I've been spending some time with my sewing machine lately, making plushies. You may recall the little whales I had made. I've been trying other animals as well.
I will be the first to admit I am no seamstress. Most times when I sit down at my desk, my machines fights me (and wins) when I try to use it. It will throw stitches, the bobbin will get all bogged up, the thread keeps breaking etc etc. I know there's steps to take to make these things to stop but ... I have no clue what they are. I also fight the machine in just trying to make things work the way I think I need them to work. I'm no good at driving, which is complicated by the fact that I'm a lefty and the machines are set up for righties and my arms keep getting in my way!! And finally, and probably most especially, I make my own 'patterns'. I see something cute that I like online and I'll grab a piece of paper and (you purists and knowledgeable sewing types might want to look away, honestly) I press the paper against my monitor and then trace... yes trace... the image onto the paper with a marker. I then cut out the paper and then draw the outline onto the fabric I will use, giving a seam allowance. Unfortunately, quite often the transference of what I see online and how it comes out on the paper isn't equal and I end up with runty looking items. I don't quite have down yet what I need to do to make things.. yaknow ... work... I'm HORRIBLE at managing corners and ESPECIALLY rounded corners with my sewing machine.
So, when I see an adorable little guy like this elephant (which is actually a pillow I found at Fieldstone Hill Design) I feel inspired by his adorable cuteness and I want to copy it!!! So ... I get out my paper and I trace the outline.
Using my own pattern and my MAD SEWING MACHINE SKILLS...