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Stuffed Toys, Dolls and Needle Felt Makes

This week we look at smaller makes rather than larger quilts and projects. The shop is filled with patterns, books, kits, fabrics and equipment useful for soft toy making. They are not just for children, in fact many of the projects below are not suitable for very young children but are perfect for the child like spirit in all of us. Gorgeous Tilda Kitschy Dolls, Lovely Luna Lapin with her intricate clothes and needle felted cats and dogs.

We do have projects that are suitable for children including some that they might want to make themselves with a little help. Many of the felt projects are particularly appropriate for children to make as felt is so forgiving to work with and can be stitched by hand. Even needle felting projects can be made by children as long as they are supervised as, believe me, those needles hurt if you catch your finger- ask me how I know! Haha!

With many of the projects, the staff have made the samples for the shop or at home and are happy to offer advise for any you are unsure of, or give handy tips and hints to make life easier for you. Call, drop in or email if you need help with any of the projects we stock. We can suggest ideas for all skill levels and abilities.

Stop Press! Calling all William Morris fans, Morris Meadow has just arrived, we're just waiting on a couple of pre-cuts. We'll showcase this next week!

As always, enjoy your sewing and have a wonderful week.
Best wishes
Sally & the girls

Luna Lapin and Friends

Luna and her collection of felt friends have always been very popular. We have all four of Sarah Peels books filled with gorgeous patterns for all the animals, including Luna rabbit, Wilhelmina Mouse, Clementine Cat, Hugh The Salty Sea Dog, Reynard Fox and others, plus the teeny weeny beautiful clothes that are proper dressmaking on a miniature scale. We have several of the characters made and dressed in the shop so pop in and say hello!

Tilda Friends

Tilda are renowned for their lovely characters, including reindeer, polar bears, bunnies, dachshund, dolls, hens, frogs and cats. Many are in the Tilda books but we also have fabric kits made up that include a free pattern from Tilda.

Corinne Lapierre Kits

Gorgeous felt kits from Corinne Lapierre contain all you need to make each character including the pattern, felts, threads, needles and toy stuffing. All you need are a pair of scissors and some basic sewing skills.

Needle Felt Friends

These cute animals are made using the needle felting technique. Soft natural wool fibres are shaped using a special needle that has slight barbs to hook the fibres together, The only sewing needed is for the addition of eyes.

Bunny Hill Buddies

Bitty Owl Foxly Noel Snow Angel Elvis Moose Bitty Hedgehog

Plentiful Patterns

Ted in a Bed Jungle Friends Sea Stars Gary and Glen Seagulls

Funky Felt Chickens Bippity and Bruce Pocket and Floss Mouse in Stocking

Beautiful Books

Sewn Toy Tales - 12 fun characters to make from Melly and Me
Stitch Love - Featuring beginner-friendly embroidery patterns, it presents a variety of irresistibly cute critters: pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, even mythical favorites like Pegasus.
Happy Stitch - 30 felt and fabric projects

Doll and toy making basics

Doll Fabrics

Linens, Tilda Doll fabric, osnaburg and calico are all useful for doll making.


We have a large range of woolfelts that are perfect for soft toys and are the basis for the Luna Lapin dolls.

Tilda Doll Hair

The finishing touch for the crowning glory of a doll.

Polyester Toy Filler

Not the most exciting purchase but necessary for stuffing many of the makes above.

Doll Needles

Handy for attaching arms and legs as they are extra long and strong.
Stop Press! Calling all William Morris fans. Morris Meadow has just arrived, we're just waiting on a couple of the pre-cuts. We'll showcase this next week!