Make a dapper little French snail using Anthea Christian’s softie pattern. He features beret, bow tie and the colours of the French flag: red, white and blue. A fun little playmate for a child of either sex.
A comprehensive materials list ensures that you’ll have everything you need to complete this project
Detailed step-by-step instructions illustrated with lots of close-up photographs lead you through each stage of the project from preparing the templates, cutting the fabrics, constructing the snail through to stuffing and adding the finishing touches
All shapes are provided full size on the pattern sheet, ready to trace
Personalise the softie with your choice of fabrics, yarns and hairstyles
Includes Anthea’s expert hints and tips
The small size of this softie means that he doesn’t take much fabric to create: just five fat eighths
Suitable for intermediate crafters, although the numerous close-up photos that illustrate many of the individual steps means that a determined beginner is likely to succeed
How would you describe your particular craft style?I love using bright and colourful fabrics in my creations. When I’m designing my softies, I try to give them personality and cute expressions on their faces.
Did your distinctive style happen over time or was it immediate when you started stitching? I think I’ve always had the same look in mind that I’m trying to create, but perhaps I’ve got better at capturing that look the more items I’ve created. I guess I’ve refined my style over time and experience.
Are you good at all the crafts you’ve tried?I haven’t actually tried that many different crafts. I did learn to crochet recently and have found it relaxing and enjoyable, but I’ve only done a few simple projects so I’m not sure how I would go tackling a more complicated design.
Other than crafting, how do you like to spend your free time?I love going for long walks with friends along the beachside trail near our home, or catching up with friends for coffee. I also love curling up with a good book at home.
Is your stitching a great diversion from tasks you’d prefer to avoid (eg housework)? I’ve learnt that, if I want to spend a decent day sewing, then I have to leave the housework undone. It would be nice to have a clean and tidy house before I start a project but it means cutting into my valuable sewing time.
Of all the designs you have created, which has been your favourite?My fox softie is design so far. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and the positive response from others has been overwhelming. I love the look of the fox made in patchwork fabrics, rather than just plain orange and white, and it means everyone can make a unique version by choosing their own mix of fabrics.
And which has been most popular with the public or give recipient?I’ve given a couple of foxes as gifts and often get requests to make them from others who see them.
Have you got a stitching dream or goal? I really enjoy working at home, doing something I love, so it’s my goal to one day be able to work full time on my business and grow it so it’s beg enough to make a living from. It is doing quite well, but I’m working on expanding my range of patterns so that hopefully one day this will be possible.
What makes you laugh out loud?My two kids make me laugh all the time. They’re always saying funny things and making up funny shows for me to watch.