Thursday, November 26, 2009

Ruby Doll Craft-Along Step 4 - Week 4

Step 4) Make a small cut on each side of the neck (making sure not to cut into the stitches) and make the small notches around her head on the bottom curved corners of her dress. Turn Doll right side out and stuff to your heart's content!
Blinkstitch the opening closed and enjoy you new Ruby Doll.

My Doll finshed

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ruby Doll Craft-Along Step 3 - Week 3

3) Embellishing: You may now want to embellish the front of the doll with buttons, trims, embroidery, ect or you may want to wait untill the doll is assembled. For the example I made, I stitched some lace onto the skirt (where piece C meets Piece B)and attached a bow button on the side of the face.

Assembling the doll: Take one side of the doll and lay it right-side up. Place arms into position using marked arm guides. Arms should be pointing inwards and downward.
Base or pin arms in place. Place legs into position with toes pointing in whatever direction you choose. Baste or int into place. See Diagram on the instructions you printed out.

Take the other side of the doll and lay it on top with right-side down so that right sides are facing each other. Pin in place ensuring both all edges line up. Stitch around the doll using 5mm seam allowance and leave an opening as marked on the pattern.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Work In Progress Pics

Mel emailed me a picture of her WIP - Looks Great!!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ruby Doll Craft-Along Step 2 - Week 2

Step 2 Head & Body: For one side of the doll, with right sides facing, sew Piece A to Piece B using the tabs as a guide ( use the dotted line as the seam guide when joining the two pieces). Then with right sides facing, sew one piece C to the bottom of Piece B. Again use the tabs as a guide. Repeat for the other side of the doll. Press/iron down seams.

FACE: At this point you should have two head/body pieces, two (stuffed) arm and two stuffed legs. You may want to attach the face (Piece F) or after the doll has be assembled. Position the face in the centre of the head. To attach, use the stitch of your choice and simply stitch around the face. ALso stitch on the cheeks ( piece G) and embroider eyes and mouth ( Don't be afraid to try different expressions!). I also cut a small piece of small felt for some hair.

Here is a Pic of what i have done - I did not add cheekys

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ruby Doll Craft-Along Step 1 - Week 1

Step 1

Trace each of the labelled pieces onto paper and cut out.
Trace or pin the pieces to your chosen fabric and cut out the specified number for
each piece. Note that pieces A, B, C, E & E already include a 5MM seam Allowance.
Arms & Legs: With right ides facing, sew the arm pieces (piece D) together using a
5MM allowance so that you end up with 2 separate arms. Then turn right side out and
stuff each arm. Once stuffed Stitch the opening closed. Do the same wiht the legs
(piece E).

Here is a pic of mime

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ruby Doll - Craftalong -

Hello and Welcome to Softie Nations first Craftalong.

On the 5th of November at 7.30pm We will be making a Red Robin Ruby Doll - They are just so adorable!! it will last for 4 weeks.

How it will Work - Every Thrusday at 7.30pm I will be posting up each Step it will
run for 4 weeks.
Each week I will be posting up how my progress is going and invite
each of you to do the same by emailing you photo's to and i will
post then up. You don't have to submit your photo's just follow

Every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm I will be in the chat
area of sotfie nation to have a chat or answer any question you
guy will have. - If you can't make it for a Chat not to worry
Just follow along.

What you will Need - The Pattern - Which is located at

Various Fabrics - Cotton, Fleece, Linen-Pretty much whatever
you want.
Wool or acrylic felt (for the face)
Embroidery Floss
Your Choice of Embellishments (buttons, lace,trim, ect)

Any question don't hesitate to ask.

See you soon,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

BUTTONS BUTTONS BUTTONS - is the theme for challenge 2..

go here for the details!

and here is the prize..............

have fun....................... Ax

AND THE WINNER IS............

We have a winner and that winner is ......................................drumroll dadadadadada

with her gorgeous moopy bunny..

thankyou all for partisipating..
and our new challenge will be up tomorrow.....
with maybe an extra suprise challenge as well..........
you never know!!
thanks for reading...............A x

Our lucky last entry

this cute little mouse, by lisa,

Monday, August 17, 2009


I have been asked if it is o.k for a little more time to get this challenge done..... and my answer is..... YOU HAVE 48 HOURS .... i will be opening the entries to a public vote on 19th August at 12.00pm Aust time, if your entry isnt in by then you may be dissapointed... A x x x x x

Monday, August 3, 2009


Im working on the next challenge now... and will hopefully have it posted by next week......A x

there pouring in now....

this beauty was made by FleaSha - Fleasha made her using a beautiful
pattern by Carly Schwerdt from the book Softies Only A Mother Could Love
she is made using cotton fabric, felt and vintage buttons..... she is a cutie FleaSha..

and another couple of entries by Glenda.. a cute turtle made from vintage fabrics,
and a pretty little lady filled with lavender.. she must smell devine!~

you are all doing a wonderful job, keep them coming!..........................Ax

Monday, July 27, 2009

And we have a few more entries

This delightful Mini Moopy bunny by lisa

and a little gingham teddy by Glenda..
they both look great girls, keep the entries coming................... Ax


Is it too late to sign up...???? the answer to that is NO its not to late, as long as you have your entry uploaded to me before the end date, you can enter... :) happy sewing...............Ax

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

i have been asked a question, And its a great question by the way.

Are we allowed to use purchased patterns, for our challenge entry?? And the answer to that is yes you may, as long as you are not going to sell your creation after the challenge... you may use anything that inspired you to create.... as long as its for personal use only.

I hope this answers your question.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

how are we all going????

i hope you are all having some fun with this... i know i am!!!

And we have our first few entries in...

this sweet little miss birdy is from Driftwood,
Driftwood says ; Made from felt and stuffed with fiber fill. She is from the cute things book by aranzi aronzo. I am hooked. Thanks for this site. I am going to try to make that little pink bird sitting in the pear tree there. wish me luck.
i think she is adorable!!! and i have to say, i also own that book, and LOVE it!....

a felt owl from nikki, im loving the eyes!!

and a second cutie from Nikki,
that grin goes from ear to ear... what a happy fellow he is!!!!


and while im here i have to share, yesterday at work i taught a softie class for kids aged between 6 and 12.. they made the most amazing creations, we had octopus's, bears, dolls, cars, owls, cupcakes, and so much more!!! i do have a few pics to share, and as soon as i upload them i will share these with you... kids are so inspirational.. and believe me they taught me a few things!!!
happy creating and remember check back soon, you never know when there might be a extra suprise challenge!!......A x

Friday, July 3, 2009


GO HERE for the details...... and just to tempt you here is the prize!

so what are you waiting for go go go !!!!! 1st Softie challenge

...........Niss x

up and almost running!!!!

Making softies is lots of fun....
now you can share yours with everyone.....
a monthly challenge we'll set up....
and give you hints so you're not in a rut...
.then the rest is up to you....
Can't wait to see what you will do...
written by kerri 2009

YES..we are still under construction
but hope to see you all soon
Niss xx