At Sew Mama Sew we’re proud of the variety of projects, tutorials, tips and inspiration we are able to bring you. Our archives are full of quilt blocks, pillow tutorials, garment tips and lots and lots of free patterns for unique gifts. One thing we’ve never explored in depth, however, is the art of making soft toys. Perhaps we’ve shied away from all those small parts and the three-dimensional sewing. Maybe we’ve tried to focus on more utilitarian items. Possibly we’re doing too much selfish sewing. Recently, however, we’ve felt up to the challenge of making softies– plush, soft toys and cloth dolls– and we hope you are too! Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we’d love for you to join us in making something just for the challenge and the fun of it. You can’t wear it, carry things in it or enter it in a quilt show, but you can experience great joy and put a a smile on someone’s face by simply sewing a softie.

So without further adieu, welcome to 6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies! We’ll still bring you the great mix of sewing projects you know and love at Sew Mama Sew, but we also have lots of fantastic posts focused on softies. Over the next month and a half we’ll have:

  • Free patterns, tutorials, tips and techniques from some of the best softies experts in the business.
  • A daily inspirational soft toy or doll.
  • The Spectacular Softies Contest: We have contest categories for everyone, from first-time softie makers to plush and doll designers. You can enter to win fabric, books, thread, patterns, polyfil or even the Grand Prize, a Pfaff Creative 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine valued at $3,999! No, we aren’t kidding! (Learn more tomorrow.)
  • A Soft Toy Drive to benefit children in foster care. Help us bring smiles to the faces of foster kids throughout the US by making and contributing a soft toy or cloth doll. Everyone who sends a softie to us will have their name put in a drawing for a beautiful doll, donated by Bamboletta! (Learn more Tuesday.)

There are dozens of of extremely talented plush and doll designers and pattern makers running successful small business, writing informative books and creating beautiful, whimsical, cute or quirky softies. We asked many of the very best to join us this month and we’re thrilled they graciously agreed:

Abby Glassenberg of Abby Glassenberg Designs

Annette Huval of Oliver Rabbit

Betz White

Carley Biblin of Making It Up As I Sew Along

Christina of Bamboletta

Erin Weiss of Boolah Baguette

Helen of Bustle & Sew

Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls

Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac

Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy

Kim Kruzich of Retro Mama

LiEr of Ikat Bag

Mariska Vos-Bolman of DIY Fluffies

Mimi Kirchner

Pauline McArthur of Funky Friends Factory

Sarah of Dolls & Daydreams

Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

What a lineup! Be sure to check in every day to learn and be inspired.

Spread the word! Please tell your friends about our series, our contest and our toy drive and tag your posts with #6WeeksOfSofties so we can see what you’re making. We can’t wait to see what you create!