In the week leading up to Boston Snowbound Expo I brought my ski and snowsports fabric designs together in this ski bunny character.
The fabrics are all in my Spoonflower shop here. The fabric used is the Petal Signature Cotton.
The fabric designs used for the bunny are Ski Icons, Snow Crystals on Warm Colours, Ski Goggle Reflections, Ski Peaks, Ski Isometric Pattern, Heart Plaid and Ski Fun. He has a heart on one paw symbolising love and the sun on the other paw for light.
Here is the bunny as part of my display at Snowbound Expo at the Hynes Convention Centre in Boston, Massachusetts last weekend.
He was alongside the swatch book of my designs and on fabric samples used as tablecloth sections.
I chose from my 25 fabric designs to cut, sew and stuff this new character.
He started as a sketch, after taking shape in my mind for a while.
I planned the fabric pieces for contrast and variety.
After cutting all the fabric pieces, managing not to start sewing before I had done this, I then started to bring the pieces together.
I’m not the best at sewing but I wanted to show one way that the fabrics could be used, to help inspire people for their projects.
The shoulders and feet were particularly tricky.
When I previously made a stuffed character I struggled with the fiddleiness and small seam allowances. So this time I added interfacing on the reverse of all the fabrics to make them easier to work with.
It feels like magic to sew with fabrics that I designed. Thanks to Spoonflower for printing them so vibrant and detailed.
This little dude is set to travel. He got his eyes sewn on Monday and flew to the United States on Tuesday.
It was great to chat about sewing projects and discuss ideas at the booth. So he now just needs a name. You can email your suggestion or add it in the comments.
See this short animated video clip of him here. No sooner was he completed that he went off skiing! Animated in Aardman Animation’s ‘Animate It’ app.
The Inspire by Kim shop on Spoonflower has over 20 ski, snowsports and winter themed designs to choose from. Select the designs you wish to order, select the type of fabric from voile to velvet, decide the quantity, and Sooonflower print it on demand and ship it to you. Find my shop here.
I’m keen to see whatever is made in the fabrics so please share it on email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media please tag it @inspirebykim
Thank you so much, happy making!
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