Who can remember their favorite softy? Mine was a small white kitten covered in the softest, silkiest faux fur -with a tiny pale pink nose and shiny green plastic eyes. Oh, how I treasured her! Today I still love anything soft and plush. And… I’m lucky- I get to touch something soft and lovely every day in my work for Shannon Fabrics. Since we are known for soft and plush, Sew Mama Sew suggested we team up with them and some of the top softy makers to sponsor the Spectacular Softies Contest.
The contest is part of a series, 6 Weeks of Love for Softies, which will include tutorials, free patterns, and lots of tips from some of the very best plush, stuffed animal, and cloth doll makers in the business!
The contributors are:
Abby Glassenberg of Abby Glassenberg Designs
Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac
Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy
Kim Kruzich of Retro Mama
Mariska Vos-Bolman of DIY Fluffies
Pauline McArthur of Funky Friends Factory
Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World
Mimi Kirchner of Mimi Kirchner
Erin Weiss of Boolah Baguette
Carley Biblin of Making It Up As I Sew Along
Annette Huval of Oliver Rabbit
Helen of Bustle & Sew
Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls
Christina of Bamboletta
LiEr of Ikat Bag
Sarah of Dolls & Daydreams
Betz White of Betz White
The Spectacular Softies Contest has 4 categories to enter:
- This Is My First Soft Toy or Cloth Doll
- I Designed it Myself! (didn’t use a pattern)
- Check Out These Details!
- Overall Awesome
Each participant can enter their project into two of the categories. The winner of each category will receive a package with fabric, gift certificates, thread, patterns, POLY-FIL, and books. In addition to the 4 category prizes, the judges will select one Grand Prize Winner from among all the entries to win a Pfaff Creative 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine valued at $3,999! The contest runs February 23- April 5. Throughout the 6 weeks, there will be a few giveaways on the Sew Mama Sew blog and Facebook page from some of these sponsors.
Sponsors of these prizes are from:
- Robert Kaufman Fabrics
- Shannon Fabrics
- Fairfield Processing
- Coats & Clark
- Free Spirit Fabric
- Lark Books
- Fabric Depot
- Kid Giddy
- Shiny Happy World
- Retro Mama
- Ric Rac
- Funky Friends Factory
- Abby Glassenberg Design
- DIY Fluffies
And, we’re also having a giveaway here on My Cuddle Corner, the Spectacular Softy Plush Giveaway. There will be 2 more prizes so you can make a softy! We are giving away a precuts pack of Cuddle Cakes Petty Pastels.
There will be 2 winners. The winners will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and will be notified by email. The giveaway ends one week from today and is open to the US 48 contiguous states.
You can enter to win here: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Comment below for an extra chance to win. Tell us what was your first softie? Use the hashtag #FirstSoftie
Finally, as part of 6 Weeks of Love for Softies, Sew Mama Sew is having a Soft Toy & Doll Drive. They will be collecting soft toys, stuffed animals, and cloth dolls to benefit foster children. The National Foster Parent Association has a convention in June, at which they will distribute the toys to children in attendance, as well as foster parents to take home to the children in their care. Additionally, they will be helping to promote Dolly Donations, an ongoing doll drive sponsored by Sarah of Dolls & Daydreams. The dolls collected in this drive benefit The Uthando Project, an organization that distributes dolls to children in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, an area deeply affected by the impact of HIV/AIDS. Visit sewmamasew.com for all the details.
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