Little Steering Wheel

My friend Stephanie specializes in toy patterns and she does such a great job of coming up with fun, clever designs! I’m joining in on her blog tour this week with my version of the Little Driver Wheel pattern. In case you need to stock up on softie patterns before Christmas, you can use the coupon code ‘SewAllTheSofties’ for 40% off all patterns, expiring Sunday 11/16 – valid both on Etsy & on Swoodsonsays.com.

Little Driver Wheel pattern by Swoodson Says sewn by Friends Stitched TogetherSo, step one: Buy a new car to take pictures in:

Little Driver Wheel pattern by Swoodson Says sewn by Friends Stitched TogetherOK, so that’s not the real reason we got a new car (Toyota Camry – LOVE it!!!), but it sure worked out well to have a clean car!

Little Driver Wheel pattern by Swoodson Says sewn by Friends Stitched TogetherI’ve already made the backpack and the camera and palette (which I didn’t blog about, apparently), and just like those patterns, this one includes lots of tips and practical ideas to make the most of it!

Little Driver Wheel pattern by Swoodson Says sewn by Friends Stitched TogetherMy biggest issue was stuffing the thing. Stephanie’s instructions are great, I’m just not a fan of stuffing toys in the first place and trying to get the circle even was driving me nuts. Then I realized it’s a toy and is going to get manhandled and misshapen anyways and gave up on perfection ;)

Little Driver Wheel pattern by Swoodson Says sewn by Friends Stitched TogetherI love the little crest in the center – it makes it look like an actual steering wheel! The entire alphabet is included, both regular and reversed, and upper- and lower-case.

Little Driver Wheel pattern by Swoodson Says sewn by Friends Stitched TogetherI had these little scraps of pintucked pleather from another project I’m working on (Daddy’s getting a moto jacket! It’s either going to be awesome or awesomely ridiculous!) and added them to the sides. My idea was to mimic how steering wheels are textured differently in different areas.

Little Driver Wheel pattern by Swoodson Says sewn by Friends Stitched TogetherBe sure to check out the rest of the tour stops this week – I’m sure you’ll find lots of inspiration for gift giving!

Monday, November 9th: Friends Stitched Together / Sew Happily Ever After / The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, November 10th: Felt With Love Designs / Sew Not Perfect / House of Estrela

Wednesday, November 11th: Lulu & Celeste / Handmade Boy / Rebel & Malice

Thursday, November 12th: Rebel & Malice / create3.5 / Free Notion

Friday, November 13th: Paisley Roots / The Wholesome Mama / Amazing Adventures With Bubba and Bug / Thread Riding Hood / Hugs are Fun

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