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Mom made the platypus with fleece and flannel and stuffed him with flax seed so you can put him in the microwave to warm him up.She tested scraps of material in the microwave for 3 minutes on high with a cup of water first. Only heat for 1 1/2 minutes though. She over tested to make sure the fabric was okay for the microwave which it is and it only needs a minute and a half to warm up.

She made the cute little bunny out of an old t-shirt which my son will now play with! ūüôā

Mom calls the goose… Lucy Goosey. She made it out of a paint cloth from Home Depot and some of the orange fabric we love. That painter cloth was also used for the bench cover and rocker cover. Sure does get around!

And last but definitely not least as the giraffe is my son’s favorite! This is actually the second she’s had to make so far because he wore the first one out to bits is made out of flannel.

These are great gifts and even super cute to display in the baby room!

Stuffed Animals

My Mom made my son a giraffe stuffed animal and he loved it! He actually carried it around and played with it so much that I sent him to Mom’s house for repairs.

She just sent me a picture of a penguin that she made out of scrap material and I love it!¬†The colors are perfect and it’s just so adorable! These are great gifts for little ones and easy travel companions.

You can find this penguin pattern at http://www.purlbee.com/purl-bee-penguin/

Basic Steps:

  • Draw a pattern with a washable fabric marker of the animal on the back of the fabric.
  • Cut out figures on the outer drawn line.
  • Decorate the front and back sides as you want.
  • Pin the two patterns together right sides facing each other.
  • Remove pins and turn the animal inside out so the right sides are now facing you.
  • Fill the animal with stuffing until it is as firm as you want.
  • Push the extra fabric of the hole inside the stuffed animal and sew the gap shut.
  • Add other details such as ears, tails or clothing such as a scarf or vest as wanted.
~~A helpful hint… Mom used chop sticks to push the stuffing into the beak!~~

There are a lot of different patterns and tutorials at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=stuffed_animal

Baby Quilt

Mom had this material for DECADES!

She’d had it since we were children but with seven of us running around, quilting was not on her priority list!

She made this adorable quilt for my son Kyler and used old material (material she had from making a nighty for Grandma I think) for the binding. The back is flannel which gives it a warm and cozy feel.

I’m attaching a link for a free baby quilt pattern/tutorial.


Almost every city has a Quilting Guild.

Look in your local phone book and give them a call.

Quilters love sharing what they know and can steer you in the right direction for classes.

Some fabric stores also offer lessons themselves!

Grinch Quilt

Mom got this quilt idea from http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

She said there is a good tutorial on binding on the site as well.

Mom made two of these quilts, one for Dad and one for my husband. This quilt is a great size and super cute! My husband, baby and I can curl up in it with plenty of room.

This took her a couple weeks to finish and I know it was frustrating! Mainly because it was her first time quilting and she had to look up a lot of different quilting terms.

There are many pieces to this quilt and it takes patience, time and a heck of a lot of cutting!

I love how she did all of the decorative trim around each square, it must of taken awhile but it looks awesome.

She made my son Kyler a stocking with the left over material and it came out great!

You can purchase a quilt kit on amazon. She had to buy the backing material separately but Amazon had a lot of different Grinch prints to choose from.

Baby Tag Toy

This is a toy my mom made from scrap material in her crazy craft room and my son absolutely loves it!

http://www.joyshope.com/2009/05/baby-crinkle-square-tutorial.html Follow the link for an easy tutorial.

She put plastic under each animal for a crinkly texture and sound which is his favorite part!

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