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Narwhal Sew a Softie Pattern

This narwhal softie is an easy beginner sewing project for adults and children alike! Non-fraying wool felt and a few simple stitches will give you a cute project and sweet toy to treasure.

I've always had a soft-spot in my heart for the "unicorn of the sea." Narwhals are mysterious, beautiful creatures steeped in lore and loved by all unicorn fanatics (myself included). The Last Unicorn was easily one of my favorite movies as a girl, and that affection has not waned since!

With this life-long love interest, you can imagine my girlish squeal when helping my 2 year old son open Christmas presents to see that his aunt had bought him a copy of "Not Quite Narwhal" by Jesse Sima.

A fantastic--and very sweet--tale of a unicorn born to a family of narwhals in the ocean. He knows he's different from the moment he's born, because he doesn't quite fit in with other narwhals--although they love him all the same. One day a strong currant sweeps Kelp into an adven…

Toddler YoYo Sewing Tutorial

This easy sewing craft makes a wonderful DIY toy for toddlers and preschoolers! The fascination of a bouncy yo-yo is usually frustrated by the difficulty for tiny arms. This toddler toy is a soft plush that is weighted by beans and bounces on an elastic string. The perfect DIY toy for summer boredom, birthdays, or Christmas stockings!


There's a soft spot in my heart for sewing. My first craft I ever really loved, I spent half of my high school career taking fashion design classes and thinking I'd get my degree in the domestic art.

Convinced otherwise by the disappointment of family and teachers, I focused on science and lingual degrees in college, only to find myself with my own business as an artist some 10 years later!
Hand sewing is one of my relaxation techniques, along with needle-felting and exercise. The "slow sewing" movement is important to me, because sewing on a machine can be so costly and intimidating (not to mention frustrating if something is going wrong)…

Sally Halloween Sewing Project Free Pattern

Inspired by our family's favorite Halloween movie, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," I decided to offer a little softie pattern to make my favorite character "Sally" into a bean-bag, ornament, or pincushion. October is the Halloween-themed "Sew a Softie" month blog hop, so I thought I'd get a jump on the tutorial!



Certainly the wisest and most caring character in Halloweentown, she is also an adept seamstress and generally crafty in all of her endeavors of the movie. Relating to her on a pretty intense level (I mean she's also a gardener, how can she not be my Halloween spirit animal?!), she served as inspiration for my actual costume a few years ago.

Despite being raised in a super intense religious community as a child (we weren't allowed to celebrate Halloween until I was 14 and any movie containing witches, or the like, was "the devil's influence"), I love the holiday as an adult!



Making costumes, free candy, decorating …