felt softie for Easter

 







I wanted to make this post to share the free template for the lamb pattern, but I've looked for over an hour and cannot find it for the life of me. Edited, a kind reader found it for me right here! I also have a few others that I plan to make in the future and have those links below. I love making tiny felt animals and very pleased with how lambie turned out. I prefer stuffed animals to be three-dimensional with head gussets and underbody gussets, and I prefer patterns that are not cartoony. I shared that odd picture of lambie laying down so you could see his underbody. This little lamb will be hidden in one of my vintage cardboard Easter egg boxes for Carter to find on Easter Sunday.

We baked Easter cookies with pretty sprinkles on Tuesday and dyed Easter eggs today. Two hugely messy projects to do with a three year old. Today I sent him home with blue/purple hands as he could not keep his fingers out of the egg dye.

Those gorgeous fruits are a trade from a neighbor, tomato seedlings for a bag of fruit. The lemons are the pink lemonade lemons I told you about and I'm happy to have them for my Easter buffet. The dark purple leathery fruits are passion fruits. They are perfectly ripe and so delicious. Carter and my husband turned up their noses, but I thought, OK, more for me. I think I'm going to have to look into planting a vine.

Take note about the free patterns: Some of these are downloads from sites I'm not familiar or comfortable with. If I don't want to download, I copy the template image and enlarge and print. Sometimes the quality is not the greatest, but it's certainly good enough for our purposes. Most don't come with directions because they assume you'll know how to put the pieces together. They are all pretty simple. I use high quality wool blend felt from Benzie for my animals and if there is a seam allowance I cut that off. If using felt, it's best not to seam and turn inside out as it will be too bulky. Instead seam on the outside with embroidery thread using the buttonhole/blanket stitch. I used buttons for eyes but if you are gifting this to a child who may pull buttons off, you can embroider the eyes. I embroidered the mouth and nose. Most of the patterns below make small, hand-held toys.


Lambie in felt or fabric. (Link takes you to a free PDF from Pattern Bee)


Love this bunny and duckling from Creativity in Pieces (safe site)


Sitting dog template (The link takes you to an image. Copy the image and enlarge to print.)


The following three links are safe Pinterest links. I'll be making this elephant for Carter's birthday this summer.  I did not want to go to the website and instead just copied the image from Pinterest and enlarged to print. Same thing for this sweet fawn and this giraffe


Look at this bonanza of patterns from Pinterest! Again, if you don't feel comfortable going to a site, go to the Pinterest site, copy the image, enlarge and print.


Happy Easter! I hope you're surrounded by sunshine, flowers, chocolate bunnies, and family on this happy day.


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