Monday, 16 February 2009

Scottie dogs and Grandma's patterns

I found a lovely book at the CS last week called Good Design in Soft Toys, it was published in the 60's and includes some nice patterns but also has a section on designing your own toys. Here is my first toy, a Scottie dog made from felted jumpers. I have to say it took ages to work out the pattern but I am delighted with the result.

Later in the day she had some puppies :-) I have made them into little brooches and they will be up for sale in my shop soon.

I proudly showed my latest creations to Mum and she talked about how she used to make soft toys with her mother to sell to raise money for local causes. Then she opened a drawer and out came the hand drawn patterns and instructions!. My Mum never ceases to amaze me, she is in her 80's now and my Nan was born in 1892, but she has kept these patterns safe for all these years AND knew exactly what drawer they were in!

Now all I have to do is decide what toy to make first and what fabric to use - I think these deserve something special so I may dip into the fabric mum saved from making dresses when I was little.
Thanks Mum for being a hoarder!


  1. I love it when the oldies produce stuff that they think is just junk - yet to us is treasure

    How fabulous


  2. Mitty, that is a lovely find and a great post.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. What a fantastic treasure to find from your mum. Oh, I'd love to come and have a rummage around your workroom, you have some lovely bits and pieces.