May Gibbs is one of Australia’s most revered illustrators, artists, and children’s authors. Its fictional world of jungle has captured the imaginations of Australians for more than a century. If you grew up in Australia, you grew up with May Gibbs. Often seen in classrooms from a young age, you can read some stories online here. But her signature designs aren’t limited to storybooks. The designs have been converted into a range of different products including apparel. This sewing tutorial uses an amazing array of fabrics from May Gibbs that are available for purchase at your local Spotlight store. For this craft project, I wanted to create something warm for little ones in their fist. But even though this sewing project is aimed at younger ones, by all means, do one for older kids as well. The pattern can be easily adapted to hold pajamas or even a hot water bottle. If you’re looking for more May Gibbs-inspired crafts and activities, check out our custom Pinterest board. You will need 1/4 meter stretchable fabric or cotton in the May Gibbs set small stretchable leather bits for your face hands, sewing needle and thread, toy stuffing, embroidery thread, eye and mouth color, scissors, pattern printable from here, May Gibbs pattern So, to start the first step, start by cutting the pattern pieces, fold the fabric so that you have a crease at one end (this is for the body). Cut the left and right sides of the body by 1/2 and unfold to reveal the entire body. Alternatively, you can cut the body out of the pattern paper and shape the whole body shape to the paper by gluing the two sides together. This pattern was created in 1/2 so you can easily print this pattern at home, trace your pattern onto the white / wrong side of the fabric and clip it. I added a hat pattern at the same time. Step 2: Print your patterns and cut them out of paper. These pattern shapes are not difficult to draw so you can edit this step, just make sure to keep the basic shapes as shown below. You should have two bodies and two hats, Step 3 The next step is to cut off the head and hands from the leather colored fabric, Step 4 Take your head and hands and sew them into tubes as shown below. Make sure the extension goes through the tube as this will give a rounder head and hand once complete. Turn both pieces out to form tubes, take the long, narrow piece (hands) and tie it into a knot in the middle. Step 5 Next, fill each hand with toy stuffing and sew it closed using the basic running stitch to assemble it. Step 6: Lay it aside and start sewing the body and hat. The body and the hat must be sewn from the inside out and turned over correctly. Make sure to leave the arms open and the neck open to the head. Step 7 Press the hat and body flat with a warm iron. Then using toy stuffing, add some stuffing to the doll’s body. It should be soft and flat when filled (it is a flexible snuggle doll). Step 8: Put the hands in place and sew each hand to the sleeve. Fold the sleeve down slightly to form a neat hem hem, then using stitched stitches, draw the hand inside and secure with stitches. Do the same with the other sleeve, joining the hands in the center. Step 9 Next, take the hat and tie a knot at the top to form the top of the gum. Step 10: step aside and make the head. Take your head tube and thread one end closed using the running stitch technique. Fill with padding and close the head. Step 11 Next using the running stitch, create a neck that should be 3/4 of the way down your head. Pull the stitches to form the neck but do not pull it too tight because you want the neck to be thick to fit and secure the body. Step 12: Create the face using embroidery floss. Come on from the back of the face, create stitches for the eyes and mouth using the photo as a guide. Step 13: Sew the head into the neck hole, forming a hem or tucked into the edge and sew the head in place by sewing a running stitch around the neck fabric and pulling over the neck. Locking with stitches. Step 14 The last step is to place the hat on the doll and stitch it to the side of the head. Use small neat stitches to secure it in place around the head as shown. Add some little blush to the cheeks, a band around the neck, and your May Gibbs-inspired snuggle is complete!