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Hello, and welcome to the last day of our From Bump to Baby blog tour! I've really enjoyed seeing what my blogging friends have made with my fabric this week and I hope you have too.

I feel so fortunate in getting to design for Moda. Besides making the best quilting fabrics around, they are genuinely NICE people.  They are so generous with the yardage and precuts they send me and that generosity makes these kinds of blog hops possible. So, thank you Moda!

Now the fun stuff...I want to show you how to make these skinny little friends! They aren't big so they don't require a lot of fabric, are quick to put together and are just the right size for small arms to carry. Here's how you do it!

MATERIALS (exact fabric yardages are listed on the pattern.)
• 3 Coordinating Fabrics
• Fusible Fleece
• Fiber Fill
• Embroidery Floss
• 2 Small Buttons for Eyes (optional)
Tube Turning Kit (very handy, but optional)
• Pattern Templates - See PDF Download
• Fabric Marking pencil

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Print out pattern pieces at 100% on letter size paper. Cut them out and tape together the larger pieces matching up the button symbol.

2. Cut fabric to size following cutting guide included in PDF and sew together as indicated using a 1/4" seam. Press.
3. Cut fusible fleece to fit all fabric units and fuse according to package instructions. Quilt the "onesie/clothes" panels of the sewn units as desired. I used straight lines, but a meandering stitch would be fun too.

4. Lay out pattern pieces according to layout guide in the PDF and trace them on the front side of the fabric units. Take care to mark dots that show where to attach ears, arms, legs and tail. Cut out pieces.

5. Embroider the facial features or add buttons for eyes if you want.

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6. Sew together the arms, legs, tail & ear pieces. Turn and stuff with fiber fill. Don't stuff the ears, though. Leave about a half inch at the opening unstuffed for sewing. This tube turning kit makes easy work of this if you have one! Trimming the seam allowance also makes them easier to turn.

7. Pin and baste arms & legs and ears to the front body (piece A.) Do the same thing with the tail on the back body (piece B.)

8. Pin and sew back body pieces together at the center leaving opening for turning. 
9. Sew front body to back body making sure the arms and legs are tucked in and away from the sewing line. I found it easier to sew each side one at a time shifting those stringy appendages as needed!

10. Turn body right side out, stuff with fiber fill and sew up the back opening with a ladder stitch. Your skinny kitty is now ready to be loved!

NOTE: The assembly of the skinny puppy is much the same except that embroidery of the nose and attachment of the ears happens after it's stuffed. Just slip stitch the ears closed after turning. And sew to head at the marked dots.

If you make these little friends I hope you'll share photos with me...I would love to see them!

Those nice Moda people that I mentioned earlier have given me a fat quarter bundle of From Bump to Baby to give to one lucky reader. Just leave me a comment and I'll draw a winner at random on Sunday afternoon. And be sure to visit our other bloggers who posted this week for a chance to win their precuts as well. 

Monday the 23rd
Becca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
Tuesday the 24th
Sally Keller of Sally's Angelworks
Wednesday the 25th
Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts
Jessica Toye of Jess Toye Quilts
Thursday the 26th
Hilary Smith of Young Texan Mama
Tammie Schaffer of Crafty Tammie

Good luck and happy sewing!!

g.