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While the Little One is Still Young

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I can't even count the number of wonderful sewing tutorials I have squirreled away, planning to make them for my kids, only to have the kids outgrow the project before I even started it. 

When my youngest celebrated yet another birthday, I knew I was running out of time for all the cute stuffed animal accessories I want to make.  So, I finally attempted the carrycot tutorial I had been saving.

I made mine in flannel with fabrics from the It's a Jungle In Here collection from Henry Glass.  The line has a great print with all the jungle animals but my guy loves his monkeys so there was no question which fabric to choose.  The monkeys come in blue, yellow or green but green is his favorite color.

I followed the Doll + Toy Carrycot Tutorial from Sew Mama Sew.  It has easy to follow instructions, lots of photos and the measurements and instructions for the mattress and pillow are also included.  

The tutorial calls for a lovely ruffle between the top band and the body of the cot but I thought it would look more "manly" without the ruffle.

It is made to fit toys and dolls 16" long.  First I tried his stuffed sloth, Slowpoke, but he's a little longer than that and I thought he looked a little uncomfortable.

So, for the photos, we decided to go with the Banana, the monkey.  I guess he does look a little lost in there.  Hmmm . . . maybe he needs a blanket.  

Well, I am going to share this at the Sew Can She Showoff Saturday linky party while I go make one. While I do that, you can check out the It's a Jungle in Here collection or take a peek at the other projects being shared over at Sew Can She.


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