(I will not be including a pic of said stash!)
Once I decided on a selection of jumpers and scraps I set about scouring the interweb for inspiration, and there is plenty out there...
http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/Easy-Sewing-Projects-for-Beginners which is a short and sweet list of easy projects to get the novice seamstress hooked, I particularly liked this,
I also liked
(pattern available from http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/lavender-sachet-how-to.html)
However, I wanted something more fun, so I moved onto every crafters favourite site - Pinterest (you can find some of my inspiration on my boards http://pinterest.com/carolinemakesit)
I settled on a simple shape for my first attempt - An Elephant!!
And here he is...
His name is Oscar and I have to say, I am rather proud of him! He is upcycled from a felted jumper.
Oscar didn't take very long, so I decided on something more adventurous, so with out a pattern, or indeed any idea at all, I set about making Olive! What do you think?
Olive, much like her namesake from 'On the Buses' is not the most glamorous of Owls, but she has a good heart and wants to be loved, and lucky for Olive I have a four year old daughter who has instantly fallen in love with her! Ahhhhh