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!