This is “Hetty The Hippo” a knitted toy I made for a new baby based on the Amanda Berry pattern Higgins The Hippo. The only difference from the original pattern is that I added a bow and embroidered the eyes rather than using buttons as it was a gift for a baby girl. The bow was made from a long thin strip of knitting sewn into a loop with a smaller strip sewn around the middle.
Here’s a simple design for a congratulations card created with stamps.
I cut out a heart shape from a piece of scrap card and laid it over the area where I wanted to place the heart. Then with some red ink I used a set of edging stamp designs to fill in the heart shape. I found that stamping closer together produced a more defined heart shape.
Here’s a lovely alternative idea for a father’s day card. Some pull out “Happy Father’s Day” bunting. I found the original idea on pinterest which links to the instructions on this site www.modernparentsmessykids.com but I think it’s a good design for us big kids to make for our Dad’s too.
I made this little soft toy robot for a friend’s first baby and I was inspired to make the card to match. I’ve added some images showing how to make the toy robot below.
The robot was simply made of 6 sewn cubes. For each cube stitch together 6 squares on the reverse leaving one side open for stuffing. Turn right side out and stuff. Close the open seam with a hidden stitch.
Make 4 small cubes for the arms and legs one large cube for the head and a medium cube (slightly smaller than the head) for the body. Attach the arms legs and head to the body. First securely sew the body to the head. For the arms attached them along one edge so they can move but for the legs attach along the 4 top edges so they remained in place.
Here’s a collection of cards I created using my custom made candle stamp. I’ve found that it’s a really useful stamp to have as it can be used to quickly create simple birthday card designs. Also it I think it works really well with coloured stars made with a star shaped punch.
I knitted this little puppy from a pattern I found on Pinterest. It’s called Pupster, was created by FuzzyMitten.com and can be purchased on Ravelry.
It was a really quick and simple pattern to follow. I decided to embroider the eyes open as I made it as a gift for a new baby. The original pattern has instructions for a jumper but I decided instead to give him a green scarf to keep him warm which was simply a length knitted in sticking stitch. I also decided to make him all one colour apart from his snout. The original pattern has instructions to have different colour patches on his hands, feet and tail also. Due to the simplicity of the pattern it was easy to make this change so not only is it a good pattern to follow but also a versatile one.