Meet Freddie and Mike (the Knight), our latest handmade cuddly family members! I stitched these guys up for Charlie and Jamie using the Bit of Whimsy Fritter Frog pattern. I chose the larger “daddy” version, and they’re the perfect size for cuddling or using as a pillow. (I’m thinking they’ll be great to have in the car for our trip next month!)
Isn’t it odd that I don’t really care for store-bought stuffed toys at all, but I LOVE creating handmade stuffed critters for my littles? Charlie and Jamie named them. Freddie is Jamie’s frog. He likes alliteration almost as much as his mom. Mike (the Knight) is Charlie’s. He just likes Mike the Knight. (Poor Charlie is actually curled up on the couch recovering from a nasty stomach bug and watching Mike the Knight right now.) These two were the fastest and easiest stuffies that I’ve ever sewn. I just pinned the eyes and tummy on and stitched them down about 1/4″ from the edges using a short stitch length and leaving the edges raw. Because I used the larger “daddy” frog pattern, they’re big, and I was able to stitch the legs to the inside like the arms, leaving an opening between the legs for stuffing. Then, instead of stitching across the bottom, I closed the opening between the legs with a ladder stitch.
I actually have this pattern out on my work table so that I can cut out a few more for this month’s Hopeful Threads Fluff for Foster Care project! I just need more stuffing!