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1  Topastro Mouse: making softies from papercraft pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: September 14, 2010 04:26:49 AM

Here's a little softie I made for a special blog-friend, Claudia, and for her son Samuele, called “Topastro” (http://pollon72.blogspot.com/)

I needed some ideas to sew a mouse softie and I found the perfect mix between simplicity and cuteness in this papercut pattern from 3eyedbear.com :


Than I completed the project:
- enlarging the pattern
- adding the coverings of head and body to the pattern
- finding a way to keep the body standing (a stone!)
- finding a way to make the head moving up and down (by pulling the tail!)

I sew a first mouse made of white felt and added some details with a  fabric marker, just to be sure of the final result. My brother took a photo of it:

I was ready! If you want to make it, print the pattern from here


- cut the parts of the mouse from a duble layer of fabric pinned together: felt (to give support) and a light grey soft felted sweater (external).
- sew a thin ribbon at the centre of the head (the cross in the pattern), to the internal side of the felt: it will be the tail.
- pass the ribbon through the little cut in the back of the head (the asterisk in the pattern)
- sew the head as a cone and sew the back of the head to the head with blanket stitch. Before closing, fill the head with padding
- sew the body as a truncated cone ad sew the top of the body to it, leaving a hole on the back. Pass the ribbon through it (the asterisk in the pattern)

- sew the bottom to the body filling with a little stone and some padding before closing. Leave a hole on the back and pass the ribbon through it (the asterisk in the pattern)
- cut the ribbon the lenght you like (to make the tail), and insert a big bead before making a knot at the end of it
- embroider particulars as teeths, hands, feets, nose, eyes with coloured felt and finish with stem stitch coloured lines.

Have fun!!
.. and... why don't you try the cheese, too?
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2  Wearing your imagination: the cotton vest hand-painted with a Tyrannosaurus chil in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by vogliounamelablu on: June 21, 2010 06:27:56 AM
In Italy last week we had a heat wave.
No more time for vegetarian dinosaurs, for my 4 years old son it's time for big big carnivores..
So I asked him to draw a Tyrannosaurus Rex head on a A4 sheet of paper and this is his drawing:

I like the bright red colour, very aggressive! I used this drawing and hand-painted a white cotton vest for him.
I attached the drawing on a thick transparent plexiglass sheet and I inserted it into the vest. I used some big paper clips to keep the fabric tight and transfered the drawing on the fabric with a soft pencil using the transparency of the plexiglass.

Than I painted the drawing with fabric colours and a thin brush, trying to render the original drawing's marker effect.

It took me about an hour and I'm quite satisfied with the result even if the vest has darker colours tones...

I can say my son was quite proud of his vest: the following day the Tyrnnosaur must have eaten dozens of his pre-school mates!  Wink

Thanks for reading and sorry for my english!  Roll Eyes
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3  Hand painted T-shirts from my son's drawings in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by vogliounamelablu on: June 16, 2010 03:43:56 PM
What to create for my housband's birthdays? Hand painted t-shirts from our son's drawings!
Here's last year's T-shirt:

from this

and this drawings:

My son was very proud of his work... and my housband was very proud of his son!!

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4  Stamping with a poppy in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: June 16, 2010 03:11:32 PM
- Mom!? Can we stamp with a poppy?
- I don't think so.
- Uhm..
- Well, let's try!

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5  foam stamp from kid's drawings in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: May 21, 2010 01:24:16 PM
Some days ago I asked my eldest son -4 years old- to draw directly on a foam sheet with a rollerball pen.
He covered the entire sheet with animal drawings..

I choosed this funny monkey to cut a foam stamp;

 than I used it to cover some stains on one of his trousers.

I like to use his beautiful drawings creating something else. Kid's fantasy is fantastic!

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6  A felt softie from my son's drawings in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: May 16, 2010 02:25:57 PM
Thanks to craftylittlemonkey,


I realized this crazy cat with coloured felt inspired by two drawings of my eldest son.

 I think it had a great impact on my son to see something soft and long-lasting made from.. his fantasy!

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7  How to make a Softies Sky Mobile! Tutorial in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: April 09, 2010 04:07:28 AM
Here's the new Softies Sky mobile for my coming soon baby!

I was thinking about this project since I found Shakashuka's and Urbancraft's Cloud Mobiles, and Soozs solution for a wire mobile...


And now it's ready!

