Making Stuff: Lovie Blankets {Stitch Savvy Blog Tour}

by This is Carrie on January 15, 2013

When I got my hands on Deborah Moebes’ (of Whipstich) second sewing book, Stitch Savvy, the “Lovie Blanket” was the first project to jump out at me.

This project is one part stuffed animal…

…and one part “blankie”.

My babies have always been attached to their minky blankets and a travel-sized one as cute as this would have been fun to have.

Stitch Savvy comes with all the pdf patterns on a handy-dandy cd which made it very convenient and quick to get started (that is once I chose the fabric from my stash–which took me FOREVER).

Every project in the book is aimed at helping you master new skills.  Helpful sewing tips and techniques, all written in the distinct voice of the lovely, funny and talented, Deborah Moebes (who I was lucky enough to room with at Sewing Summit), are littered throughout the book .  For example, the Luvie Blanket project helps you step out of your  ”I only sew with cotton fabric” comfort zone with easy to follow instructions on how to work with faux fur.

I appreciated the suggestion to line the blanket with a satiny fabric for a “cool, smooth touch” but I had already picked out a yarn-dyed cotton and a printed cotton, so I ended up making three little Lovie Blankets.  My next three friends who have babies are in for a treat!

One of the best features of the Stitch Savvy is the suggested “next steps” at the end of every project which help build on the skills you’ve just learned while adding new skills. I highly recommend this book to every beginner and intermediate sewer out there.  If you’re a quilter, you’ll feel comfortable with some projects but will be pushed through others to explore home dec and apparel sewing.  If you’re an apparel sewist, you’ll feel comfortable with some projects but will also be pushed to learn new skills and venture into the world of quilting.  I think I might actually give that Improvisational Landscape quilt a try someday.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Cecilia January 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm

The more reviews I see of this book, the more interested in owning one I get. Thanks for the review.

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usairdoll January 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Looks like an awesome book with some neat projects. Love your darling little blankie animals!

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greendoodle January 16, 2013 at 11:32 am

These lovies are absolutely adorable! Beautiful work. Looks like I’ve got a new book for the wish list. Heidi

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dana January 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm

these turned out so cute Carrie. That project really jumped out at me in the book because it was so different than the typical projects. Love your spin on it and fabric choices!

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jonita mortensen January 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

LOVE THESE!!!! NEED TO TRY MAKING THEM SOMETIME.

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Fran January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Every review of this book that I’ve read shows a different
aspect……I love those blankie animals ! What a great shower gift.
Seems like a great book & a chance to learn some new techniques.

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Candie January 31, 2013 at 10:18 am

Super cute! You did a great job! Seriously, each time I see this book mentioned and any of the cute projects shown, the more I think I need to get it. I am not much of a sewer, but I’m really tempted to try a few of the things I’ve seen!

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Jennifer January 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

These are so adorable. I have the book on order and cannot wait to make one. My son just lost his froggie lovie today when Grandma took him to the mall, so now we NEED this book! I think a soft bunny lovie will be a great replacement.

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Anneliese February 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

I love these little bunnies! They are so adorable. Perfect fabric combinations.

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Eran August 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

My son who passed away in march 2013 had a bunny very similar to this is there anyway someone really crafty can make one for me so I can put his in his memory box?

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Sheena Pile September 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

How can I get this pattern? Adorable!

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