Spectacular Softies Contest Rules + Prizes

on February 23 | in Contests & Giveaways, Sponsors + Partners | by | with 33 Comments

It’s 6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies and part of that fun is a Spectacular Softies Contest! You can enter your project into two categories. The winner of each category will receive a huge prize package full of fabric, gift certificates, thread, patterns, Polyfil and books. In addition to the four category prizes, our judges will select one Grand Prize Winner from among the entries to win a Pfaff Creative 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine, valued at $3,999! Yes, you read that right. You could win a beautiful NEW sewing machine! (Hop over to this post to read more about it.)

Rules and Eligibility

  • Softies must be made and shared between today and April 5. Do not enter something you made before today.
  • Post high-quality photos of your project on your blog, Instagram or Flickr.
  • Come back to Sew Mama Sew to enter your softie into one or two categories. (We’ll post the InLinkz widgets on the blog next week.) ENTER HERE.
  • Use #6WeeksOfSofties to share your work, find softie inspiration and more throughout the series.
  • Because the US division of Pfaff is contributing the sewing machine, we can only award the grand prize to a winner in the US or Canada. All other prize packages, however, can be shipped anywhere in the world.
  • Children and adults are all welcome to enter.
  • You can submit up to three softies. Each softie can go in 1 or 2 categories.
  • Softies must be primarily constructed using sewing techniques. Adding crochet, knit, or embroidery details for hands, face, hair, fur, clothing is fine, but the overall object should “read” as a sewn item.

Categories

There are FOUR contest categories. When you are ready, you can enter one or two:

  • This Is My First Stuffed Animal, Soft Toy or Cloth Doll
  • I Designed it Myself
  • Check Out These Details
  • Overall Cute/Scary/Beautiful/Squeezability Factor

There will be one winner from each of the categories. Our judges can select the grand prize winner from among any of the 4 categories, so there will be five winners altogether.


Prizes
We are so excited to tell you all about our fabulous contest prizes…

Grand Prize


Our Spectacular Softies Contest Grand Prize Winner will receive a Pfaff Creative 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine valued at $3,999! Read more here.

This Is My First Stuffed Animal, Soft Toy or Cloth Doll

This is the category to enter if you’re brand new to sewing softies.

This prize package includes:

  • Jaybird Night Sky Bundle from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Includes 16 Kona Cotton fat quarters selected by Julie Herman.
  • Package of Coats & Clark Dual Duty Thread. Includes 18 different spools of thread in a clear carrying case.
  • Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist by Kerry Goulder. Provided by F+W Media.
  • Pastel Cuddle Cake from Shannon Fabrics. Each Cuddle Cake include 20 10″ squares of pastel and neutral Cuddle minky fabric.
  • Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction by Abigail Patner Glassenberg. Provided by Lark Books.
  • Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go by Laura Wilson. Provided by Lark Books.
  • Gift Certificate for $25 to Fabric Depot online.
  • Package of Nature-Fil Blend Batting from Fairfield.
  • Package of Oly-Fun from Fairfield.
  • Bundle of 4 sewing patterns provided by Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac.
  • Lovey Dovey sewing pattern provided by Abby Glassenberg Designs.
  • Flora bundle of 30 fat quarters by Joel Dewberry. Provided by Free Spirit Fabric.
  • So Cute to Cuddle: 12 Easy Soft Toys and Stuffed Animal Sewing Patterns by Mariska Vos-Bolman. Provided by DIY Fluffies.
  • Bundle of 5 sewing patterns provided by DIY Fluffies.

I Designed It Myself

This is the category to enter if you didn’t use a pattern at all, or if you significantly modified a pattern.

This prize package includes:

  • Jaybird Night Sky Bundle from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Includes 16 Kona Cotton fat quarters selected by Julie Herman.
  • Package of Coats & Clark Dual Duty Thread. Includes 18 different spools of thread in a clear carrying case.
  • Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist by Kerry Goulder. Provided by F+W Media.
  • Pastel Cuddle Cake from Shannon Fabrics. Each Cuddle Cake include 20 10″ squares of pastel and neutral Cuddle minky fabric.
  • Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction by Abigail Patner Glassenberg. Provided by Lark Books.
  • Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go by Laura Wilson. Provided by Lark Books.
  • Gift Certificate for $25 to Fabric Depot online.
  • Package of Nature-Fil Blend Batting from Fairfield.
  • Package of Oly-Fun from Fairfield.
  • Bundle of 4 sewing patterns provided by Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac.
  • Lovey Dovey sewing pattern provided by Abby Glassenberg Designs.
  • Haute Girls bundle of 30 fat quarters by Dena Designs. Provided by Free Spirit Fabric.
  • Gift Certificate to Funky Friends Factory provided by Pauline McArthur.

