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Jo Carter  Soft toy designer, quilter, drink tea by the litre. Contributor to Simply Sewing, Love Patchwork & Quilting and guest demonstrator on Sewing Quarter๐Ÿ“บ

This croc is one of my all time favourite designs, the @carolynfriedlander #reptile fabric was just too perfect! The pattern is available in the current issue (issue 45) of @simplysewingmag
Can't tell you how many different types of nostrils I tried on this croc, eventually ended up going with fairly straightforward ones after spending hours testing all sorts of origami inspired styles. I had a bin full of discarded croc nostrils by the end... #simplysewing #simplysewingmag #gleaned #reptilegleaned #carolynfriedlander #robertkaufman #robertkaufmanfabrics #sewingforkids #sewingpattern #sewingpatterndesigner #crocodile #croc #softie #softies #softiedesigner #sewingsofties #jocarter #jocarterdesigns #aligator #crocodiletoy #softtoy #sewist #sewistofinstagram #sewistsofinstagram #softtoydesigner #sewasoftie

Just had to pause for a small cry during tonight's chapter much to bemusement of 7yo "but it's nice really and not sad, Mum" #always

Whenever the self doubt creeps in I turn to Gareth and his look of 'Relax. You've got this.'

New avi sorted.

Consistency or is it getting out of hand?

This time 11 years ago it was chucking it down and this little man had been in the world for nearly 4 hours. 11 today and finally a sunny birthday! ๐Ÿ’•

Taking a chance on everyone staying home and watching the football. We're recording it and switching the WiFi off very shortly...

Got to do some for-me sewing last weekend at the #simplysewin2018 and made a second #stashanddashbag by #patternsbyannie . Main fabrics are Sweet Dreams by Anna Maria Horner with a bit of Reptile by Carolyn Friedlander (love this fabric and have used it for an upcoming toy...) for the contrast bits. Bag supplies were bought from: Soft and Stable/mesh fabric/slider from @bobbingirlbagmaking and strap inner/coloured metal zips (I LOVE a jazzy zip) from @vhaberdashery This bag is perfect for throwing in when I'm on my travels and want to take a handsewing project with me - might keep tea-bags in the bottom pocket.

This is fabulous pineapple doorstop by @sosobecs is also in issue 44 of #simplysewingmag and is now at the top of my to-sew list ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›

@simplysewingmag styling is always just the best ๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿ’› This pattern is in issue 44 which is in the shops now and has a pineapple doorstop in it too which is the best thing ever ๐Ÿ

Mini cactus #fpp with embroidered flower. This was supposed to be a pincushion but once I'd quilted it using some bosal it became clear that it was too tough to put pins in - a fairly major flaw in a pincushion. Plan B was to make it into a needle book which I did but forgot to take any pics of but I'm going to make another one anyway and might do the pattern properly too at some point ๐ŸŒต

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