Poppy and Blossom

I’m not going to write much today, just show you how I make my Koala stuffed toys, step by step. You can then have a go yourself, or if you can’t be bothered and desperately want one, you can buy them here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WinterOwls.

To start with, you’ll need some wool fabric, I get mine by upcycling vintage pure wool blankets after throwing them through a hot cycle in the washing machine. You’ll also need some stuffing. When I first started making toys, I used polyester fill, but now I’m using clean washed Merino fleece. It’s eco friendly, but it is more expensive and a little harder to use as stuffing. It tends to jump out of where it has been placed! As well as fabric and stuffing you’ll need some embroidery thread for little details and something fluffy ear like. In the past I’ve used Jumpers, shawls or the fringe of mohair blankets for luxurious ears.

I sew the main outline with a sewing machine, but you could sew up the whole thing by hand easily. I then close the stuffing gap by hand and outline the arms with embroidery thread, once the body has been machine stitched.

You can also gather little scraps of other fabrics, lace or doilies if you want to add accessories to your koalas. Go wild, they love dressing up!

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First cut out your bodies, front and back. Just draw a simple outline and cut around it.

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Choose your front and embroider eyes and mouth. I have sewn on a nose but you can do whatever you like. Hand stitch on any accessories such as collars, buttons, pants etc. Note that here, I’ve shown the front of Poppy and Blossom.

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Next tack on the ears to the front side facing in towards each other and then flip them, so they are facing outwards and you can see what they will look like. I hope that makes sense! You will need to flip them back in, before you sew the two halves together. (They will be covering the eyes when flipped back in)

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Pin the back and front together with the right sides facing inwards. Make sure those ears are tucked in well. Sew around the outside about 1/2 cm in from the edge leaving a 3 cm gap where you would like to put your stuffing in.

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Now turn your koala right side out and remove the tacking from the ears. Use a spoon, chopstick or whatever you have handy to put the stuffing in a bit at a time. When you are happy, hand sew up the opening.

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I like to whip stitch the ears to the head for extra stability and I top stitch the arms to define them, but you don’t have to.

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Finally, make yourself and your koalas Poppy and Blossom, a nice cup of tea. You deserve it.

19 thoughts on “Poppy and Blossom

  1. I can’t imagine it, Jen- it just wouldn’t be the same. It’s very sweet of you to share the inner workings of the making of Poppy and Blossom but only you have the magic.

    • Accessorising them is my favourite part PT🙂 . I hope you are having a fabulous time on your Icelandic Road Trip. It is 30 Celsius here today, hard to imagine being somewhere so cool….

      • Thanks Jen – heading to the airport in the early hours . Phew to that temperature is all I can say😉

  2. Nice to hear from you again. I have a whole wish list from your shop but the house has taken most of my disposable income.😦 I appreciate you showing us how to make your cute Koalas that was very generous of you.

  3. I have studied the sequence about 10 times now. The same two words keep coming to mind:

    Pure Genius.

    Hi, Jen! Truly inspired!! I don’t know how you do it. Superb design, beautifully laid out and constructed, and those endearing little touches. You have a great gift: the ability to create things that make the world a more joyful place. Wonderful.

    Oh– and thanks for the inspiration: I’m gonna start wearing my hair like that… : )

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