Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pattern review: Dolls and Daydreams Baby Owl Ribbon Tag

Mixing it up a little this week with a review of a soft toy rather than clothes. And I didn’t sew over the weekend so going back into the vault for a favourite!

I love making toys and of course I have a little thing about owls. Ok lets be honest, a big thing! 

If you haven’t seen Lil Pip in action at markets around Melbourne (and please come and visit me if you are local!), I sell toys as well as clothes. I like to have items at different price points and these little baby owl ribbon tag toys are certainly popular. Actually I can’t keep up with the demand. I try to make about 20-30 for each market in all different colours and fabric designs.

Dolls and Daydreams Baby Owl Ribbon Tag

This pattern is wonderful to use up your favourite fabric remnants (I just can’t say scraps) and let your creativity go with different combinations.

I’ve made a lot of soft toys and this I would classify as a beginner pattern. If you haven’t made anything before, this is a great way to start and trust me if you love giving handmade baby gifts, how adorable to add a matching little owl to your burp clothes, bibs or blankets.

Plus the beautiful Sarah – the designer behind Dolls and Daydreams (Blog and Facebook) is one pattern designer who is thrilled when you add your own creativity to an item.  Check out what Cook you some noodles did with modifying the pattern – cute! And Binky Roo Designs – Dolls and Crafts (Blog and Facebook) created these variations. I think I need to try something uniquely Lil Pip too.

Binky Roo Designs versions - please see links above - AMAZING!

This isn't a hard pattern. The most difficult thing is the size and it can take some adjustment working with little pieces! I like to do a triple stitch on all the seams to make sure they stay together. I expect these little cuties get a bit of a work out with their owners. You don't have to do hand embroidery if you aren't a stitcher (I'm not!). If you need advice there is lots available on the blog - embroidery, blush cheeks, flowers, lots!

Now don’t let anyone tell you that owls are out. They aren’t! Take a look in any store – they are still around! And besides, aren’t they just the cutest.

An idea of size with Miss then 3
For a cute addition, why not consider add a rattle or squeaker toy to the inside of the owl. For those living in Australia – I like these soft little rattles or these little ball rattles.

Please check out Sarah's other patterns (Blog and Facebook). Just this week she is releasing a new double pattern - Captain Hook and the Crocodile.  Yay! I love Sarah's patterns. Seriously I wish I had her imagination and skills to come up with so many wonderful toys. No I haven't been payed for this post - I just admire talent!

Will I make this again? - absolutely. These are a must on my market stall and just perfect little new baby gifts for my friends.

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – I already do!

Lots of colours and designs on display at my market

Fabric: Homespun cotton for the face, quilters cotton or thrifted vintage cotton for the body, felt for the outer eyes and forehead, ribbon wings and embroidery details.

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): 2 or 3 if you are used to making toys and 4 or 5 if this is your first time!

Time: I usually have a big production line going with these guys (seriously I cut out 70 bodies at the beginning of the year!). Probably about 30 minutes to one hour all inclusive.
Combine different colours and fabrics for a unique look each time

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  1. Cute!! After seeing yours at the market I bought the pattern and have made a few for new bubbas :)

  2. These are super cute! I adore the Dolls and Daydreams patterns, although I'm yet to make one. Everything I see created with their patterns are adorable.

  3. I've been eyeing their patterns off for a long while (so has my daughter ;) My only problem is once I do one I'm sure I'll be addicted to try them all!

  4. Such cute little owls! I like that you use the term remnants rather than scraps - I always think scraps sound a bit shabby but they can be beautiful!

  5. Such cute little owls! Definitely a great way to use up that 'extra' fabric we all have lying around!

  6. Oh my gosh, these are sooo cute!!!

  7. Oh my goodness, thank you so much Jane! That's so sweet of you to do a review of my little baby ribbon tag owls Yay! Happy dance time! So pleased you love them, big hugs and very happy sewing, Sarah xxxx


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