Some new softies

November 17, 2011

My sister bought me a lovely gift for my birthday this week - Fiona Dalton's soft toy making book 'Hop Skip Jump'. 
I knew it was coming out in late October but hadn't had a chance to check it out.   Hop Skip Jump (the blog) was my introduction to blogs when my sister showed me a couple of years ago.  I'd never heard of a blog at the time but her's was one I checked regularly as I loved her style of toys and the materials she used.   I have made quite a few of her toys now and have had lots of fun with her new book already. 
This is 'Charlie' the cat (using the 'Archie' pattern).  Isabella needed a bit of help naming him appropriately as she thought 'loopy' and 'catty' were good names!  He was going to be for a new bub (a friend's not yet born) but Isabella looked at him and said, "but I don't have a cat Mummy..." so of course, Charlie is now sleeping soundly next to her at night!  I adapted the pattern to incorporate string joints on the legs so he can sit on his own.  I bought the wool for Charlie here.

I also made 'Eddy' the mouse for another friend who just had a baby girl...
He is made from a recycled wool skirt - also used to make this little deer.

Here is the original Archie...
And Eddy...
A few of the other gorgeous toys in Fiona's book...

I'm sharing today at Kootoyoo.

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  1. What gorgeous soft toys! Love that they all have names too which gives them even more character!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Your soft toys are beautifully made. I can see why your daughter had to have the cat for her collection Charlie is very cute, love his tie too. :)

  3. Charlie and Eddy look so soft and cuddly. Happy Birthday... what a great present to receive.

  4. What a beautiful book, your softies are gorgeous! Just popped over from our creative spaces, and love all your crafty things. Have a great day! :)

  5. Hi Suz,
    Hop Skip Jump was the first blog I fell in love with too. My copy of Fiona's book arrived today and I'm so excited. I can't wait to free up some time to make some softies. It's a beautiful book. You've been very productive already. Your creations look great, as always.

  6. Oh I do love archie, no wonder your lil girl has taken ownership of him :)

  7. I just love this book.. I just borrowed it from the library and I can't wait to make some! I just love Charlie the cat... too cute! :)

  8. Oh how wonderful! I love Charlie's tie too!!! :)

  9. Hi Suz, I'm so excited to see these - they're the first I've seen made from patterns in the book. They came up so cute, and I love your fabric choices. Thanks so much for blogging about them!


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