I am really pleased that my classes at Emporium are going down well, and have been asked to run another craft workshop, for which I could chose the subject. I wanted to keep to the sewing theme, but maybe make it a little more open to boys as well as girls. I had a think and came up with a workshop making soft toys/animals/monsters and made some samples yesterday.
For my sewing classes I have largely been using my own templates and tutorials, but I felt that for the toy workshop I might need a bit of help from the www.
So I had a little look through Flickr, and google and found some simple templates that hopefully will be easy enough for kids to make within and hour.
So I made these three little guys below, which are really the first softies I've made.
This little monster - who due to my choice in colour now looks like a little devil is made from a pattern and tutorial by RevoluzZza who has a wonderful blog and some brilliant tutorials too. I accidentally managed to sew the face on upside down though, so his ears should actually be his legs! Oops! I also changed his mouth for something a little easier for the children to do, some felt cut into zigzags to make teeth then stitched on by hand.
The bunny pattern is again by RevoluzZza, tutorial here. I have made mine a cross between the two styles, it doesn't have arms or legs, but it has a patchwork face, with buttons for eyes and some embroidery for the nose. I think this one was the hardest of the three, but would be really good to make around Easter time.
I just need a couple more ideas for different animals and things, I was thinking robots for the boys and maybe dolls for the girls? Any thoughts from those of you with little people? X