Glenis Ebbett from Gee’s Projects is based in New Zealand and designs sweet doll and softie patterns, each named after one of her grandchildren. Glenis sells her PDF patterns in the Gee’s Projects shop, and she’s up next with a carrycot tutorial so you can tuck all of her dolls and softies into a cozy spot! First learn a little more about Glenis…

Hi, everyone. I live in New Zealand on the east coast, just out of town with the sea in front of me and the green hills behind; it’s a beautiful place to create my toys. I have been sewing since I was a child. My grandmother was a tailoress and I truly learned at her feet with fashion magazines and scraps of fabric. I feel it is an inherited skill as I always had a love of fashion, fabric, color and, in later years, home design.

I worked with clothing manufacturers and boutique owners as a young woman but after marrying and moving to the countryside my life went in a different direction. As my children got older I started doing custom work– mostly ball dresses and weddings– and while doing this I developed my pattern drafting skills. I started my blog a couple of years ago to share what I made and it was fun; I’m not sure anyone looked at it but I felt someone might get some inspiration. I love sewing children’s clothes. I love sweet and pretty and with four granddaughters I was in demand. Making soft toys was a natural progression and I have delighted in setting up my shops to sell my patterns.

Sewing was my career and now it’s my hobby job. I love my pattern making business seeing my ideas coming to life.

I do hope you enjoy making the carrycot I have tried to keep it simple and easy to follow, a step by step process. Happy sewing!