So Sweet Love Candy Cutie Tutorial

on February 2 | in Contests & Giveaways, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 157 Comments

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Susan Cousineau from Sweet Chic Design designed the So Sweet Love fabric collection for Marcus Fabrics. She also designed this So Sweet Love Candy Cutie tutorial, with free PDF templates so you can whip up your own candy cuties before Valentine’s Day! So Sweet Love is a fresh and modern, love-inspired collection with hearts, florals and polka dot coordinates, just right for adding a bit of love to your projects year-round.

Learn all about Susan’s work in her Marcus Fabrics bio, and check out her other fabric collections: Polka Dot Pond and Magical Mermaid. Susan also has a Keepsake Card tutorial on the Marcus Fabrics blog, also featuring the So Sweet Love fabric collection.

Marcus Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle of So Sweet Love! (U.S. addresses only this time around, please.) Just comment below for a chance to win!

Fill this little cutie’s arms with candy for someone special!


Fabric: (So Sweet Love collection by Lollipop Rainbow for Marcus Fabrics)

  • Nine 3-1/2” squares (for body)
  • 9-1/2” X 7” piece (for head)
  • 9-1/2” X 16” piece (for backing)
  • Remnants for ears, arms, legs + applique pieces
  • Centennial Solids: Marshmallow, Black + 1930’s Red (for eyes, pupils, nose + cheek appliqué pieces)

Other Materials:

  • PDF Templates
  • Lightweight paper-backed fusible webbing
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Cotton batting (for ears)
  • Two tiny white buttons (1/4” – 3/8”)
  • Disappearing ink marking pen (to trace mouth)
  • Straight pins
  • Thread
  • Standard sewing tools + equipment: sewing machine, scissors, pencil or marking pen, rotary cutter, ruler + sewing mat, iron and ironing board, hand sewing needle


  • Organza drawstring favor bag, assorted chocolates + small bow

Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″.

1. Cut the following pieces out of fabric (pictured from left to right):

  • 9-1/2” X 16” piece (for backing)
  • 9-1/2” X 7” piece (for head)
  • Nine 3-1/2” squares (for body)

2. Place the nine squares into a pleasing arrangement so that there is contrast between the colors and print styles.

3. Sew the first row of squares together. Press seams.

4. Continue sewing the second and third rows of squares together. Press seams.

5. Sew the three rows together into a nine patch square. Press seams.

6. Sew head onto top of pieced square. Press seams.

7. Using templates, trace appliqué pieces (patch on head, eyes, pupils, nose and cheeks) onto paper side of fusible webbing. Cut out traced pieces approximately 1/4″ to 1/2″ larger on all sides. Referring to manufacturer’s instructions, use iron to fuse pieces (paper side up) onto wrong side of fabric. Cut out pieces on traced lines.

8. Remove paper backing, then fuse appliqué pieces onto head.

9. Sew around edges of appliqué pieces. Stitch mouth then sew buttons onto each cheek.

10. Using templates, cut four ear pieces out of fabric and two ear pieces out of cotton batting. Appliqué inner ears onto two of the ear pieces.

11. Pin ear pieces right sides together on top of batting. Sew around curved edge leaving bottom straight edge open. Clip curves. Turn and press. Baste bottom openings of ears closed.

12. Using templates, cut four arm pieces and four leg pieces out of fabric.

13. Pin arm and leg pieces right sides together. Sew around pieces leaving bottom straight edge open. Clip curves. Turn and press. Stuff arms and legs firmly with polyester fiberfill.

14. Baste bottom openings of arms and legs closed.

15. Pin ears, arms and legs facing inwards right side down and raw edges even.

16. Baste ears, arms and legs to secure them onto main body piece. Remove pins.

17. Pin front piece and backing right sides together with the ears, arms and legs sandwiched in between.

18. Sew around edges leaving a large enough opening at the bottom for turning and stuffing. Turn and press. Stuff firmly with fiberfill.

19. Stitch opening closed.

20. For a sweet touch, fill an organza drawstring favor bag with yummy treats then attach bag onto critter’s arm. Accent bag with small bow. Your little cutie pie will LOVE this special delivery!

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157 Responses to So Sweet Love Candy Cutie Tutorial

  1. Amy says:

    Love, love, love the fabric color combinations! Soooooo sweet!

  2. Great fabrics and they would fit perfectly into the quilt I just started.
    Such a cute little guy. Just right for my granddaughter.

  3. Lisa blanchard says:

    Love the tutorial, love the fabrics! Awesome gift for our special little ones on Valentine’s Day!

  4. Judy says:

    That is so cute and the fabric is sweet also!

  5. Debbie D says:

    The most adorable fabric and the cutest softie!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Martha says:

    Perfect for my little great grandchildren. love the fabric. Thank you.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I love this! Thanks for posting!

