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SisterT | Posted in Patterns on


My very pregnant sister is having a baby shower in less than a month and I have come up with the perfect gift, but have no pattern.  She and her husband have a couple of acres of lemon trees surrounding their house, and it is a bit of a family joke.  I would love to make fabric lemons as toys for the little baby, but right now all the pattern books have patterns for stuffed pumkins and candy canes.  I CAN work out my own pattern, but there is always the hope that something is already out there….

Can anyone suggest a website or a pattern that might be helpful?  Please?

Sr. Tracey


  1. SewTruTerry | | #1

    Sr Tracey

    How about using a football pattern and just make it out of various yellow fabrics. If you round one end a little more than the other it should work.  Think using an egg shaped piece of material and using 3 or 4 of them sewn together. Maybe you could even make several of them and make a mobil for above the childs crib.  It would even be better if you could make the base of the mobile look like a lemon tree.  To take it even further if you could get a recording of "Just a little lemon tree" would make it the talk of the town or at least the family. 

    Good luck.

  2. Judygoeson | | #2

    I just began checking into my cache of books and magazines for you...I know that there have been several Vogue patterns throughout the years dealing with fruit and vegetable sculpture which you might be able to find on amazon.com,ebay etc.  Better Homes and Gardens has put out some original patterns as has Family Circle, Womans Day and yes, McCalls in their magazines as well as books.  I will keep looking, if you'd like.  Maybe I will anyway.  It would be nice to start a catalogue of stuffed food patterns.  (Hmm, most "sane" people collect recipes for stuffed cabbage & edible things.)

    A good way to make a pattern is to take a real lemon, cut it lengthwise into quarters and scrape the insides off one of the fourths.  Use that as a pattern.  Use the rest of the lemon to make lemonade so you'll feel good.

    Happy sewing from JudyG

  3. Tish | | #3

    How about a lemon-yellow Polarfleece bunting with a hood that has a pointy tip at the feet and appliqued lemon leaves on the hood?  Add a card mentioning how "sweet" this one is...

    I've been playing around with polarfleece and it is very easy to work with, using a small zig-zag stitch both for seams and applique.  Get real Polarfleece directly from the mill, don't mess with the knock-offs.  Minimun order is one yard.

    1. SisterT | | #4

      Thank you for the suggestions.  I never thought of Better Homes and Gardens--will check that out.

      The baby outfit, Tish, sounds too cute!  Thanks for the suggestion--I was not thinking of an outfit for the baby, but who can resist that? (The kid will NOT need clothes, both grandmothers are within a 30 mile radius!)


    2. SisterT | | #5


      I have finished the baby bunting--I found a soft creamy yellow fleece, and I appliqued the leaves over the top of the hood, and along the bottom.  The Sisters here have flipped out over it and it seems like the baby shower (a whole week away) is TOO long to wait!  Sigh.

      The pattern I found has a seam right up the middle of the back of the hood.  It makes for easy sewing, but why would a person put a seam where the little baby is going to rest her head?  If I ever make another one, I am going to make some adjustments to the pattern.

      The fleece is fun to work with.  I can see all kinds of possibilities for your idea--snowmen ("snowpersons"?!), pumpkins, various animals....

      Thank you so much for the suggestion!

      Sr. Tracey

      1. Tish | | #6

        You're welcome!  Have you sewn with fleece before?  I never did until two years ago, when I made a pair of zippered mittens for my mom.  She had Alzheimer's Disease and I wanted hand-coverings that my dad could put on her without having to use force.  Anyway, I found fleece to be a wonder. 

        When I finish school I'm going to make some warm clothes for a pair of twins coming back from Pakistan in January; they'll be cold.  I'm thinking a golden-tan cap with fleece fringe, round ears, and a lion face that faces backwards, along with mittens that have claws appliqued on them for one girl, and maybe a panda face and panda paws for the other. (They're about 18 months old.)

        When I was a pre-schooler I had a hat that was made of knitted pieces sewn together, and the pattern would be perfect for fleece.  The seam circled the back of my head, so the back of the hat was flat.  The cap was white and there was a snow-man face on the back, with black buttons for eyes, a felt triangle nose and a row of red buttons for the mouth.  There was a "scarf" that went under the snowman's chin and around to the front to tie under my chin.

        Congratulations on becoming an aunt!  Promise us that you'll teach your little lemon to sew, boy or girl.

      2. rjf | | #7

        That sounds just darling.  Please take a picture so we can see.  How goes the thesis?  rjf

        1. SisterT | | #8

          The thesis?  The bunting was much more satisfying.  A bit of work, some pretty fabric, a little creativity and it was finished.  I'm still working on the stupid thesis.  Sigh.


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