The craft fair is now only 17 days away. This explains my lack of commenting on blogs and the lack of interesting stuff for me to write about. I am at that point where the genius ideas are starting to occur to me and if I rush I will have just about enough time to make them. My felt stash has shrunk to almost nothing. I got so angry yesterday at an awful pattern I chopped up the toy I was sewing and threw it in the bin. Fun times.
Which is where the stupid-proof bit comes in. I am looking for a stupid-proof toy pattern. I have tried modern craft books, vintage craft books, hunted down books other people have liked, trawled the web, tried vintage patterns. I know these patterns can be made, I’ve seen the toys people have produced. They are all so stinking cute it’s crazy. And they make it look effortless. Hmmpf, I’ve tried it and it’s not. In January I made a cat softie from a vintage pattern. I didn’t even bother finishing it once I realised it looked like it had hemorrhoids. Apparently those 2 darts I left out on the inside of the legs…kind of important. This month I have made a wee felt elephant. He was gorgeous, looked tidy and quite easy but on the home stretch the trunk twisted horribly. And I had no idea how to attach the ears. So I tried a bigger, fabric elephant softie yesterday. That was the one I chopped up half sewn. So badly designed it was a joke.
I want a pattern, most likely an elephant, that stands up. It has to have easy to attach ears that can easily be attached at the same height on both sides, preferably no foot pads – basic soft toy making should not be that stressful, a tidy pattern with a minimum of pieces, the back end of the toy should be tidy, no darts or tucks, no weak points, easy to sew trunk. So I am left with a dilemma. Apparently no such pattern exists, certainly not one that I know of. So I am going to try design one. This may or may not turn out the way I want, the list of things it needs to have or not have is long but after that terrible pattern I tried yesterday I can certainly not do worse than that.