My Awesome Designer for this feature is Simone Gooding of May Blossom. Simone is an Australian designer who lives in Melbourne and you can find her creative cards and paper sewing patterns on her website. Her patterns are also distributed by Creative Abundance so can be found in a lot of fabric shops too. Simone designs the most adorable little softies and a lot of her designs are made out of wool felt. Many of them are gorgeous little woodland creatures like rabbits, mice and squirrels. They are all so cute and adorable it can be hard to decide which one to make up first! I have just finished making up one of her ‘Thistledown Rabbits’ as an Easter Sewing project and have another rabbit partially completed too.
I loved making this little rabbit! It stands around 9″ tall and this one will be an Easter gift for my daughter. I’m making one for my son too. This little rabbit is made from good quality wool felt and wears a jacket and hood and a little Alpaca wool scarf which I crocheted too. It also has a cute little felt carrot in it’s pocket – just in case it gets hungry!
The pattern is well written with all steps explained well too. The size of the felt pieces and seams allowances mean that it is probably not something you would make if you were a beginner sewer but certainly if you have made softies before I would definitely recommend it. The little arms can be difficult to turn and stuff if you are not used to working with such small pieces – but the end result it well worth it. There is a little hand sewing too - which I really enjoyed doing.
I love the rabbits hood and jacket & scarf that it wears – it really makes this such an adorable design. The details of the pocket with the carrot just make it extra special too.
I also made another of Simone’s designs – this Jumbleberry Santa, which I made as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago too.
Some of her other designs that I love are Rhubarb, Hetty & Betty and the Hilltop Fox playsets.
Simone has also recently launched a Ready-Made range under the name ‘Evie and the Bear’ where you can buy adorable ready-made softies! So cute!