Sewing Projects by a Dad


I made a slew of elephants for Christmas presents this year. They are fun to make and kids really seem to enjoy them. So I’ve made another parade. Here is a selection of the different fabrics I used.

We have a really great sewing shop here in Hamilton – Needlework. When I need fabric and can organize our Saturday mornings to include a stop here, I love going to this shop. They have a well curated selection of fabric that is definitely inspiring.

So, a couple yards of fabric from Needlework and a bit left over from other projects around the house went into making these guys. I hope you like them.

Check them out in my Etsy store –



I guess it’s a good thing.

I finished the first beaver last night. I’m very happy with it.

Unfortunately, my 3 year old is insisting it’s his. I suppose that’s a good thing as it suggests kids will like them. However, it also puts me back a bit as I need to make another to put in my etsy store ( Ah well – making toys for my kids is why I got started with these projects. So that they enjoy them this much is kind of great.

Pics to follow soon!


Beaver pattern almost ready!

I made some small (and hopefully final!) adjustments to the pattern last night. Going to make one more tester and if all goes well, finalize the pattern. Then watch for the Beavers in my Etsy store in the next couple weeks.

It’s been an interesting process, developing this pattern. Some minor stumbles and misteps along the way, but I have finally worked out the kinks and have something I’m happy with. Of course, being the optimist I am, I thought I’d have this ready a couple weeks ago. But that its taken longer has made it better by giving me a critical distance from the results.

Oh, and its made the fun last longer too. 🙂

Have a great weekend!


Just picked up some fabric to make some Beavers

I cajoled the family into including a stop in a fabric store as part of our morning errands. Here are the two combinations that I’ll be using to make a batch of Beavers once that last few wrinkles are taken out of the pattern (no pun intended – but have you seen how the legs are turning out?!?

These are 100% cotton fabrics. I played it safe buying two sets of fabric in similar tones allowing the pattern to be the difference in each pair. Unlike some of the elephants, these little guys will be a little more subtle. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!

Fabric Combo 1

Floral with a gingham pairing.

Fabric Combo 2

Colourful floral with polk dots (to match the leaves).

Let me know what you think!


Beaver stuffed animal and pattern.

Mark II. Still some work to do on the legs, but getting there.

Look for the pattern and finished example in my shop next week!

All the best!



Happy Wednesday!!

I’ve been working on my stuffed beaver pattern. Its coming along well but things have been busy here so progress isn’t quite as fast as I’d like. Next step, though, is to get some fabric and make a finished prototype. Watch for that next week.

In the meantime, I’ve been looking at quilts and trying to decide what a good first pattern would be. I’ve been pinning my finds so check them out –

Stay tuned!



My first items are now available at my etsy shop.

Check them out –

Talk soon,


More inspiring projects


Quilted Bag by MrsMcPorkChop – @heyporkchop


Sparkler by freshlypieced

Pattern by @freshlypieced

Quilted by @SewKindofWonder

String Quilts

A string quilt uses up scrap fabric to create blocks. The name string is a bit misleading as the quilts all appear to be made of more sizeable scraps, but with my growing scrap bin, I totally understand the conflict of throwing out those ‘usable’ pieces and storing bin upon bin.

Check out a quick primer here via Quiltville

And two different string quilt looks –

Basket full of scraps

Quilt of selveges

Diamond Blocks

Silk Diamonds – Barbara Brackman “Material Culture”

Part two explaining how this quilt can be made is here.

Check out our Pinterest for more quilts – at the bottom or here.


I got interested in quilts and that is a total rabbit hole of the internets. A couple links :

Fresh Modern Quilts

In Colour Order


just to get you started….

%d bloggers like this: