Swoodson Says – Roly Poly Critters and Sew Desu Ne – Mewnicorn

Welcome to Day 4 of the Best Christmas Toy Sewing Patterns Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. This blog tour is based on the blog post Best Homemade Toys to Make for Christmas Presents, and is sponsored by Phat Quarters and Seamingly Smitten! Stick around to the end for a link to a GIVEAWAY!Today I’m featuring two different sewing pattern: Roly Poly Critters by Swoodson Says and Mewnicorn by Sew Desu Ne.DSC_0154.JPGLet’s talk about the Roly Poly Critters PDF Sewing Pattern by Swoodson Says first. With this pattern you can make four different little creatures: panda, sloth, fox, and raccoon. I opted to make only the sloth and the raccoon. I also opted to do the whites of the eyes with fabric paint instead of cutting them out of fabric. You can see that the sloth’s eyes were touched by a very impatient three year old before they were dry. He just couldn’t wait. He wanted to cuddle and squish that sloth so bad. The finished pattern creates a fun little ball of a critter that is roughly 7″ across and tall. Obviously your choice of fabric and how much stuffing you put in your critter will effect the overall size of your finished product. More on fabric choice in a bit. DSC_0169See those little eye smudges. Ugh, what a guy. He’s so cute, so I had to forgive him. DSC_0180I filled the raccoon more full than I did the sloth, which is why it looks taller in all the photos, and the sloth looks more square and squashed down. The fabric for the sloth was also stretchier than that of the raccoon. Fabric choice will effect your overall look as well. More on fabric choice in a bit, again. I decided to add a little festiveness to the raccoon and added some Christmas Spirit essential oil blend before ladder stitching the raccoon shut. My sister, Sarah, noticed how nicely the raccoon smelt right away. Speaking of ladder stitching, this pattern mentions doing one, but doesn’t show how. I love ladder stitching, and you can find great instructions on how to do it with a quick google search.Photo 2017-12-05, 12 21 27 PM.jpgThis pattern is easy peasy. Very beginner friendly. And Baby Asher approved.Photo 2017-12-10, 12 43 09 PMThe Mewnicorn is a FREE pattern offered by Sew Desu Ne. Choly, the genius behind Sew Desu Ne, rates the pattern a 3/10. I’d agree with her. It is fairly simple, but there are a lot of details to the pattern. As with the Roly Poly Critters, I opted to finish off some of these details with fabric paints – like the whites of the eyes, the mouth, and the paw pads. I also enhanced the horn with some glittery fabric paint. You should have seen me panic when Mewnicorn was missing from my ironing board in the morning after doing this painting. Thankfully she was dry when my three year old boy stole her away. No smudges this time. Photo 2017-12-10, 12 31 49 PMLook at those cute little paw pads!Photo 2017-12-10, 12 34 35 PMThere are a few different facial feature options for the Mewnicorn. As well, the accents of the bangs and tail are optional. Within the PDF, Choly offers a great explanation of how the types of fabric chosen for this project will effect the overall look of the finished product. To summarize, stretch fabrics like fleece and minky will make a more squat, round shape, much like the sloth above. Non-stretch fabrics will look more elongated when stuffed, like the raccoon above. It’s a great explanation in the PDF. See, told you we’d talk about fabric choice again. Photo 2017-12-10, 12 34 20 PMThe Roly Poly Critters PDF Sewing Pattern can be purchased on Swoodson Says’ website, or on Etsy. The FREE Mewnicorn PDF Sewing Pattern can be found on Sew Desu Ne’s website, or on Craftsy. Who will you sew them up for? I made the raccoon and sloth Roly Poly Critters for my nephew, Asher. I’ll have to add the fox and panda to his collection soon. I’ll also have to make a sloth for my boy, as he was pretty broken up about giving it to his cousin. The Mewnicorn was made for my niece, Emily, who had a fever at the time photos were taken and didn’t make it on to the blog. The Mewnicorn was the most fought over item in the house. I’m sure each child absconded with her at one point. Photo 2017-12-07, 11 03 21 AMThanks for stopping by the blog, and don’t forget to stop by the other stops on the tour.

  1. December 11th: Intro by Seams Sew Lo
  2. December 12th: Stitched by Jennie
  3. December 13th: Sewing Blue
  4. December 14th: Manning the Machine
  5. December 15th: Threadistry
  6. December 18th: Sew Cucio
  7. December 19th: Oak Blue Designs
  8. December 20th: Kathy’s Quilts and More
  9. December 21st: Just Delphine
  10. December 22nd: Sewing by Ti
  11. Decmeber 23rd: Seams Sew Lo

A big shout out to the sponsors of this blog tour, Phat Quarters and Seamingly Smitten, for the awesome giveaway that can be found at the bottom of Seam Sew Lo‘s blog post.


Photo 2017-12-07, 11 04 28 AM


About manningthemachine

I'm Laura. Mama to four, and wife to one awesome guy. I'm ever so slightly sarcastic. Just a little bit. I like to quote movies, but since our house is managed by little people, most of those quotes come from kiddie shows. At least my husband generally gets the references. It makes me feel less awkward. I took sewing lessons starting at the age of 8, through the Kids Can Sew program. I took lessons for four or five years. Then I became a snotty teen and decided sewing was lame. I've repented of my ways, and enjoy sewing for my little ones. And sometimes other people. And almost never for myself. Oh hey. My blog name. "Manning The Machine." I think it's probably only funny if you know me in real life. And even then, maybe it is only funny to me. My last name is Manning. This is a blog about my sewing. Manning The (Sewing) Machine. Do you get it? Do you? No. That's fine. I think it's funny even if you don't.
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9 Responses to Swoodson Says – Roly Poly Critters and Sew Desu Ne – Mewnicorn

  1. They all look great, I can’t blame your 3 year old for being anxious to squeeze that cute sloth! Adding the essential oils is such a great idea, will the oil last for awhile?


  2. Seams Sew Lo says:

    These are adorable!! You did a great job. I love those little pink paw prints!


  3. phatquarters says:

    So cute! I love that you put some essential oils in there. Such a great idea!


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  6. Adding essential oils for scent is a fun idea! Adding a video for doing ladder stitch is on my 2018 goal list, ha, thanks for sewing up my pattern. That mewnicorn is TOO CUTE, too!


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  8. Cute! They must love them!


  9. Delphine says:

    Lovely and original gifts, love them


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