Designed & Made by J: Bruno the Raccoon

We started a new series in October called Designed & Made by J.  This is a challenge to me to take the time to help my daughter, miss J, recreate one of her designs each month. She was always asking me to make her things, so I figured why not involve her as much as she wants and can for her age? This was suppose to be for last month, but I confess I got caught up in trying to make a pattern for it like we did Ellie. I decided that I just can’t fit in making a new pattern each month to share in the way I would like to, so I will just be sharing what she does. I hope that it inspires you to take time to create with your little one, no matter how small or elaborate.

Real life raccoon picture from here

Above it our inspiration board. We began with her making a drawing. She’s been on a raccoon and skunk kick lately, so I bet the skunk will be what she wants next! We went through my stash and found some fleece material to use and she picked out the eyes.


Then I created a pattern, trying to keep it as close to her drawing as possible.


She didn’t want to trace the pattern on the fabric this time, but she did sit on my lap and help with a little bit of sewing.


Bruno has been all over our yard and house since being made. Miss E (little sis) keeps trying to get him as well! Let’s see if I can get in one this month. I’m hoping we can, but I cannot believe how busy this month has been! Please share if you made something with your little one last month :) I would love to see!
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  1. says

    Awesome. That is one cute raccoon. (I think you forgot to give your helper credit in the title :) )

    Miss E. I think you will be a designer just like your mom!

    • says

      Oops! I didn’t clarify very well :) It is my oldest, miss J, who designs and helps make it (I just added that to the post). Miss E is the baby, trying to get her hands on everything that belongs to big sis. Thank you so much :) I will tell her!

  2. Erin V. says

    I really enjoy your blog. This is my first time commenting. I’m always sad when you have to take a break! :)
    I have a 2 month old son and I can’t wait for him to be big enough to imagine some creatures and draw them. It will be so much fun to make something from scratch like your adorable animals!

  3. says

    I wish I could just come up with a pattern like that! We are sticking to puppet and puppet theater making. My daughter and I made a Winnie the Witch puppet, I only helped with the papermache and she did the rest. She made curtains for the theater, sewing on my machine for the first time, she was so excited. I love sharing my passion for crafting with my children, that’s what my mum did with my sister and me and hopefully my girls will continue this tradition. Thank you for your inspirations!

  4. says

    This is totally adorable! I love making things my son designs. Not that I could come up with this design as well as you did. I do want to learn to make stuffies more professional looking like this!

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