The Strangest Thing I've Ever Made

Recently I was asked to make a soft toy for a friend's baby.  My friend had seen someone making toys out of baby's first babygrows (onesies) and wondered if I could do the same. 
Certainly I said.  What animal do you want?  (She'd shown me bears, elephants and rabbits).
A kiwi, was the reply.

There is a reason for this request - the baby's father is a New Zealander, and the kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand. 
I'll see what I can do, I said, not for one minute thinking you could get a pattern to make a kiwi soft toy.  However only a short search proved me wrong (which I'm very pleased about, because I was wondering how on earth I could MAKE a pattern myself). 
An Etsy shop called Funky Friends Factory has patterns for all kinds of soft toys, including this:
I thought it was rather sweet.
Here's my version, made from pieces of 5 of the baby's first babygrows. 
One side is floral
This side says "Born in 2013"
Underneath I embroidered the baby's name and date of birth.

I think this must rank right up there with one of the strangest things I've ever made, although I do think it's pretty cute. 
What's the strangest thing you've ever made?

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  1. That's so cute! Love your new design too!

    1. Thanks Gail, it is cute, isn't it? I'm hoping to get a new new design soon, and make a couple of other changes too. All will be revealed soon.

  2. GORGEOUS! It's so pretty and the details are so precious.

  3. So cute! Strange coincidence though, today I've been making an owl for my niece from her baby clothes!

  4. Although there are 5 kiwis in my house, of the non feathered variety, I can't say I have made a kiwi or should I say stuffed toy kiwi because I have produced 3 kiwii kids! The concept of onesies is genius and very cute

  5. Although I have produced 3 kiwi kids I can't say I have ever sewn a kiwi. I love the concept of the onesies and it is very cute!

  6. That is an absolutely adorable toy and I hope it brings many happy memories.

  7. That is seriously gorgeous!!! No wonder your circle of children friends loves you and your makes!! How sweet of you.

  8. This is just the cutest soft toy, I have ever seen..[Much prettier than the real bird, ha]// You did an excellent job..
    Happy sewing.

  9. Brilliant! Love your new logo, too!


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