A few months ago I won a prize for the QuiltStory Lucky Stars QAL- a $35 gift certificate to Southern Fabric. One of the items that I chose to use my gift certificate on was this Heather Bailey Happy Stacker ring toy, as I had just found out I was pregnant, I couldn't resist this cuteness!
I was slightly intimidated by the instructions, so over Thanksgiving I took everything to my grandparents house, figuring if I worked on it there my grandmother could help me if I had any trouble. In the end I needent have worried. The pattern was very well written and came together without too much trouble- if you don't factor in my newbie sewing pattern follwing mistakes. Who knew you had to actually mark those notches and things when you cut your fabric? Yeah... so there was a little backtracking. The middle part (aka the hole) required handsewing and was probably what took the most amount of time- not because it was hard, but because I didn't feel like hand sewing and was taking my sweet time.
Most fun of all- when I finished and posted it on Instagram Heather Bailey herself wrote to me! I had commented that I "hoped" to finish up the other rings, now that I had made this one. She suggested "manufacturing" them, ie cutting everything at once and then doing each step like a production line. Probably a very good idea and what I will do going forward- but I wanted to test one before cutting everything. That way if I hated the result, I wouldn't have wasted any extra fabric :)
Oh! And this ring is a little off kilter because it is not fully stuffed and stitched closed yet- I had almost a whole bag of fiberfill with me and still needed to buy more!