  8. Bridget says:

    I LOVE this new collection! Great job, Marcus!

  9. Kristi says:

    What beautiful fabrics. I would love to win this fabric to make a quilt or a cutie.

  10. Heather in WA says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! The fabrics are yummy!

  11. Judy S. says:

    Love the grey and black colors with the traditional red. Stunning!

  12. Beth s. says:

    So sweet, my girls would love this

  13. Jamie says:

    Thank you for such a cute tutorial! I have a feeling that I’ll be making a few of these. Adorable!!

  14. Cinnamom in MN says:

    Very nice fabrics, especially the polka dot ones. I like that they don’t scream Valentine’s.

  15. Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments! Also, my special thanks to Beth at Sew Mama Sew for this amazing opportunity and to Marcus Fabrics for the fun giveaway of my So Sweet Love fabric. I hope your Valentine’s Day is extra sweet! XOXO

  16. Mary Furber says:

    What a cute project! I have 2 nieces who will love getting these. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Carmen N says:

    Adorable! I love the fabrics too

  18. Stacey Brown says:

    Thank you for posting this! So cute!!

  19. Annette Deardurff says:

    Such a cute softie! Definitely going to make some for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that our church puts together every year!!

  20. kathyh says:

    Seriously cute.

  21. Diana G says:

    How absolutely adorable. I must make my granddaughters each one as well as a couple of girls that I know (their parents belong to a club I am in) who are just delightful young girls.
    Thanks for the chance to win…

  22. Abby says:

    That has to be one of the cutest stuffies I have ever seen. Cant wait to make some for my neighbor kids.

  23. Carla S says:

    The floral print is so cute.

  24. Afton says:

    Thanks for getting me into the Valentine’s spirit.

  25. Debby says:

    The fabric is fun and that critter is adorable. My daughter would love for me to make her something so sweet!

  26. Shelley says:

    Such cute fabrics. I just love the tutorial. Great illustrations and looks like a quick project-with a darling result. Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial and for hosting the giveaway.

  27. Mindy says:

    Adorable!!! Love the prints!

  28. Karen Huitika-Pearson says:

    Love love the cute take on traditional Valentine design! Really fun project ideas!!

  29. Ginger in OH says:

    That cutie is adorable!

  30. jessicac says:

    What a little cutie! The fabric looks perfect on this project!

  31. Beth says:

    Sweet little critter! Looks very squeezable!

  32. Katherine says:

    LOve that fabric and what a cute way to use them

  33. Donna Printy says:

    So so cute!

  34. Samantha in CA says:

    The fabrics are so cute!

  35. Kristy says:

    So cute! Thanks for the pattern!

  36. darlene says:

    I think if they were filled with rice and put into freezer they would be good for boo boos. Or put them in microwave for when warming is needed. Love the fabric!

  37. Dona says:

    I sew for children entering foster care. They come in with nothing but the clothes on their back and I make softies so that each one will have something to hold when they’re scared. This fabric would be awesome. Thank you!

  38. Bridget says:

    How darling! My granddaughter will love it!

  39. Judy says:

    This is so adorable. I am going to make one starting tomorrow.

  40. Cindy M says:

    This is absolutely adorable!!!!!

  41. Jennyroo says:

    Beyond adorable!!

  42. Brenda says:

    Really like the fact that these fabrics are not contrained by too many hearts and Valentine imagery, makes it useable for anything — not just Valentine’s Day quilts. And the softy is darned cute (although I usually hate that word “cute” it applies here).

  43. Wendy says:


  44. Cute stuffie and love that fabric!

  45. Caroline says:

    Super adorable!

  46. Crystal Rose says:

    I love the fabrics in this!

  47. Liza A. says:

    That is just too cute for words and such a sweet idea for Valentine’s Day!!

  48. Pam says:

    What a delightful softie! I love the fabrics and the design. Thanks for the tutorial.

  49. Kim says:

    my grandson and granddaughter will love making this!!
    Must find this fabric!

  50. Ginny Collins says:

    Very pretty fabrics. looks like fun to make something with them!

  51. karen in CA USA says:

    Cute patchwork body!

  52. sewingmissdaisy says:

    too too cute little softie,like all the brite colors too!!

  53. Rachel says:

    Aw, what a sweet toy for little ones! So adorable! I love the fabric…valentine is my favorite color. 😉

  54. Jan Hutto says:

    I love this and the fabrics! My granddaughters will be getting these for Valentines Day. Thank you for sharing it!

  55. Jan Hutto says:

    Love the fabric and the little toy. My granddaughters are going to be getting these for Valentines day. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Lesley Gilbert says:

    I’m not eligible to enter but just wanted to say thanks for the free pdf pattern and I love those fabrics 🙂

  57. Amy A says:

    This is just so cute, I love it! Can’t wait to make it.

