We are so pleased to announce the release of the Twig + Tale Leaf Blanket, a sweet little pattern inspired by the rainforests of New Zealand. The idea was dreamed up by Lisa's seven-year-old daughter, who is passionate about restoring and protecting jaguar habitat. She is thrilled that a portion of the sales from this pattern will go towards planting trees and protecting animal habitat.
The whimsical Leaf Blanket collection includes five different leaf types representing plants native to New Zealand: the Kawakawa, Kowhai, Makomako, Puka, and Rangiora.
For those unfamiliar with these plants, the pattern includes a lovely, informative section describing each type so that you can learn a bit about the leaves before sewing them.
The Leaf Blanket pattern includes two versatile sizes that can be used in so many different ways. We find the idea of cuddling up in a leaf blanket like a forest fairy to be perfectly enchanting. But there are so many other possible uses - our testers suggested a long list including play mats, change pads, stroller blankets, picnic blankets, trolley seat covers, wall hangings, pet beds, seat pads, and the list goes on!
Of course the leaves make perfect open-ended playthings as well - children are bound to come up with lots of creative ways to use them.
Also available is the Leaf Blanket for Dolls, suitable for critters 9-18 inches in size. These diminutive leaves make lovely playthings for little hands and are sure to be put to use cuddling and caring for favourite dolls and animals.
We love how Leaf Blankets are a blank canvas just waiting for decorative touches like embroidery, appliqué, or patchwork. Customize a play mat with colour, pattern, and texture for children to explore.
With a layer of batting for some thickness and insulation, the quilting lines show off the veins of the leaves beautifully. Adjust the level of batting for more or less loft - a flatter leaf is perfect for a play mat, while a puffy leaf is gorgeously cosy for cuddling.
The Leaf Blanket pattern is appropriate for beginner sewists, and is a perfect way to dip your toe into quilting. We think it would be a lovely project to make with children who are interested in learning to sew.
The Leaf Blanket and Doll Leaf Blanket patterns include a clear, thorough tutorial that includes photos, videos, and helpful tips to guide you through the entire project. The layered pdf pattern allows you to print just the size(s) you need, and is available in A4 and A0 formats.
We hope that you enjoy the Leaf Blanket and look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas for sewing it. It's such a simple, satisfying project - before long you may find yourself with your own forest of leaves!
We'd love to see you over at the Twig + Tale Facebook group where you can ask questions, look for inspiration, and of course share photos of your creations.
~Images in this post by Ruth Phillips, Sasha Ford, Liz Joffrion, Angela Schade, and Alexis Clark~