The holidays are just around the corner. I like to try to make things for at least some of the people on my list. It always feels so good to give handmade. Making things really can help you save money on your holiday shopping, especially if you use a free tutorial and fabrics from your stash.
On that note, I've put together a somewhat unconventional gift guide. It's a collection of wonderful, free tutorials for softies to sew!
I hope you find something here you'd like to make for someone on your list.
I love this adorable Molly Monkey doll by Larissa Holland of mmmcrafts. This would be a great gift for a little girl. You can incorporate her favorite colors in the dress and shoes, or make it match her bedroom. Get the free pattern right here.
I love this sweet little Gingerbread Man softie from Pauline McArthur of Funky Friends Factory. This guy would make a great quick gift to sew for friends or teachers. He'd also be a fun gift topper. Get the free pattern right here.
Check out this utterly adorable duck softie by Mariska Vos-Bolman of DIY Fluffies. I would make this for a baby or toddler and pair it with a Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet. That would be a very nice gift indeed. Get the free pattern right here.
Pete the Bear is my most popular free pattern. He's super easy to make so you could whip up half a dozen in no time and give them out to all your nephews and nieces. Make Pete from any soft fabric including fleece, wool, felt, or a felted sweater. Get the free pattern right here.
Nothing says winter more than a cute penguin! I love the use of black and white prints on this one from The Purl Bee. Pair this guy with Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon for a terrific gift (I'm a fan of the toy + book gift combo). Get the free pattern right here.
Hillary Lang's blog, Wee Wonderfuls, was one of the first blogs I followed when I began making softies. Her Pointy Kitty pattern is an oldie, but goodie. Kawaii cute proportions make this guy super appealing. Get the free pattern right here.
"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Illustrate the classic Christmas story with these two mice from Jodie Carleton. I think you should sew a piece of cheese to along with them, but that's certainly optional. Get the free pattern right here.
Make this adorable Yeti monster, designed by Amanda Teple for Craft Tuts. I think this guy would be a big hit with both boys and girls. Grown-ups, too. Everyone loves a Yeti. Get the free pattern right here.
And finally, for the owl-obsessed 9-year-olds on your list (I've got one for sure), this owl softie can't be beat. What a cutie! Get the free tutorial from Ruth at Hammer and Thread right here.
Do you have a favorite free softie pattern? If you do, please feel free to leave a link in the comments. The more the merrier!
Happy sewing, everyone!