Hooray! Sew a Softie in July 2018 is here at last. Harriet, my simple sewing project for kids, has been waiting, and not always patiently, ever since I told her that this year I had a surprise…I was making her the first softie tutorial so she would be ushering in our month of quick and easy softie sewing activities. Now, you might be wondering “who’s Harriet?” and “why’s she so special anyway?”
Well, Harriet is a sewing bug and out of an innate affection for sewing, critters such as these will often appear…as if out of nowhere…whenever there’s a lot of sewing being done. Sewing bugs are a little like fruit flies in this respect…one day, nothing…the next, they’re everywhere, but they’re usually happy, contented and fun companions to have around when you’re sewing…so here she is:
What you need
30 cm x 20 cm blue felt
20 cm x 20 cm green felt
16 cm x 10 cm yellow felt
6 cm x 6 cm white felt
What to do
Using the templates, cut out the shapes for Harriet as shown below.
Lay the top half of Harriet about 1/4″ over the the bottom half of her body…
…and pin and sew together using a running stitch.
Sew on the arms using a single french knot at the top of each arm. This allows the arms to move. Make Harriet’s mouth using a single large stitch.
Pin the front and back of Harriet’s body together. Sew around the body about 1/4″ in from the edge leaving a gap for stuffing.
Use a funnel to fill the bottom third of Harriet with rice or any granular weighting material.
Stuff with polyester fibrefill then sew the gap closed.
Position and glue on the eyes and Harriet will be a friend who always makes you laugh
If you’re looking for another easy to sew project have a look ay my mini softies in a jar.
Happy Sew a Softie month, love trixi and Harriet
Harriet is just lovely. What a great start to this years Sew A Softie month 🙂
Thanks Julie. She was fun to design 🙂
We love Harriet!
Thanks Elisa. Looking forward to seeing all the other projects!
Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting says
So Cute! I love how you can make her eyes go whatever way! A great way to start of Sew a Softie month! 🙂 Lisa
Hi Trix. Harriet is a lovely sewing project for kids. We all need little helpers when sewing. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I’ve included your post in our latest craft inspiration roundup. https://craftylikegranny.com/craft-ideas-mulitply/ Cheers Jodie 🙂
Hi Jodie, Thanks for including Harriet in your roundup, she’s quite chuffed! And yes helpers of any sort when I’m sewing are always welcome, including the furry helpers who prefer to sit on your project 🙂