I’m ecstatic to finally be able to share a project that is near and dear to my heart. Wildlife with Love™ is my new collection of sewing patterns debuting this month at Quilt Market, featuring endangered species. Every day this week I’ll reveal one of the 5 new patterns in this first “polar” themed collection.
Today I’d like to introduce you to my penguin friends, Poppy and Pip. These fun-loving stuffed felt penguins would make a great gift for the animal lover in your life. Who could resist a penguin? They have such personality and style.
I designed the big penguin first. Once I perfected the pattern and it “came to life”, so to speak, I just had to make a baby penguin to go with it! Now I can’t imagine one without the other. They’re sewn out of wool blend felt with some hand embroidered details. Felt is such an approachable material to work with, that someone fairly new to sewing toys should be able to stitch these with confidence. I worked closely with my pattern testers to keep the shapes simple and the instructions detailed. I’m very happy with how they turned out!
Why I created Wildlife with Love™
The concept for this collection was directly inspired by my 10 year old son. He’s got a tender heart and is a true animal lover through and through. For his last birthday and Christmas, he donated some of his gift money to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). He’s concerned about climate change and loss of habitat for animals. And by donating, he feels helpful instead of helpless. His big ol’ compassionate heart inspires me to do more! As a result, I created Wildlife with Love™ with all children in mind, to raise awareness and to support NWF.
Are you familiar with NWF? I love their mission statement: “The National Wildlife Federation works to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.” They really have a great family focus on their website as well, emphasizing the importance of getting outside and spending time in nature. And don’t forget Ranger Rick Magazine, a favorite at our house.
So now you know what I’ve been up to for the past few months, a new labor of love. I hope these little characters capture your heart like they’ve done mine! For retailers, Poppy and Pip Penguins sewing patterns will be shipping November 15th. In the meantime, if you’d like to purchase a PDF pattern, they are now available in my etsy shop.
Stayed tuned to the blog…tomorrow you’ll meet some of Poppy and Pip’s friends!