Make Your Own Mr Men Softies
I love Mr Men almost as much as my kids do. It’s definitely one of those children’s library classics with a special place in my early childhood reading memories. My mum bought me Mr Men books back then in the eighties and now I’ve got a whole library of them for my own kids.
I love how each book in the Mr Men series tells a story of a Mr Men or Little Miss character with a distinct physical or personality attribute with a moral lesson. Much credit should be given to Andy Hargreaves, (son of the late Roger Hargreaves the creator of the original Mr Men characters and books)for not only continuing a wonderful legacy with fresh revamped illustrations of the characters and brand-new stories of them, including a new animation series on TV.
My daughter B has probably read every one of these series and proudly announced one day when she just turned 4 that she was Miss Chatterbox. I wonder if there’s any truth to her observation that mummy is ‘Little Miss Neat’ and daddy is ‘Mr Strong’ and her little brother is ‘Mr Happy’.
When I was presented with my new sewing machine I was looking for projects that I could save as family heirlooms to be passed down to my grandchildren one day. The result was this bunch of Mr Men and Little Miss softies for my little B and C. I’ve also made a bunch of fondant Mr Men cupcakes for one of B’s birthdays in conjunction with the birthdays of one of her cousins and friend.
It took me a few weeks to complete them but has been one of the best felt sewing projects I’ve ever done seeing the reaction on B’s delighted face. They live proudly in the top shelf of her bedroom and hopefully always in her memories of her mum and her sharing a book together.