This patchwork croc was made at 2am on the 23rd of December. Along with a couple of other toys, a new blouse for my niece and a new skirt for Bella. Unfortunately the list of what wasn't made is far longer. But isn't that always the way?
I made one of these crocodiles last year when a friend told me that her daughter wanted a blue dinosaur and a large crocodile for Christmas. I didn't come up with the blue dinosaur, but was able to manage the crocodile.
This one was made especially for a certain little chap that I know called Freddie ( believe me, he's a looker. Lily's definitely got her eye on him), using some of my favourite prints - including two that I haven't cut in to at all since buying them in New York last year. Now that's friendship!
He's two foot long and has apparently already tried to roll young Freddie, who was of course having none of it. My favourite part are his feet, which are all knobbly and reptile like and I'm told, perfect for chewing on.
I'm relieved to say that not all of my gift making was of the 2am variety. Some of them were actually finished with time to spare.
Including this cushion, made especially for my niece to cuddle up to.
The front is made from a super soft Paul Smith cotton, with the chenille cat added and then quilted, to make it extra cuddly. And because 'cuddley' was the main request here, I backed it in chenille too. It's then been bound using a purple Liberty print (the only purple print that I truly like). The text was my first attempt at freehand machine embroidery and I'm pretty pleased with it (not due to any talent on my part, it was just a lot easier than I expected).
My next big thing is to try and start the birthday sewing now. It's only 5 weeks until Bella's 4th birthday and her new found love of the Princess and the Pea story means that I intend to finally make her her own set. I also want to make her lots of new dresses (we're having struggles over her wanting to wear summer dresses all the time at the moment) and some new bedding.
And then of course, in only 7 weeks it's Lily's 1st birthday! Which is shocking beyond belief, but also very exciting. Obviously I want to make her a birthday quilt, and some new clothes, but I'd also like to try and design a couple of new toys for her.
So, like I said, I need to get started on all of that right now....