I get a lot of special requests. This time it was a meerkat doll. I seriously couldn't picture one in my head. I did some research (i.e., a Google image search) and familiarized myself with them. I couldn't find many artisan-made plush meerkats. After some sketches and input from my customer, I came up with this 16-inch plush cutie!
I am so happy with how the two different chenille fabrics look together! It's hard to find chenille these days, and it's very expensive when you do.

I can't even remember where I got the brown chenille, but I've used it on many projects. It's almost gone now. :(

The ivory chenille is repurposed from vintage drapes. I bought it specifically for plush animals and I *love* it on the meerkat!

The buttons were also a vintage find from my stash. I love being able to use things I've collected!

This little gal is ready for her trip to Australia! 


Here are all the pics from Laila the Meerkat's photo shoot:

As a reminder, my "Ellen" style purse is on special this month for only $37

Here's another example of this purse to hopefully spark your interest. Lisa ordered her "Ellen" in this rich, vibrant bird fabric! She also wanted a small coordinating pouch. (This style of pouch is $18). 

Check out more photos of Lisa's purse 'n pouch below!

Ta-da! I finished this adorable pair of plush elephants today. The big one was a custom order for a one-year-old boy. I decided to make a coordinating baby as a surprise! I've been playing around with a pattern by Bustle & Sew and thought I'd try a new size. I'm loving them!

I sewed on fleece eyes, instead of buttons like my previous elephants. I made these guys as toddler-friendly as possible, expecting them to be picked up by their ears and tails! 

The baby stands 5 inches tall and is 6 inches long. Here's a photo of him with a spool of thread for perspective. 

I kind of want to make 1,479 of them -- in all different fabrics! At this size, I'm even thinking of adding a loop so the toy can be attached to strollers or diaper bags. And how about adding crinkles, bells or squeakers? 

The larger elephant stands 10 inches tall and about a foot long. Her ears are ginormous, which is one of my favorite things about her. She looks great from all different angles. 

I have made elephant plushies in the past, which were much more like pillows. I couldn't figure out how to give them dimension or four legs! I learned a lot about making stuffed animals from the Bustle & Sew pattern. It's all about gussets, baby!

If you want to practice making plushies, Helen at Bustle & Sew is giving away a few tutorials. Along with "Charlie the Elephant" (which I modified to make my elephants), she has an adorable hedgehog plushie! I might have to try that one soon.

Here's a slide show of this patriotic pair! Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts!

    Rene Smits

    Welcome to my passion! 
    I specialize in creating high-quality custom purses and bags. Feel free to contact me with your custom requests. I also sell my ready-made pieces on Etsy: Sew Much Cuteness.

    Etsy shop

    Facebook page



    Flickr (fabric options):


    Cross Body
    Cross Body
    Custom Orders
    Ellen Purse
    Emily Bag
    Fabric Stores
    Jill Purse
    Lunch Tote
    Madeleine Bag
    Messenger Bag
    Sewing Studio
    Tote Bag
    Zigzag Bag


    April 2013
    February 2013
    January 2013