  58. QuiltShopGal says:

    Great tutorial for a super cute softie. Lovely fabrics too. I’m drawn to the grey that works so well with this collection.


  59. Rebecca says:

    What a surprise it would be to receive this cute little fellow with a lovely sweets.

  60. Erin Ellis says:

    Such cute fabrics – I just love them! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  61. Linda Jolley says:

    I Love?? The fabrics! It would be Sweet to make! OX

  62. Annmarie says:

    I love fabrics that depict specific holidays and Sew Sweet Love is wonderful!

  63. Ramona says:

    I am in love with this sweet little bear and the fabric is just wonderful!

  64. Linda says:

    I really like these fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win. I thought I posted a comment yesterday, but it isn’t showing up.

  65. Shannon in Texas says:

    What an adorable softie and gorgeous fabric! Thank you for sharing.

  66. Nancy says:

    I love your fabric and tutorial. This is so cute, I will have to make one!!

  67. Kris says:

    I love the fabric! and the softie is so cute!

  68. Shelly S. says:

    What a cute pattern and adorable fabric!!!!

  69. angela says:

    What great materials and colors – love the cutie too.

  70. Karen Heathcote says:

    Very cute collection of fabric.

  71. Michelle says:

    What a fun gift! Such cute fabric

  72. Mary Deeter says:

    What a sweet “candy cutie”. You do such great tutorials, so easy to follow! I am going to share the link on my facebook page so my friends can come and take a look too. These little “cuties” would make a great project with the older grandchildren to make ! Thanks! Mary /

  73. Anita says:

    Such a sweet softie with those adorable fabrics!

  74. Carol says:

    This is such a cute project. I love Valentine fabric more than any other holiday fabric. These are great. There are a couple I especially love.

  75. JoAnn W says:

    This is so cute, will find a way to make these for my 3 grandaughters, hopefully!

  76. Heidi in SD says:

    So very cute!!

  77. Lesley says:

    The fabric really makes the “Cutie” a “must have”

  78. Chris says:

    The fabric is wonderful. I love Valentine’s day for the pinks.

  79. Melody Lutz says:

    How FUN; a doll made out of these LOVEly fabrics!!!

  80. Susan K says:

    This fabric bundle is aptly named. And the stuffie is something sure to be loved and enjoyed. And fun to make too!

  81. Cathie says:

    I just love this fabric and the softie is just too c ute

  82. Becky G says:

    Such a happy project!

  83. Camille says:

    I love this fabric and the tutorial is adorable! Valentine’s Day is my favorite time! Thanks for the giveaway! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

  84. Fronye says:

    I love any combination of red with gray and black.

  85. Brenda Bailey says:

    Great tutorial with easy to follow directions. I love that adorable little cutie, but even more than that, I love the So Sweet Love fabric collection.

  86. Lara B. says:

    Oh my goodness – Susan’s little fellow is beyond adorable! The fabrics are just perfect too! Thanks for a great tutorial.

  87. Cathy says:

    Love the text fabric especially!

  88. Lee says:

    Adorable! thanks for the tutorial!

  89. Carol Kuse says:

    I love the fabric, and can think of so much to do with it. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  90. Harley Rast Williams says:

    Love these fabrics, especially the stripes!

  91. Penny Kitzmiller says:

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! The fabrics are amazingly gorgeous!

  92. Linda Fleming says:

    Love the Candy Cutie softie in those wonderful fabrics!

  93. Kathy E. says:

    thanks for the wonderful tutorial…what little cherub wouldn’t love this for Valentine’s Day?

  94. Toni says:

    Oh, what delicious, tasty Valentine fabric! Love to be sewing with it NOW!

  95. I LOVE the ears! they are my favorite part, just sticking up there like that.

  96. what a cute idea. Thanks!!

  97. Linda says:

    Sweet Fabric Giveaway ! Thank you !

  98. Sandy K says:

    Love the fabrics, the stuffed toy is very sweet.

  99. Karen A says:

    This is a great tutorial. I know some sweet little girls that would love this softie.

  100. Vicki H says:

    The stuffie is so so cute. My granddaughter will love her.

  101. susan hatfield says:

    This fabric collection is gorgeous! Love the color combinations and red is my favorite color. The stuffed doll is adorable and with this fabric collection it will be simple to combine any of them for great results!

  102. Amy says:

    Darling project and beautiful fabric to use.

  103. Gay lynn Ryan says:

    Sooo cute! The prints are all adorable! So fun!

  104. Margaret Schindler says:

    These are so cute. Love the fabrics

  105. Diane in VA says:

    Truly sweet prints . I especially like the. “X O”.

  106. Kristin says:

    Love the fabrics! The softie is so cute. I’m going to try one.

  107. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Oh my this is cute! Will be saving this tutorial for another day, Just not enough time to get some made before Valentine’s day this year, Thanks for sharing!

