by Marta Orlowska
I like to recycle everything I can, so I’ve been collecting all my swatches, convinced that I would find a use for them. Just as I was reaching my storage limit, I thought up a way to use them all: Swatchies are little creatures made out of swatches, using leftover craft materials and a little imagination.
- Two swatches of similar size
- A handful of Polyfill
- A tapestry needle
- Crochet hook of choice
- Scraps of yarn and felt
- Any other crafty materials you have left over from other projects (ribbons, buttons, beads, Fun Fur, etc.)
There is no set pattern for making a Swatchie; everyone's will be different. Following is the way to make the body of a Swatchie and ideas on how to fancy it up. Be creative, and most importantly, recycle, reuse, and re-purpose!
Step 1. With right sides together, sew the two swatches together along three sides using the tapestry needle and some yarn.
Step 2. Flip the Swatchie body inside out. Stuff with Polyfill and sew up the bottom.
Ideas to Accessorize
- Hook into the sides of the body and make limbs by adding chains from scraps of yarn
- Sew or glue felt eyes and spots
- Make hair with Fun Fur
- Embroider designs
- Sew on buttons
- Add googly eyes