Check Out These Details

This is the category to enter if you’re proud of the results of your doll’s accessories, your stuffed animal’s hand-cut fur, your monster’s embroidered face, etc.

This prize package includes:

  • Jaybird Night Sky Bundle from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Includes 16 Kona Cotton fat quarters selected by Julie Herman.
  • Package of Coats & Clark Dual Duty Thread. Includes 18 different spools of thread in a clear carrying case.
  • Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist by Kerry Goulder. Provided by F+W Media.
  • Pastel Cuddle Cake from Shannon Fabrics. Each Cuddle Cake include 20 10″ squares of pastel and neutral Cuddle minky fabric.
  • Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction by Abigail Patner Glassenberg. Provided by Lark Books.
  • Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go by Laura Wilson. Provided by Lark Books.
  • Gift Certificate for $25 to Fabric Depot online.
  • Package of Nature-Fil Blend Batting from Fairfield.
  • Package of Oly-Fun from Fairfield.
  • Bundle of 4 sewing patterns provided by Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac.
  • Lovey Dovey sewing pattern provided by Abby Glassenberg Designs.
  • Rustic Blush bundle of 30 fat quarters by Verna Mosquera. Provided by Free Spirit Fabric.
  • Creature Camp: Make Your Own 18 Softies to Draw, Sew & Stuff by Wendi Gratz. Provided by Shiny Happy World.

Overall Cute/Scary/Beautiful/Squeezability Factor

This is the category to enter if you love the overall effect of your softie.

This prize package includes:

  • Jaybird Night Sky Bundle from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Includes 16 Kona Cotton fat quarters selected by Julie Herman.
  • Package of Coats & Clark Dual Duty Thread. Includes 18 different spools of thread in a clear carrying case.
  • Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist by Kerry Goulder. Provided by F+W Media.
  • Pastel Cuddle Cake from Shannon Fabrics. Each Cuddle Cake include 20 10″ squares of pastel and neutral Cuddle minky fabric.
  • Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction by Abigail Patner Glassenberg. Provided by Lark Books.
  • Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go by Laura Wilson. Provided by Lark Books.
  • Gift Certificate for $25 to Fabric Depot online.
  • Package of Nature-Fil Blend Batting from Fairfield.
  • Package of Oly-Fun from Fairfield.
  • Bundle of 4 sewing patterns provided by Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac.
  • Chinoiserie Chic bundle of 30 fat quarters by Dena Designs. Provided by Free Spirit Fabric.
  • Bundle of 2 sewing patterns provided by Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy.
  • Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing: 18 Easy Sewing Projects for DIY Gifts and Toys from Fabric Remnants by Kim Kruzich. Provided by Retro Mama.

Facebook Giveaways: 

In addition to sponsored prize packages, throughout the month we’ll have giveaways on the blog and our Facebook page.

So what do you think? Are you up for 6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies with our Spectacular Softies Contest? Start sewing and sharing (#6WeeksOfSofties)! Tomorrow we’ll tell you about our Soft Toy Drive to benefit children in foster care with The National Foster Parent Association. Everyone who sends a softie to us will have their name put in a drawing for a beautiful doll, donated by Bamboletta!

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33 Responses to Spectacular Softies Contest Rules + Prizes

  1. Amanda says:

    Someone posted a link to this contest in a Facebook group earlier today, and it looks really cool. Two questions about entering; does a Tumblr blog qualify, and can I make a My Little Pony softie with a pattern I bought on Etsy (dollphinwing)?

  2. Khara Gossage says:

    HI I am working on a stuffy for the contest and would like to know more on how it is judged, who the judges are and what specific they are looking for. Also when will the winners be chosen?Thanks Khara

  3. Sharon says:

    Sorry if this is really similar to some of the questions above, but can I enter my first softie made on a sewing machine under the “first stuffed animal” category? I have previously hand sewn (once, several years back)/crocheted/knitted stuffed animals, so I have a bit of experience making them, but this was my first attempt with a sewing machine. I just don’t want to accidentally enter my softie in the wrong category, so thank you in advance for the clarification!

    • Kristin says:

      That’s fine. If it feels like a new-to-you experience, it’s fine with us.

  4. yvonne says:

    Hello there I sent my crafty sheep image to Crafty Corner Cafe on Google who sent me a link to your competition. I have ensured to add #6weeksofsofties and returned back to the link but don’t know where to enter for which catogery. I would so love to join in on the fun. Thank you

  5. Zena Medina says:

    Hello and thank you for this great contest!! I have checked the roules out and I see Only us+Canadá citizens could get the wonderful Pfaff. Just An apretiation, if other prizes can be sent to anywhere in the world, have you thought about the possibility of the winner paying shipments costs for the machine if interested?
    Thank you again and greetings from Spain!