  108. What fun fabrics, and a very cute little Valentine softie. His cheeks are sweet! Thanks for a chance at such a nice giveaway!


  109. Linda says:

    Oh how Valentiny! I love the cutie and the fabrics! Thanks for the chance!

  110. Towona says:

    That fabric is so sweet! 2 grand daughters need something nade out of this 🙂

  111. jenny says:

    how cute!

  112. Rita Montgomery says:

    I love this fabric line. I am partial to hearts as my birthday is Feb. 14th. I have already printed the pattern and can’t wait to make this adorable creature. Thanks for sharing with us. :=)

  113. Dawn Jones says:

    Thank you for the chance to win such lovely fabric, and for the adorable tutorial.

  114. Carrie says:

    Adorable fabrics!!

  115. Lisa Marie says:

    Very cute project, I think I’ll make one for my niece. Love the fabrics too!

  116. Kathy h says:

    What a cute softie. I love the fabrics too.

  117. Beth T. says:

    This reminds me of the gifts my grandmother used to make for me and my cousins; she would create variations for each of us kids so that we each felt special. The expression on your softie’s face is especially darling. Perhaps it’s time for me to resurrect this family tradition, in time for my grandmother’s great-great-grandchildren (gasp) to hear about her thoughtfulness and ingenuity. If I don’t pass down these stories, who will? And who knows? Maybe one of those little kids will have inherited her talent and love for fabric, and the quilty-crafty tendency will go on and on…

  118. Sue says:

    I love this line of fabric! How perfect for special valentine projects.

  119. Sherry Fram says:

    Love the fabric & the little stuffed critter is adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

  120. Sally says:

    Now that’s fabric that will make you smile any time of the year! Love the softie pattern too.

  121. Patty D says:

    Love the photo of the softie with the stuffing coming out. 🙂 I’d love to win those fabrics!

  122. Emily C says:

    How cute!

  123. Judy S. says:

    Cuteness abounds! Would love this for my granddaughter!!

  124. Anne Marie says:

    Love this fabric and love this softie!

  125. Liz F. says:

    The “face” block looks like it would make a cute valentine envelope as well.

  126. Mama Bee says:

    Love those fabrics and the softie! Can’t wait to try making one for my little girl. Thanks for sharing!

  127. Gay Lynn ryan says:

    Love Susan’s fabric prints! Just so fun! Adorable!

  128. Glenda G says:

    Perfect Valentine’s gift for the little girl in your life…..

  129. Alys says:

    Second try: Way too cute! Adorable even.

  130. Alys says:

    Way too cute! Adorable even.

  131. Kathy Hassig says:

    Great colors and love the cutie.

  132. lilmamabee says:

    This is adorable and I love the fabric theme. I’m getting a sewing machine this weekend and can’t wait to make my first softie for my daughter.

  133. Barb K. says:

    Really cute fabrics and pattern!

  134. Doris McCarty says:

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  135. How adorable. Thanks for the opportunity to win such beautiful fabric.
    Although I am just thankful for the pattern

  136. tenorpangirl says:

    So Cute. I love her.

  137. Deborah Kuchta says:

    What a sweet pattern and thank you for the chance to win the fabrics. So nice.

  138. darlene macdonald says:

    These would be great filled with rice and put into freezer for kids for their boo boos. Or warmed in microwave for cold days!

  139. Linda says:

    I like those fabrics! Thank you for sharing your softie pattern! ljbisme at msn dot com

  140. Lori Morton says:

    What an Awesome lil’ Stuffie!! And the fabrics are Perfect! Love this…thanks for Tutorial…and for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  141. amy says:

    I know a Cat lover that would adore this cute plushie~

  142. lesley says:

    i absolutely adore this fabric!!!!

  143. Claire Ross says:

    Lovely fabrics and a very cute project x

  144. jane d says:

    Really cute! Love the fabric bundle!

  145. Tac says:

    This is sew adorable! Thanks for the tutorial.

  146. Sarah J. says:

    Softie sewing could be so addicting- this little guy is so cute!

  147. Liz says:

    Super cute!

  148. Janie says:

    How sweet. Thank you for the tutorial, and the templates. The fabric you chose is lovely.

  149. Jocelyn says:

    This is the cutest fabric. And the softie is adorable!

  150. Mary Farus says:

    Precious special fabrics. Will have to make the sweet candy cutie for my granddaughter.

  151. Allison CB says:

    Very cute! Love the Love text fabric! 🙂

  152. lisa shepard says:

    Love it!

  153. dorothy jo says:

    cute cute!

  154. Katie Smith says:

    This little guy l looks like he could be a gray fox. He’s adorable!

  155. Tonia Jeffery says:

    That is so cute!

  156. tabatha smith says:

    What an adorable softie! Love the fabrics.

  157. ParisGrrl says:

    Those are cute!

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