My boys have multiple lovies. Blankets, aka "bookies," stuffed animals and the like fill their beds every night. I don't know if this is something I created or if it's just their personalities. Either way it's kind of sweet. They are so affectionate and cuddly. Unfortunately, they are all baby lovies; nothing they can grow with. That's where Buddy comes in. I found Buddy in Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby. He's so odd and silly looking - he's perfect!
When making Buddy, I followed the book's instructions rather simply, aside from the legs and arms. I don't know why I had trouble here. The directions are pretty straight-forward. I typically like to cut corners wherever I can and I think that's where I got into trouble. (If you try making your own Buddy, I'm sure you'll do just fine.) I like the fact that Buddy has no removable parts (his eyes and mouth are painted on) and he doesn't transform! Buddy is simple, requiring imagination only! I was worried my oldest might not like him due to his simplicity, but he loves him!
I gave Buddy some pants by cutting his legs out of a contrasting material and covering his bottom half in the same material as his legs. I couldn't have Buddy running around naked! The other little guy in the picture above is "Needermier!" He was a gift for my girlfriend's little boy who just turned two. He was inspired by hours of Nick Jr. They have the most amazing illustrations in between shows. I adore Moose A. Moose and his pal Zee! "Needermier" is suppose to be a dog, but I'm not sure he really looks like one. Oh well, whatever the case, my girlfriend just informed me yesterday that he is loved dearly and sleeps with her son nightly. Yay!
Think you might make a Buddy of your own? I recently made a second Buddy for my youngest too! It's a day's work (maybe less without distractions) and worth every second. PS...Buddy would make a great gift too. xo