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    Stuffed Hobbes (with pattern)

    My dad - a longtime C&H fan - has been asking me to make one of these for years, and a few weeks ago I finally got around to looking up patterns. This one was by far the most realistic-looking, so I decided to try it. My first thoughts after reading the warnings about it being "extremely time-consuming" and requiring "a lot of hand stitching" were Phsh! I'm a hand-stitching master and it can't possibly-Yeah. I was wrong. So, so many blanket stitches! That first thought was definitely hubris. Plus I don't have a machine, so lots of hand stitching all around. It wasn't a terrible experience at all, though. I mean, I got to hug a stuffed animal for hours on end while sewing on its stripes. Who can say no to that? Commenting on the pattern in general, the cut-out sha...see more »My dad - a longtime C&H fan - has been asking me to make one of these for years, and a few weeks ago I finally got around to looking up patterns. This one was by far the most realistic-looking, so I decided to try it. My first thoughts after reading the warnings about it being "extremely time-consuming" and requiring "a lot of hand stitching" were Phsh! I'm a hand-stitching master and it can't possibly-Yeah. I was wrong. So, so many blanket stitches! That first thought was definitely hubris. Plus I don't have a machine, so lots of hand stitching all around. It wasn't a terrible experience at all, though. I mean, I got to hug a stuffed animal for hours on end while sewing on its stripes. Who can say no to that? Commenting on the pattern in general, the cut-out shapes were nearly perfect (and very easy to alter even when they didn't quite line up), and the directions were clear and easy to follow. Unlike the end result of many other stuffed animal patterns, the limbs were so secure when I finished that I doubt they will ever need re-sewing, so the author's suggestion to sew around and around with invisible stitches was a good one. A few alterations I made: Rather than use 3/4 in. stripes, I used 1/2-5/8 in. on the limbs and slightly thinner strips on the tail, and trimmed down the shaped stripes by about 1/8 in. I also didn't stuff it as tightly as is shown in the original pattern, so it's sort of limp and floppy. For the tail, I filled a little cloth pouch with glass microbeads and sewed it shut, then dropped it into the tail tip before adding the stuffing. Most of the alterations were just personal preference, and they weren't at all difficult to make. Overall, this was a wonderful pattern! Many thanks to the creator for designing and posting it.

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