Myrtle the Turtle

Today I’m showing you Baby’s first toy. This pattern came from the Purl Bee, and it is utterly precious.


Myrtle the Turtle is made with Kaufman Chambray (which I need a whole bolt of!), a favorite Liberty print, and a beautiful gray wool felt from Maureen’s shop.


She’s bigger than I expected she would be. I’m hoping that my baby isn’t as big as her, actually. But I do think she’s is the perfect size to grow with. I hope she will be loved for many years.


Anyway, if you are looking to make a quick and gratifying project for your child, or you need something unique for a baby shower, this pattern is perfect. Its such a quick sew, and its so darn cute! From cutting to finishing Miss Myrtle, I think I was done in an hour. Or I would have been had I not needed to go out for more stuffing. I have to stuff things FULL, or I know they’ll get lumpy, and Myrtle was no exception. Have you ever seen a lumpy turtle? So I stuffed until I could get no more in her shell before I stitched up her side. And I love her. I think she has a lovely, full shape.


Purl is full of awesome baby projects, and I’m finding that I keep referencing the Purl Bee for patterns and inspiration for our new arrival. I know I’ll be making lots more in the next thirteen weeks!

Come back tomorrow to see a brand new Oliver + S dress for Layla. Its a pattern that is new to me, and I think you will like it!


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