Softie Goodness Abounds & Free Owl Cushion Softie Pattern!

Posted Thursday 1 October 2009 and filed under: Craft: Softies & Dolls,Freebies & Tutorials,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

Have you heard the good news?? The annual Softies for Mirabel appeal is now on for 2009!

Organised by Pip, Softies for Mirabel seeks softies and dolls handmade by YOU. Pip will collect them and they will be donated to the Mirabel Foundation at Christmas, who will in turn distribute them to children affected by parental illicit drug use. This is a great opportunity to use your creativity for a worthy and invaluable cause.

For all the details, please go over to Pip’s here. Donations need to arrive at Mike’s by December 10 – that’s PLENTY of time to pick a softie to make, cut up the peices, sew it up, and make it lovely!

Also in softie news, The Toy Society have started organising the co-ordinated Christmas Toy Drop for this year. If you want to be kept in the loop on progress and details, make sure you’ve got their website bookmarked. I understand a mailing list for the Christmas Toy Drop 2009 will be up shortly. Also, have you heard that they had their first ever toy drop in IRAQ? How awesome is that?!

I’ve realised that I haven’t put up a freebie in quite a while so to celebrate all this softie goodness I hope you will enjoy this new free Softie Pattern: Oh-Oh the Owl Cushion :-)

I made him originally for my nephew and he came together really quickly so I thought it might be a good project to share.

You can download the pattern (instructions and template) by clicking here (it’s a PDF file).

Please excuse my hand-drawn template pieces – I really wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible so I haven’t had a chance to polish up the templates but hopefully they will make sense to you! :-)

He is super easy to make and there is a lot of scope to play with and combine different fabrics and prints. Feel free to make one (or more) for the Mirabel and the Toy Society appeals!

P.S. You can also find a whole heap of free softie patterns and softie-making tips over at the Softie Making website!

◘ Don’t forget that the September Sale is now at the One Red Robin Shoppe! 15% off softies and cushions and a 2-for-1 offer on all art prints (i.e. buy one and get one free!). Ends October 2nd!

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33 Responses to “Softie Goodness Abounds & Free Owl Cushion Softie Pattern!”

  1. spring Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous owl, thank you for making it available to all.


  2. Christy Says:

    What a beautiful owl! Thank you for sharing with all of us. You’re the best!


  3. Tracy C Says:

    You have a heart of gold! Thanks for sharing all the heads-ups plus the totally darling owl pattern.


  4. Selina Says:

    He is a beautiful owl. And thanks for the heads up about Mirabel.


  5. Fiona Says:

    Oh wow, he’s cute.

    Guess I can whip out my sewin machine sometime this spring – gotta start nephew planning gifts myself!


  6. Hannie Says:

    Thank you for the pattern, Jhoanna, you’re such a sweetie. He is kind of looking sad in a sturdy way don’t you think? Like James Dean always looked, like a sturdy bitten underdog (LOL). He will be nice in girlie colors as well. Although ….. that might be too much for him, hahaha. It’s remarkable they have their own personalities, isnt it?
    Kind regards from The Netherlands,


  7. Anne Weaver Says:

    Ohhh… he’s a CUTIE!! I love those big eyes of his!

    I posted a link to your free pattern on Craft Gossip Sewing:



  8. deb roby Says:

    LOVE your owl softie. LOVE the toys being collected -and passed out in Iraq?- fabulous.

    Will be highlighting this story -and this blogpost- in an article on BlogHer Wednesday to spread the word.


  9. Linda Says:

    oh he is such a cutie Jhoanna thank you so much for sharing him


  10. Yarrow Says:

    super cuteness!! I adore the droopy eyes.


  11. Rachel Says:

    Aww, thanks SO much! He is so cute, I love the eyes and the hair- he has the same hair as my Grampa! Very cool. I’ll be linking.


  12. Bianca Says:

    Hey Jho, great Softie! I think TTS peeps will love this.


  13. Brigitte Says:

    I LOVe it! What a cute little owl, I can’t wait to make it. Thanks for sharing!


  14. Tingaling Says:

    THANK YOU for this great tutorial! I made two – quickly and easily!


  15. Kristin Says:

    Great Owl!


  16. Silvia Says:

    Wow! Thanks for this tutorial!! It’s a wonderful softie!


  17. saffiertje Says:

    Wohoh… what a cutie! Soon will start make one for a little baby that will be born.


  18. heidy Says:

    Thank you for this free owl!
    It is very generous from you :-)



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