Annie’s Penguin (sewn by Abby) and a Gingercake giveaway!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope that all of my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of laughter and lots of turkey and pumpkin pie.  Our family is in Chicago for the holiday, headed downtown today to see the decorated windows at Macy’s and The Christmas Market at Daly Plaza… a Christmas tradition every year that we are together in Chicago with my dad.  I know today is Black Friday, but rather than share a bunch of sales with you, I wanted to share about a sewing pattern that Abby and I are loving right now.

Virginia Lindsay and I have been acquainted with each other for about a year now through the Sew Fab Pattern Sale.  Virginia is the owner and designer for Gingercake Patterns, which I’m sure you recognize.  Gingercake has the most adorable collection of softie patterns, bags, and accessories.  Each one is cuter than the last and they all make such great gifts.  Virginia asked me if I would be a part of her Holiday Gifts Sewing Series and I couldn’t resist because it would give me a great excuse to make time to sew up one of her wonderful patterns.  That plan backfired (wonderfully) when Abby asked if she could sew the pattern.   

Abby is one of the most creative little girls that I have ever known, and she is always up for a mommy-daughter project.  I thought that one of the Gingercake patterns would be the perfect introduction to sewing for her.  She has played around a tiny bit on my machine, but has never completed a project on her own.  I figured ten years old was a great age to learn how to follow a pattern and sew up a project that she could call her own!  She chose Annie’s Penguin, a cute stuffed penguin pillow featuring a soft flannel body.

Annie's Penguin by Gingercake sewn by

After the boys were in bed one night we got to work.  I showed Abby how to cut out the pattern and follow the directions on the pattern for cutting on the fold.  I helped her pin the pattern to the fabric and she cut out the pieces herself.  

Annie's Penguin by Gingercake sewn by

By the way, I should mention that she chose the flannel herself, and I think it was the perfect choice.  This blue flowered flannel came from Joann Fabrics.

I have to once again confess my control issues.  I can’t tell you how many times I had to stop myself from taking over on the machine.  It was hard for me to allow her to do it herself because I would see her starting to go off course and I just wanted to jump in there and save it for her before it was too late and seams had to be ripped out.  I know that’s not how learning happens though and so I did my best to offer suggestions and support as she sewed.  I never want her to think that I don’t have confidence in her abilities.  That trust between a mother and daughter seems like such a fragile thing.

Annie's Penguin by Gingercake sewn by

I have to brag on my girl… she did such a great job on this pattern and that is partly due to what a great pattern it is.  Virginia has a knack for creating sewing patterns that are fun to sew.  Annie’s Penguin is such a great pattern for a beginner sewer like Abby.  She was SO VERY PROUD of herself when she had completed her penguin.  She sleeps with her penguin every single night now.  Having a successful experience with her first project has her excited about sewing more penguins for her Luke and Levi and her two younger cousins.  We are waiting on new Anne Kelle flannel to come in the mail for those.  I love that she will be making handmade gifts for family members this Christmas!  

Do you have children who are learning to sew?  What projects are they starting with?

Annie's Penguin sewn by

Annie's Penguin sewn by

 You can win the Annie’s Penguin PDF Pattern for your own pattern collection!  Just enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and I’ll pick a winner when it closes.  



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  1. Brenda Melahn says:

    I would have my daughter-in-law make it for Baby Cali :)

  2. kelli says:

    I would have my son Thomas help me make one — he loves penguins!

  3. Meriel A says:

    My two little girls (3 and 8 mo.) and my new niece all need a penguin! Love it :)

  4. Carla says:

    She did such a great job! What an adorable pattern!

    • Isn’t it cute, Carla? She really did such a wonderful job. And she loved every minute of it! Thanks so much for commenting over here today!. :)

  5. Vanessa B says:

    believe or not, Id make it first for our 29yr old son :-) He has always loved all things penquin! Thank You!!!

  6. Susan Loo says:

    Great Job Virginia! I hope my Annie penguin is as cute.

  7. virginia says:

    I love it! Great job Abby.

  8. jessica says:

    maybe my neice for a christmas present!

  9. Charlotte L. says:

    She did a great job. I have a 10 yr old daughter too! She has sewn some hairbows recently. It’s fun to see her work. But, I find myself having to sit on my hands quite often!! Thanks!

    • Isn’t it hard, Charlotte? I have to sit on my hands AND bite my tongue, ha ha ha! Thanks for your comment!

  10. melle e says:

    I would probably make 4! One for each of my littles… 2 nieces, a nephew and my own kidlet. :)

  11. Cathy Enders says:

    This is fantastic!! Abby is the same age I was when I learned to use the sewing machine. She did a great job! Please post her other sewing projects – what a great encouragement.

    • Thanks, Cathy! I plan to keep posting her projects… I’m so proud of her! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. barbara n says:

    My niece Alyssa loves penguins and this would be a great gift for her!

  13. Kellie Snyder says:

    She did such a great job!! I have the same issue when it comes to wanting to jump in! Deep breaths, right? lol

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