Sew Cute Patterns is more than just your ordinary pattern shop. It’s an imaginative place with a mission to inspire creativity and togetherness in a fun and easy way!
Creator, Diana, started Sew Cute Patterns in 2008 after spending years creating stuffed animals, teddy bears and plush toys for her two sons just for fun. She took such delight in watching them receive and get attached to their new pets. As they got older, they outgrew their love of stuffed animals and soft toys but Diana didn’t outgrow her love for making them. She began creating and selling the patterns so other parents and grandparents could experience the same delight with their own little ones. Based in Chicago, Diana created a sewing studio out of one of the bedrooms in her home and describes it as her ‘get away’ when creativity strikes. It’s a total mess of fabric, stuffing, plastic eyes, yarn, fur, glue guns and sewing machines, but she loves it! The patterns start with a simple doodle and then progress to become 3D. From paper to fabric, Diana loves seeing a new plushie idea come to life.
To her delight, Diana received her first child’s sewing machine when she was about 10 and began making clothes for her collection of dolls. These were definitely not what you would consider “designer” status but she still had loads of fun designing and sewing them! The sewing machine was then put away until her first son was born and then the sewing bug bit yet again. Everyone has their own childhood memories of fun times with their favorite toys. Diana wanted to be a part of this memory for her own children.
Diana believes that children and grandchildren delight in receiving a handmade gift made with only them in mind, created in their favorite patterns and colors. “There’s nothing more special than a gift made from grandma!” Diana says.
“There is, perhaps, no better reason to make your gift by hand than the pure pleasure of seeing their delighted faces when you give it to them! When you create the toy yourself, it’s so much fun to customise it by picking your own fabric and colors. Letting your little ones help pick out the fabric makes their new toy even more special. Children love to be part of the creative process. Their imaginations are endless”.
Handmade gifts are great fun to make, especially when you can make them together. To make the toy making process even more fun and interactive, Diana added fun activity pages and short stories for kids. The stories kids hear when they're young are the ones that they remember most, and reading together makes them even more memorable, especially when they’ve helped create their own customised character from the story! Reading time is great bonding time and develops a child’s curiosity, creativity and imagination.
The Sew Cute stories are coloring books so children can color the pages and design their own unique storybook. Coloring the storybook, reading the story and then sewing your own customised characters all equal a memory that will last longer than the toy! The activity pages include fun printable sheets like coloring adoption certificates for their new pet. It’s not an official adoption until the proper paperwork has been filed!
Sign up for the Sew Cute mailing list and receive Snippet’s Snoozefest patterns and coloring storybook! Snippet the cat loves to nap. But really, who doesn’t!? Snippet is on a hunt to find her pals, Trinket the dog and Milly the mouse, so they can all cap nap together. Read the story of Snippet and her friends, let your little ones color the storybook pages and then create your own plush cat, dog and mouse from the story.
There are four great reasons to give the gift of handmade. They are fun to make, one of a kind, they are personal and crafted with love.