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!