Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog to visit. I'm so glad you're here. I can't wait to show you the projects I made with the latest Quick Stitch kit.
First, here are the details:
The second Quick Stitch Kit will be released on May 1st and it is entitled "Design-A-Softie". This is one collection of tools and stamps that you will turn to again and again to make heirloom quality gifts with heart. Everything you need to make customized softies will be right at your fingertips! Besides the basic softie body parts, there are dies for different facial expressions, eyes, ears and even trendy accessories! You will be able to create special one-of-a-kind stuffed animals according to a child's favorites colors, interests and personality! Think of this as your own person build-a-bear, just on a more affordable level! Get your kit tomorrow night so you can get a head start on holiday gifts!
Design-A-Softie Kit Contents:
Custom tote bag
Design-A-Softie mini stamp set + index label
Softie die collection
Softie Ears die collection
Softie Expressions die collection
Softie Glasses & Mustaches die collection
Softie Kerchief die collection
Softie Patches die collection
Softie Collar & tie die collection
Softie Exclusives die collection
Custom button mix (50 buttons total)
(4) Iron-on 8-1/2" x 11" Transfer sheets
(1) pdf download with full instructions
The total retail cost of the "Design-A-Softie" Kit is $105. There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours while you can! Some individual items will be available for sale at a later date. The "Design-A-Softie" Kit will be available for sale beginning on May 1st at 10pm EST, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.
I love the unlimited opportunities that there are for personalization with this kit. You can make all kinds of creatures. You are really only limited by your imagination! And honestly, there were just so many options, that I really didn't know where to start. So, I decided to start with a model I know very well: my dog, Molly. I decided that we needed a Molly in softie form.
This is a super-simple softie, with a little twist. I wanted to make beagle-like ears, so I used the die for a piece that was originally designed to be part of the face. I cut out four of them, and then pieced them together two-by-two, and stitched them to the side of Molly's head.
The heart tag die is included in the kit as well. I used iron on transfer paper (also included), to make the surface of the heart "writeable." I just ironed it on, using directions that Erin supplies with the kit. It was really easy to do - and I'm typically not a fan of using my iron! Then I just wrote Molly's name on with a sharpie.
I kept Molly's face really simple, cutting out spots for around her eyes, a muzzle, and a nose. The tiny black buttons I used for the eyes are in the kit as well. I also made a simple black collar for her.
And I definitely had to include a spot on her back, just like she has in real life! That spot is typically placed on the softie's belly, and is a great way to add some additional color to your piece. I placed it up a bit higher up on Molly's back, so it would more closely resemble her real spot.
For my next project, I wanted something a little more fanciful. So, I made a green bunny.
The colors here certainly make me thing of Easter, and the bunny would look cute peeking out of someone's basket. But I made it to hold a little note in the back.
The kit includes the die for the pocket for your softie, and a die for a note that fits perfectly inside. I love the idea of using this to put a note of encouragement in for a child, or just a note to introduce a child to his or her new friend.
The rubber stamp for the sentiment is included in the kit as well.
I made this softie without arms and legs. It made it a much quicker project, and perfect for a little note. Or a gift card would fit just right back there too.
I cut the polka dots for the belly using dies in the kit as well. The kit includes the dies to cut out all the details, and the "hole-only" dies as well, so you can line everything up and stitch easily.
My final project is a little pouch in the shape of an owl.
This is structured like the scissor keeper in the last Quick Stitch kit. I cut all the pieces out and sewed them together, leaving the top part unattached.
The pouch could be used for a lot of little things. I put a selection of pens in there. I plan to combine that with a gift card in the pocket in the back. It's a perfect teacher gift, just in time for Teacher Appreciation next week.
I used the iron-on transfer paper included in the kit to give the fabric enough structure to be cut out using my die cut machine. I backed the fabric with felt to add thickness and to keep the color true.
The glasses die cut is my very favorite. What a great way to add personality to your creatures.
I've really been looking forward to this product launch, because I want to see what everyone else has been creating using this kit. Check out the links in the sidebar to see everyone else's softie creations. And I can't wait to see what you create as well!
Dies: Softie body, Softie Expressions, Softie Patches, and Softie Kerchief
Felt: Vintage Cream (body), Classic Kraft (spots and ears), True Black (collar), Scarlet Jewel (heart tag)
Iron on Transfer Paper
Dies: Softie Body, Softie Ears, Softie Expressions, Softie Patches, Softie Pocket
Felt: Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides, Limeade Ice, Autumn Rose
Stamps: Design a Softie Mini Stamp Set
Ink: Ocean Tides
Cardstock: Fresh Snow
Dies: Softie Body, Softie Expressions, Softie Ears, Softie Pocket, Softie Collar and Tie, Softie Glasses & Mustaches
Felt: Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream, True Black
Iron On Transfer Paper