It’s been a while since Miss Luna Lapin made an appearance on this blog. This time she’s in company with a foxy friend.
So whilst the last Luna I made was for a friend of Summer’s, this one is for her to keep. The Reynard is for Dylan. We’re teetering on the edge of softies not being cool, but for the moment these were received with glee and are treasured.
If you’re not familiar with the world of Luna Lapin and friends, they’re the creation of Sara Peel of CoolCrafting. There’s also a very active and creative online community.
Ma will be the first to say that Luna, her friends, and to a lesser extent the online community, have been a lifeline for her during this pandemic. Ma has been shielding since March so has barely ventured out of the house since then. But making small felt animals and their clothes has kept her hands and mind occupied. Therapeutic creativity at it’s finest.
CoolCrafting is close enough to me that in normal times I can jump in the car, whiz up the motorway and shop to my hearts content. I also have time for to stop for coffee and cake before I’m needed home. Not only is it the home of Luna and her friends, but she stocks gorgeous dressmaking fabrics, patterns and notions, and the same for knitting and crochet!
Whilst that’s not an option at the moment (#lockdown) their website is grand. You have options to buy kits, just patterns, or individual supplies to supplement what you’ve already got. These critters are obviously a super way to use up scraps of fabric and yarn to make tiny clothes (yes, there are knitting patterns too).
There are also 3 books full of characters and clothes to choose from. Rabbity hares, foxes, dogs and sheep all feature, plus more besides.
I’m such a fan of these little critters. If you fancy a bit of hand sewing….make a character. If you want some whimsical sewing…make some clothes.
It goes without saying that this isn’t a sponsored post. It’s just that CoolCrafting is such a great shop (and I’m rather fond of Luna) it would be rude not to sing their praises.
I made the animals here, but Ma stepped in and made the clothes.
Reynard has a natty cravat, corduroy breeches, and a tweed jacket. The epitome of a country gentleman.
Luna has a Liberty print dress, with lace trimmed bloomers and a cosy felt coat.
A patchwork scarf finishes it off.
The coat pattern calls for tiny buttonholes, but we were happy to cheat a little and use snaps instead.
These stuffies won’t stand up to the rough and tumble of being played with, so they aren’t suitable for younger children. However, they are perfect for older ones as a friend to sit on a desk to keep you company during homework.
They’re also lovely gifts for certain adults who appreciate a bit of whimsy. You know the friends who’d love one, and the ones that would think you’d finally lost your mind.
I have to own that I have the makings for a snowy white Luna for me waiting in the wings. She’ll be a sewing companion. And I’ve got my eye on a squirrel too!