Without further ado, the winners of our Spectacular Softies Contest!

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

Winner:

Anika and Annabelle

Noël Matchet posted wonderful progress shots of her pair, Anika and Annabelle, on Instagram, including a half-finished elephant and the caption “My first attempt at embroidery.” Holy smokes, we think you’re a natural, Noël! And the top knot on Anika? Gah, so cute! Both characters turned out great and together they are a truly amazing and imaginative duo. They may be her first softies, but we hope they’re not her last.

The prizes package:

  • 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.

Category: I Designed It Myself

Winner:

Silkie Chickens

If you’ve ever seen a silkie chicken in real life, chances are that you thought to yourself, “It looks like a softie!” Our judges loved Stephanie Pecor’s cuddly take on these whimsical animals. Being from #Portlandia, we want to adopt these cuties and give them happy forever homes. Check out Stephanie’s work on her blog, Fleece Menagerie.

The prize package:

  • 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

Winner:

Louis and Nell

Needless to say, “details” is the key word here! Louis & Nell, created by Deborah Fisher, were impeccably created down to their underwear! Our judges voted for them in both categories in which they were submitted, but it was the shoes, the art supplies, the clothes, the hair and the embroidered camisole that shot them to the top of the Details category. View Louis and Nell in their skivvies on Deborah’s blog, and check out her book, Sew Fun: 20 Projects For the Whole Family. 

The prize package:

  • 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

Winner:

Alice in Wonderland + White Rabbit

Maybe it’s the heart, or the striped socks, or the rosy cheeks. Whatever it is, our judges just couldn’t resist that je ne sais quoi factor when it came to this pair. In fact, Anabel Félix seems to be able to regularly tap into that thing that makes you want to collect cute softies, no matter your age. Witness the dozens of examples in her shop, blita. (You’ve been joyfully warned.)

The prize package:

  • 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.

Grand Prize

Winner:

Archer the Fox

Michelle White’s Archer the Fox placed in the top two in both categories she entered, and was an overall favorite of many of the judges. The cute self-made pattern, the stellar execution, the wonderful details and the unique, retro-but-current (It’s 1973 Disney! And it’s a fox!) design all contributed to the charming, grand prize-worthy effect. Read more about Archer (and the very sweet back story) on Michelle’s blog, Falafel and the Bee.

The Prize:


The prize: a Pfaff Creative 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine valued at $3,999! Read more here.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! It took us days to calculate the votes and determine the final winners. We wish we had dozens of prize packages to give away!

And thank you to our judges who took time out of their busy schedules to scrutinize the 500+ entries and choose our winners:

You can see all the wonderful entries in the Spectacular Softies Contest here.

Finally, thank you to all our sponsors!

Don’t forget that we are accepting donations for the Soft Toy Drive to benefit children in foster care through the end of the month. See this post for all the details.