How to make it (and why I made it like this):

You'll need a wire clothes hanger and patterns for sky objects. You can find here my home made patterns of cloud, moon, sun, star, drop and rainbow:
Choose the fabrics you want to use. I used coloured satin for sun ad drops, felt for the star, white piquet for the cloud and silver fabric for the moon. I like the differences of light reflection on each fabric..
Cut the patterns out of the fabric, remembering to add the seam allowance if you'll use the sewing machine. To have a symmetric cloud I superimposed two layers of fabric and I bended them. Than I placed the central straight line of the cloud at the fold and cutted together the 4 layers of fabric.
Sew each softie and fill it with padding; than embroyder the faces on one side of the softie (to obtain an appear-disappear effect).

I used the stem stitch and embroydered smiling faces. The night objects (moon and star) are sleeping: I hope it will bring good luck for my coming soon son's sleep habits!

Before sewing the cloud, insert the clothes hanger and fill with padding.
At the end you can sew each softie to the cloud with transparent wire and add musical or coloured elements in other materials. I added some little tubular bells and some little coloured bells (to remember the rain's sounds), a crystal drop (to catch the light like a prism) and some “rainbow” elements that I made with Eberhard Faber Efaplast Light.

If you want your mobile to be manipulated by a little baby, I suggest to use satin tapes directly tied to the clothes hanger and sewed through the cloud's lower sewing. You can sew other satin tapes at the top of the softies and tie them to the cloud tapes. It will be solid and safe!

My mobile is a fragile one, and it's not safe 'cause of the little parts: it's only made to charm...

Sorry again for my english. The original -italian- post of this tutorial is here:
And here you can find the Flickr photos:
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8  Home made foam stamps. Blue buttercups on a maternity pijamas in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: March 26, 2010 11:10:41 AM

I inherited this maternity pijamas from a kind cusin; I loved the colour but it had lots of little discoloured spots on a side

So I made some foam stamps with flower, blossom and leaves and I glued them on milk caps.

inspired by some buttercut drawings found on the web, that I elaborated like this:

Than I choosed a blue colour - not a very philologic choice!- and I printed the fabric:

Here you see my pregnant belly as a model for my last creation.
I do love foam stamps with fabric paint. They're simple, easy and perfect!

This is the original post on my site (in italian):

I already used them with other "rescue" projects that you chan see here, with a step-to-step tutorial:


Sorry for my english
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9  My Pink Hungry Octopus in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: March 24, 2010 10:40:07 AM
This is the original project of my third felt softie: a pink hungry octopus.

More infos about my crafting projects are blogged on
(the site is in italian, but you can ask for translation).

In this Scribd page you can find the pdf file with the free pattern of the octopus:



- chose felt in three colours, one for the body, one for the lower part of the legs and one for the mouth.

- print and cut the free pattern from the link upon. You can see it there:

- pin the paper pattern of the octopus body on a double layer of felt and cut. Make the same thing with the lower part of the legs and with the mouth.

- sew together the long sides and the round side of the mouth. You obtain a little pocket

- if you want, you can attach now the eye buttons on one copy of the body

- pair each copy of the body to the corrispondent copy of the lower part of the legs (look at the legs' numbers!)

- sew half of the mouth to the correct side of one lower part of the legs: the pocket must stay inside the octopus body!

- sew each lower part of the legs to the corrispondent half of the body.
To obtain a nice result I suggest to start from the middle ad sew the two legs on the right; than the two on the left, starting from the middle again.
You may notice that the lower parts of the legs are thinner and don't match at all with the upper parts of the legs. I needed this to give thickness and "movement" to the legs. If you follow my suggestions you'll have a good result.

- sew the little "V" cuts on the octopus head

-sew togeter the two half of the lower parts of the legs: in the middle they are connected by the free side of the mouth. The mouth have to stay open!!!!

- sew the heads together, but fill with the padding before closing up.

Pay attention to this octopus! He likes very much the soft little fingers of our babies!  Wink

Sorry for my english and good work! You can share your felt softies creations on this Flickr group:

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10  My Easter Bunny from Kwoozy pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: March 24, 2010 07:23:44 AM
And here's my version of kwoozy rabbit! The tutorial is blogged here:


I sewed it as an Easter Bunny, that will hide lots of plexiglass eggs for our egg hunt.

You can find more infos (in italian) on my blog site:


I made it with a very old sweatshirt (directly from '80s) and I used some pink felt for embroideries, to add other sweetness to my rabbit. I added also a little tail and a nose.
We were so satisfied of the result that I made another one the same afternoon, so we have now Easter Bunny Pasquale and Pasqualino!
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