototype and is wonky and has my notes drawn all over it...but my 3 year old has fallen in love and put dibs on it.
I set out to make each fox the same but somehow they all end up with really different personalities. Some look young and playful and others look old and wise (and a bit serious). These are going into my online shop tonight.
I've been having a few rabbit encounters lately...there they are sitting on the dirt road I walk along, in my dreams, in songs I've heard... and then I spotted a beautiful big grey one looking at me through a pet shop window...so I felt I should probably make one. This one has some foliage growing up his body...and can be purchased here.
This strange-looking blue whale prototype is also my little boy's birthday present (no time to make another). When I appologised for it being too long and skinny and not having even flippers, he said "mummy, he's perfect...I'll call him Tiny".
Hello and welcome...
My name is Margeaux Davis. I design and create cloth art dolls, textile sculpture and soft toy sewing patterns from the beautiful Northern Rivers region in Australia.