There were a few plush dies released as part of the recent Reason To Smile release and they sure were popular! I can see a real trend starting with lots of felt products appearing on the shelves along with dies intended for sewing. In fact, as part of the Spring Plush release Simon included some lovely wool felt all the way from Italy! Here’s a look at the release in full:
SPRING PLUSH RELEASE
The new dies will cut a range of different materials from felt, to fun foam and even fabric. I pulled out my fabric stash to create this Plush Springtime Chicken. I die cut the body from patterned fabric twice – front and back but remember if your fabric isn’t double-sided that you will need to cut one die with the fabric pattern facing upwards and one with the pattern facing downwards so that you chicken has pattern on both sides :D
Then I cut the body twice again but with only enough of my linen fabric to cover the head area, then used the scallop die included in the set to create a scalloped edge to this part. I die cut two teal felt wings and two orange combs and finally one orange beak. Then it was time to put it all together. I sewed the wings on to each side first then sewed the front and back of the chicken together trapping the combs and the beak as I went. Before completing a full circuit around the hen I used some toy stuffing to give a nice plump chicken then finished off the last bit of sewing.
For my next project I used the Plush Party Bunny to create a felt flower to decorate a little pin cushion. I cut eight teal felt petals/ears and eight white smaller petals/inner ears and sewed these to a square of linen fabric. For the flower centre I cut a Nested Circle from yellow felt and sewed in place to hide the messy area where all the petals met. I then attached this decorated linen square to a square of patterned fabric – decorated side to patterned side and sewed around the edges leaving a small hole to turn the pin cushion right side out and then push toy stuffing through before completing the stitching.
I’ve now got a nice place to push my pins and needles in to :D I am having such fun with all these new plush dies. As someone pointed out to me on Facebook recently, it’s good to get the felt and fabric out again and having dies now makes creating these projects so much easier than they would’ve been in the past.
These latest sewn items join the eggs and the wee baby bunny I made before :D you can find my eggs post here using the Plush Button Egg dies and the little bunny post here which used the cutest Plush Carrot Bunny. OK, I’ve rambled on long enough let’s get to the hop!
As mentioned above this post is part of a hop to celebrate the Spring Plush release. Hopefully you’ve arrived here from Kelly Latevola (awesome designer and a hoot too!) but if not then you may want to start at the beginning and check out all the details over at Simon’s blog.
Simon will be giving away a Simon Goody bag on every stop of the hop so before you hop on over to the next blog don’t forget to leave a comment below for your chance to win. The winners will be drawn on Monday 07 March and announced here and on Simon’s blog.
OK, I think that’s everything so now it’s time to head on over to one of my all time crafting idols:
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