Making softies is a lot of fun. I've made a couple over the last year, and I always find myself smiling while making them. They're just so cute you can't help but smile!
I was originally planning on making a growth chart for my nephew, but as I started the project, I decided that I wanted something to make something that a 9-month-old would actually love. I found a pattern for a dinosaur in One Yard Wonders, one of my favorite other-sewing-projects books, and knew it would be a big hit.
I made the mistake of cutting out the pattern pieces in front of my own munchkin, who quickly deduced that I was making a dinosaur. He promptly asked...or demanded while still saying please...that I make one for him as well. I let him pick out the fabrics for both his dinosaur and my nephew's, and I must say, I was quite impressed with his selection, he did a great job.
This pattern was super easy to follow, though I opted not to make a rolling dinosaur, as suggested in the pattern, if nothing but because the idea of working with wood frightens me and without my husband around to do the woodworking, I figured it would be smart to skip that step.
Now I must wrap them ASAP before my toddler wakes up and finds them!
P.S. - Want a fun softie to start with? How about a mermaid? Check out Kate's blog to find out about her recent mermaid party and to find a free Wee Wonderfuls mermaid pattern.