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From Sweater to Plushy Toy

I was cleaning out the girls closet today as it is getting warmer and Lailah (my youngest) is finally outgrowing her 18 month clothes. I felt inspired by these two sweaters, although at the moment I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with them, which is how pretty much all of my projects start. Here’s me at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn with my husband:

Me: “Oh I love this fabric! I’m going to get a couple yards of it.”

Him: “Ok, cool. What are you going to do with it?”

Me: “Uhhhhhhhhh……”

Hey, it all works out! Anywho, I thought how cute the fox and the owl would be if they were toys and that’s just what I ended up doing! It’s quite an easy tutorial, so if your kids have any old graphic tees they’ve outgrown you now have a fun way to repurpose them, if you would like.

Side Note: I got these at Wal-Mart for $3.88 (I believe) so you could go check there if you don’t happen to have a graphic tee or sweater.

I started by laying them each flat and then cut through both front and back around the graphic, leaving about a 1/2 inch around the edges.


Then I put right sides together and drew as close of an approximation of the graphic as I could and pinned the pieces together. You don’t have to be dead on with your tracing, I just wanted to know how far out to place my stitch when I began showing.


Now just sew front and back together leaving about a 2 inch gap for flipping inside out and stuffing with poly-fil.

Then I stuffed my little woodland buddies with poly-fil and sewed the hole together, being careful to hide the stitching.


These could also be cute little decorative pillows for your kids bedrooms, although if I’m being honest, I don’t make their beds. I used to and it looked beautiful, but it somehow acted as a beacon to the little twerps to go jump on the beds and muss them up, even though they never jump on the bed when it’s messy. Like moths to a flame, y’all. Hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial!

Comment below with a picture of your finished product if you feel inspired by my post! I’d love to see what you come up with!

Izzy’s Quilt

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I started this project what feels like eons ago and managed to finish it in time for my daughters birthday in December. I don’t have any in-progress pictures (sorry!) but y’all can gander at the final product at least.

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I tried to incorporate some of the things I know she loves like Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street characters. I found all of the fabrics at Hobby Lobby except for the green checked fabric and the white strawberry print fabric, which I got at a thrift store. The owls were mainly for me because I have an unhealthy obsession with them! The rest are just cutesy fabrics I thought would go well. The back is flannel, so it should be pretty warm for her. At least, that’s the plan. I was pleased while I was working on it, because she would see the characters and get really excited and start saying, “Dora! Abby! Elmo!” in her sweet little voice and try to take the quilt squares from me. I knew I was on the right track 😉

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It’s been washed a few times so the yellow yarn is getting quite frayed. I may have to remove it at some point. Adding the yarn was the most irritating part of the whole project for whatever reason! It took me forever to get through this step, not because it was that difficult or time consuming, but because I would be over it after doing only three squares.

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The binding was a bit time consuming since I whip-stitched it by hand, but it was oddly soothing work. This went by much faster than I anticipated and was certainly more enjoyable than the stupid yarn step. Can you tell how much I loathed the yarn?! Ha!

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This was my first largeish quilting project and it was very satisfying for me to have made a whole blanket, albeit a tiny baby blanket. I’m hoping to continue on this route and make a large quilt at some point. Hope y’all have a great Wednesday! See you next time!