Flashback Friday – Cuddly Critters – And a new freebie

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.


This week I am bringing you the Cuddly Critter collection.

This collection began with me seeing a really cute set of chubby animals clipart. I could just imagine the threads curving around the body of the animals.

I have always been conscious of the fact that there are many more girl embroidery designs than boy designs. Having a son first, I really made an effort in the early days to ensure that I had just as many designs that were suitable for little boys as little girls.

The Cuddly Critter collection initially comprised of 9 different animal designs, however I wanted to give any customer the best value for money, and created the designs in 3 different sizes, small, medium and large, as well as just the faces, and a special set of designs to create the fantastic foam blocks.

I had fallen in love with the foam block idea (hard for the kids to hurt themselves, and I am not stepping on little bits of lego). As part of the design collection, I made designs of shape names and shapes, animal names to go with the animals, and colour and numbers.  Mix and match the designs together to create the fantastic blocks.

The first thing I made for the children was the blocks. The girls were probably only 1 at the time, and would spend hours building up the blocks for Cameron to knock down.

I can remember we had a mothers group lunch at our place at some point, and I was so happy that the other mothers liked the concept. I actually made a set of these blocks for the kindergarten at the time, and they were part of a raffle to be used for fundraising.

I also made a fantastic set of finger puppets with these designs, which were great when we were doing speech therapy with Emma.

These were the first collection that I really discovered the joys of working with thick designs. After much trialling, I found that I had to sandwich the fabric between two layers of stabiliser, so that the fabric could not pull.


One of my favourite things about these designs is the way the threads move around the round stomach of the animals. I think the pig is my favourite of these designs, she is just so cute.

Other things that I have used these designs for over the years include quick t-shirt or jumper designs, a great decoration on a pillowcase.


Initially we gave away a 3 part animal face design HERE as a freebie with the Cuddly Critter designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering the Giraffe design as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.


Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

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