Find your pattern
I find most of my patterns on Pinterest, My page. The patterns I show on this blog will be linked to the original pages.
It’s not allways softie patterns I use. Pincushions, potholders, purses, bags, key holders etc. can be used as well. You can easily turn them into softies, simply by scaling the size an fill them with stuffing.
I am also a member of the Facebook group Sew a Softie. Here you can find examples of animals and monsters made from kid drawings as well as small softie patterns. You can find tutorials in some of the postings. They are mostly sewn in felt, but you can add the seam allowance yourself, if you use other types of fabric.
Cm or inches
Some of the patterns will have measurements in cm or inch. Depending on where you live, you might need to convert between the two. Converter
1 inch – app. 2,5 cm
1 cm – app. 0,4 inch
The original patterns will have different sizes. As I sew for charity, I adjust them to a size of 10 – 15 cm, 4 – 6 inch.
The minimum requirements for toys in the EU are:
Length 5.6 cm/2.2 inch
Diameter 9.95 cm/3.9 inch
Legs, tails etc. not longer than 15 cm/5.9 inch
Small parts like safety eyes, buttons etc. must be tightened very well and should not be used on toys for children under 3 years of age.
I open the pdf patterns on the screen. Then I use the percentage adjusting on the top of the page to find the right size for my softie. I then use the same percentage when I print the pattern and it will have the same size as on the screen.
I open picture files in a text document (Word/Open Office) and them I use the rulers on the top and the side to find the right size of the pattern. Remember to keep the ratio before you adjust the picture.
A third way is simply to place a piece of paper on your screen and them draw the pattern with a soft pencil.