Kerry Goulder has a new book out called “Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love” (currently available on Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Nobles) and it is absolutely darling! I’m so happy to be one of the twenty participating in the book tour.
The book is full of 18 different toy patterns and wow is there a variety! Each toy was created with a story along with the encouragement to write your own story about the things that you make. I let my oldest pick what I should make first and she picked the Mouse Pals: Sherbert and Pistachio.
Kerry shares a beautiful story about how these mice are the gnomes helpers, gathering firewood and berries. But, they never pass up a chance to play before work! As I was making these, I thought of the stories my girls would create themselves. And sure enough, after they awoke from nap time what sweet stories I heard and saw come to life!
Miss J awoke first and decided they would be called Gazelle and Philipe. They were married and best friends. She made them a home from her blocks and dialogued their conversations. Then when miss E came out and Philipe became hers. Her little mouse was soon finding a bed in a shoe that looks like a cat and being lovingly called a bear. They played and played with their mice and even brought them with us when we went out later.
The pattern was incredibly easy to sew up, although I was a bit intimidated by the small size at first. But since I had a quick turn tool c/o Dritz, it made the process a breeze! The directions were also so clear with great pictures to help. I let the girls choose their favorite prints from the ones that we were sent (The Lottie Da Collection by Heather Bailey c/o Free Spirit…ps Heather Bailey wrote the forward to the book so you know it’s good!). I learned a few new techniques as well, my favorite new one being how make embroidered eyes like this. I can’t wait to dive into some more projects now! The girls already have picked out quite a few they want me to make them. Below are a few I really like and look forward to making:
Not only did I get to receive a very wonderful book, but I also received all kinds of goodies to make it possible to make every project in this book! So let me share some love because these products rock and will make creating toys a lot easier. Trust me. I know. Where have these been my whole sewing life? Or more like, why haven’t I bought these yet? ha!
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Dritz1. Quick Turn Tools
3. Seam Ripper
4. Doll Needles
5. Craft Needles
6. Straight Ball Pins
7. Fabric Marking Pen
8. Bamboo Point Turner