#Design_a_Plushie – A Behind The scenes Look …


Have you ever wondered what goes into designing a plush toy pattern?

I am about to start work designing a new pattern.  It will be the third in a series of baby/toddler toys.  My first two  – Sarah and Emma, a starfish and fish, are both currently available to buy – click here for more details.

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Next up I am designing a seahorse called ‘Sebastian’.

Starting next week,  I will share regular progress shots of my work on Sebastian the seahorse on Instagram —  @mignonpriderdesign — using the hashtag #Design_a_Plushie.  

Like most things in life, there are many ways to do something.  Designing a plushie is no different. By following my Instagram account, you will not only get to see how I design my patterns but also how much time goes into each one.  

Don’t have an Instagram account! – not to worry – I will also do periodic updates here too for those who aren’t able to be on Instagram.

Look forward to seeing you on Instagram :)

Until next time …



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New PDF Sewing Pattern ~ Emma the Fish

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Emma is a cute little fish designed as a babys toy. She makes an excellent and easy DIY baby shower gift or a gift for any time for the special little ones in your life. Her tail is great for … Continue reading

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More Items added to the glossary ~ Tools

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This week I have been busy photographing all sorts of different tools and gadgets I use to add to my glossary of Tools and Notions. I have more to add, but I’m still editing the photo’s, plus I’m sure there … Continue reading

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Sarah Starfish ~ A New PDF Sewing Pattern.

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Sarah is a cute little Starfish rattle. She makes a quick and easy DIY baby shower gift or a gift for any time.  Her arms are great for small hands to hold and her large cartoon style eyes gives her a … Continue reading

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12 Fun Easter Crafts To Do With The Kids This Weekend.

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   YAY!  The Easter Bunny is coming soon — it’s almost time for Easter egg hunts and chocolate overload ;) While you’re waiting for your Easter egg hunt, here is a list of 12 Fun Easter Crafts to do with … Continue reading

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Good Earth ~ A Celebration of Craft & Craftsmanship.

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In the wake of Etsy’s most recent move to go public and become just another money making machine (for a few), one company is standing up for all those values that Etsy once believed in. After seeing this video from Good … Continue reading

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Introducing: A Glossary Of Sewing Terms & Tools.

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The rise of the Handmade industry has swung the doors of the cottage and craft business wide open resulting in innumerable home based business  raining down on us through the internet like pixy dust — all pretty and shiny and mesmerizing. Crafty … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Sewing With Ease.

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Today I am sharing some tricks I’ve learnt over the years when it come to sewing with ‘Ease’ .  So, what is ‘ease’? … Put simply, ease is a small extra amount added to the measurement of a pattern.    In … Continue reading

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#Art_Chain Challenge: A Glimpse Of Some Other Creative Adventures

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The other week I was nominated by Jenny  from Fluffmonger to take part in the 5 day Art Chain challenge that has been doing the rounds on Facebook.  Although I thought this sounded like fun, I didn’t think I had the time to take … Continue reading

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Review: PicMonkey – Online Photo Editing Program, Plus a Short Tutorial.

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I have been using PicMonkey for about two and a half years now to edit ALL my photos, so I thought it was time to write a review about this amazing program. Essentially PicMonkey is an online photo editing program, but … Continue reading

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