It's so easy to collect fabric. It's beautiful and it feels good to the touch. It's not all that expensive for a small cut, and when you see something you love it's hard to know if you'll be able to find it again.
In December I began keeping weekly financial records for my business. Looking at the numbers eye-to-eye each week has made me think very carefully before I spend money on new materials and I've cut way back.
So, when I license designs to a company that pays for the cost of materials it's a truly special treat.
On Friday I went to Fabric Place Basement in Natick, MA, with just such a treat in hand. I went to buy some supplies to sew fresh samples of the Beastie Bags to send to Simplicity. The Beastie Bags will be out as my second a Simplicity pattern envelope early spring 2014. Fabric Place Basement is a family owned fabric store, or warehouse really, and their customer service is terrific. They'd put all the fleece in storage for the summer, but let me go look through the bolts in the back. They've got an amazing selection.
I bought some light brown velour. Many commercially made stuffed animals are sewn from velour and I've wanted to give it a try. I made this Baby Bear and Blankie with it and I think the results are really excellent.
The blankie is double-sided: velour on one side and flannel on the other. I lined the bear's ears with the same flannel to make it a nicely matched set. I used a plastic nose and some blue safety eyes from 6060 on Etsy. This bear is incredibly soft and snuggly.
I'm giving this set to my sister who will be having her first baby, a girl, in the fall. I hope she likes it.
Make a Baby Bear and Blankie Set yourself. Get the pattern here.