My sewing machine has been in the shop for a little over a week, and I’m desperate for a sewing fix. At first I tried being proactive. You know, getting ahead on my cutting and cleaning up my fabric stash. Well, I cut all the remaining pieces for my Summer Solstice Quilt, and then I cut out enough tumblers for a totally unrelated quilt. I even put in some time on my hexagon project, but I wasn’t feeling it.
At some point in my sewing-deprived haze, I stumbled upon Gingermelon — an amazing etsy shop full of hand-sewn dolls and animals. About thirty seconds later I purchased the Fenwick the Fox pattern and had it printing. Desperate times call for desperate measures, friends.
I won’t lie. Sewing a toy by hand took awhile, but it was the best kind of sewing — full of intention and anxious anticipation to see it all come together. I used 100% wool felt in various colors, and hunted high and low for the perfect matching embroidery thread. His eyes are 7.5mm safety eyes, secured with an extra scrap of wool on the back. I used a black and gold applique needle which I think made all the difference in my stitching. There’s just no way I could have gotten in all the nooks and crannies with a standard craft needle.
Honestly, I had my doubts when he was sitting in a pile of pieces. There’s something really unsettling about a pile of appendages, heh. But, I am thrilled with (and pretty relieved by) how he came out. My favorite part? His threaded joints! This was my first time using joints, and they are so much fun! The moving parts definitely introduce a whole new level of play, which is sort of a problem since he’s a little fragile. I see many more jointed toys in my future, though probably plastic or button joints for the stability. I do have a toddler, after all.
The pattern itself is top-notch. There are so many thoughtful details (the pocket on the vest!) that really make the design. On a more practical level, it is a dream to sew up and comes together easily. The pieces fit together perfectly, and the instructions/illustrations are also exceptionally clear. In fact, there was *no seam ripping* involved on this guy. Definitely a personal first.
Oh, and lastly, did I mention that he has a cute butt? Because… check it.
No doubt, this project is exactly what the doctor ordered. Except now I have to figure out how to spend the next 5 days while I wait for my machine to come back. Ugh. Soon!
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