Microcrafts mini stuffed dog, bowl, and bone
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
More or less, I guess
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Mostly, but the author's written instructions weren't always clear. For example, she doesn't always specify the type of stitches you need, and the bone instructions just said to fold the piece of felt in half, but didn't specify which way. It's not hard to figure things out from the photos, though.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The end result. Squee!
Also, it's pretty instant gratification -- it only takes a couple of hours to finish one of these guys. Probably less, if you're a fast hand-sewer.
Felt from Michael's (29 cents a sheet!)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used No-Sew glue to attach the spots, the nose, and the tail. (The book says to whipstitch them, but I tried and it looked pretty awful.) I used a toothpick to add black fabric paint for the eyes, instead of embroidering them on.
The book tells you to embroider an upside-down Y for the mouth, but I didn't see a mouth on the dog in the photo, oddly enough. I left it out.
For the bowl, I had a hard time figuring out the written instructions. I wound up whipstitching the bottom to the side, sewing the short side, and then flipping the top down.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh yeah, I'm already planning more. I'd like to make a kitty, too -- maybe a mini-version of Harley, my intrepid sewing assistant.
More at my blog.