I was sent an ecopy of the book and the front cover of Fun of the Fair is so appealing. I let Little Girl look through the book and after that there was no going back - seals! elephants! lions (oh I love the lion!)! monkeys and the pony that stars on the front cover.
I went for the monkey as this was picked as one of the favourites and I figured that it would be liked by all of the Smalls and set to making three (yes, three!) monkeys!!!! A monkey can easily be made out of a Fat Quarter of fabric - although some careful placement is needed if using directional fabric. I got my felt from here as they had a lovely range of colours and my delivery arrived within a day.
The pattern directions are very clear and walk you through how to make the toy really well. The only thing I found a little frustrating at first was having to read through the pattern to find out what I was meant to be cutting out of fabric/felt/fusible webbing, so I wrote this on the pattern pieces as I cut them out. As a toy-making newbie, a couple of things I found that helped me were to starting sewing the curves in the middle and working towards the outside lines. I also found it helped to use pins to position buttons/nostrils etc before sewing the facial features in place.
Overall, I had lots of fun making these! I think I even managed to do an alright job of doing the faces, although a couple of the monkeys have got a slightly lopsided smile........next up is making them some clothes as no self-respecting monkey wants to go naked, does it?! I think these are destined to be (dare I say it!) Christmas presents so I'm trying to work on them secretly when the kids aren't around!!!
I have been given a hardcopy of Fun of the Fair to giveaway, so if you would like to have a go at making yourself, or some Smalls a gorgeous soft toy, then please leave me a comment telling me about your favourite toy from when you were a kid! Mine was a giant dungaree-wearing dog which was probably as big as I was when I was about 7.....my Dad bought him home seat-belted in to the front of the car!!!!!!
*Giveaway will close in a week on Tuesday 7th October, with the winner announced on Wednesday*
Todays sky ● blue skies with a few whispy clouds