  6. Stephanie says:

    This is so fun! I wish the timing didn’t coincide with my due date – I doubt I’ll get my act together to submit anything. But I love watching the posts, and I linked the contest on my social sewing calendar! http://swoodsonsays.com/sew-a-long-calendar/

  7. Maïlys says:

    Okay, thanks!
    I’m sorry, I have another question (last one, promise!)
    A few friends of mine would like to participate in this contest, but they don’t have flickr, or instagram. Can I host them on my blog, for convenience, or would that be too complicated for you?

  8. Hilarie says:

    Hi! Since these are for children, are there “toy” specific guidelines that we need to be mindful of when choosing fabric and materials? I apologize if this has already been addressed.
    Best,
    Hilarie

    • Kristin says:

      They haven’t specifically restricted us in any way, but of course “soft”, “new”, “odorless”, and “safe” are the guidelines.

  9. Maïlys says:

    Hi!
    This is such an amazing opportunity! Thank you so much

    I do have a question though. Do flat toys count? I mean, like tag blankets? I don’t know how to call them in english. Those flat toys that young children cuddle with?

    • Kristin says:

      Good question. We were thinking more along the lines of 3D toys, not blankets.

  10. Athaclena says:

    I happen to be sewig a softie right now, but I’m not actually sure if it counts as my first try – I have made a stuffed carrot previously but it was crocheted. Also a crocheted artichoke. I don’t remember ever sewing a real softie (I did sew a tiny pillow once).
    It is hand sewn – does that make a difference? – and very much an amatuer softie. It’s for a costume (the local halloween is coming up).
    I guess it won’t hurt to try, even if I need to open a flickr or instagram account for it (pity facebook isn’t enough, though)

    • Kristin says:

      If the others don’t seem the same as what you’re sewing now, then I’d say this could be your first softie. 😉

  11. Jessica says:

    I am so excited to try this! I have been wanting to make a softie for my baby girl for awhile but just haven’t pulled myself together and started, I think this contest will be a kick in the pants to get going!
    Now if the kiddos will let me sew without destroying the house…

  12. Natalia says:

    “good” place, sorry I’m on my phone

  13. Natalia says:

    Does Facebook page counts as a hook place for sharing?

    • Kristin says:

      I just ran a test and unfortunately Inlinkz, the tool we use for submitting the photos and links, doesn’t seem to recognize the images in Facebook. If you don’t have a blog, then I encourage you to set up a free Flickr account.

  14. Deborah says:

    So exciting!
    Is it only US people? Or is it worldwide?
    And if it’s so, how would we receive the prizes?

    Can we subscribe more than one softie? Or it’s only one?
    Tks! 🙂

    • Kristin says:

      Check the Rules and Eligibility section in the post. All your questions are answered there.

  15. PennyDog says:

    I’m not in the US or Canada but I do have a Canadian forwarding address, can I still enter?

    • Kristin says:

      You can enter the contest no matter what because we will ship the four category packages anywhere in the world. With the sewing machine, however, I’m not sure…I don’t know how international forwarding addresses work. I would think that as long as Pfaff can ship to your Canadian address and it isn’t a PO Box, then that would be fine. You might have to make some special arrangements for the sewing machine to be shipped to you from there.

  16. Jennifer in MA says:

    If you don’t have a blog, intragram or flickr are you still able to enter? It looks like a really fun contest!

    • Kristin says:

      Well, you have to have some place where you can post multiple photos of your project. When you enter, you’ll have to link to something so the judges can click through and possibly see more pictures. If you upload your photos to a site that’s not Flickr, but is similar and the photos are public then that would work too.

  17. EmSewCrazy says:

    Fun! Maybe this will be the push I need to make up the gift for my Best friend’s new baby!

  18. leanne says:

    sounds awesome !! time to make some softies !!

  19. ~T~ says:

    Would you accept crocheted softies for either the contest or the toy drive?

    • Kristin says:

      Good question. Since this is a sewing blog, I’ll have to say no to the contest, buy yes to the toy drive. Thank you for asking!

  20. I’m not quite clear on the definition of a “Softie.” Do the contest entries have to be 100% sewn, or could they also be knitted or crocheted? Is there an age requirement, i.e. no button eyes? Do they have to be all-new material?

    • Kristin says:

      Great questions. I’m sorry I didn’t think to answer them before. I’ve added these bullets to the rules.
      Softies must be primarily constructed using sewing techniques. Adding crochet, knit, or embroidery details for hands, face, hair, fur, clothing is fine, but the overall object should “read” as a sewn item.
      Items can be constructed using new or used materials.

  21. Maggie says:

    I am very excited about this! I was just thinking of a doll design this morning, so I better get it made and entered!

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