Feature: Awesome Designers Free Tutorial

My Awesome Designer for this feature is Abby Glassenberg from While She Naps.

Abby designs sewing patterns for stuffed animals and has a wonderful blog about sewing these stuffed animals and running a creative business.


Abby shares some fantastic free tutorials like Pete the Bear, Sophia the Bunny, Fox & Blankie playset plus many more.  She also shares some wonderful tips for designing and sewing stuffed animals, blogging tips and creative business advice.  I have been following Abby’s blog now for around 3 years and her posts are always very informative and interesting.  I have learnt a lot from Abby over this time and her advice has definitely helped me to start designing my own softies, writing patterns and uploading them to an online store, and creating this website.   I highly recommend you check out her blog and have a read through some of these posts.


I have also purchased her books – ‘The Artful Bird’, ‘Stuffed Animals – from concept to construction’ and her e-book – ‘The insiders guide to Starting an Online Sewing Pattern Business’.  These are excellent books that are very well written and I often refer back to Stuffed Animals and Starting an Online Business and use them as a reference.


I have made several of Abby’s projects from her stuffed animals book and have also purchased her PDF patterns online and made these up too.  Her instructions are always well written and she has lots of photos to show you each step of the way.  Here are some of Abby’s designs I have made over the years. (Lovey Dovey PDF Pattern, Reversible Chick & Egg PDF Pattern, Bunny, Bumblebee & Cat from Stuffed Animals Book)

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I recently downloaded her free Pete the Bear pattern and made up this cute little fleece bear.  A very cute and easy pattern suitable for beginners too.  If you have never sewn with fleece before – then this is a perfect project to do that with.   You can find this free tutorial from Abby’s blog HERE.

Go and visit Abby’s blog at http://www.whileshenaps.com/ or check out her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AbbyGlassenbergDesign

Happy Sewing!

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