Sponsored giveaway : DIY Fluffies

by KateG on 25/09/2011

in Sewing+Fabric, Sponsored giveaway

We would like to welcome advertiser Mariska Vos-Bolman of DIY Fluffies to whipup.net today, to feature her business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers.

DIY Fluffies are stuffed toy patterns that look very adorable and are also a lot of fun to make. They make perfect personal gifts. Most of my plushes on the photos are created with fleece. But you can use any fabric to make them. The patterns are suitable for any fabric, cotton, felt etc.  The PDF patterns are downloadable patterns that you can print out yourself. I also have kits available, if you don’t want to search for fabric yourself.  DIY Fluffies products are available from my own shop but also from craft shops all over the world.

Where to find DIY Fluffies online: Shop :: Twitter :: Facebook

Tell us about your background and how you started your business.

I started in 2008. I worked in the video game industry and I really needed a change. So I quit my job and started making soft toys. Which I do part time now, together with being a mom of two boys. The first one was born in 2008 and the other 2010. I started making plushes and jewelry that I sell at www.mariskavos.nl. After that I decided to start selling the patterns and kits of my toy, which I mainly sell at http://diyfluffies.etsy.com This is easier to combine with being a full time mom. I get many emails from people that enjoy working with my patterns and that is very rewarding.

How do you incorporate your kids in your business?
I get a lot of my inspiration from my kids. My son loves lions, rockets, elephants and now they are all patterns in my shop :) They usually don’t care much for plush toys, but they seem to like mommy’s creations! I have some photos on my website with them holding some of the toys. They make great models!
What is next for your business?
More patterns, I’m mainly focusing on getting more patterns in my shop. I would love to create a softie pattern book, but I don’t have enought time for that at the moment.

Today DIY Fluffies  are offering a prize of a Lucky Lion soft toy sewing kit to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 72 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck! Congratulations to Kaden!

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1 twelve30 September 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

The lion is adorable & would make a wonderful gift for a special little boy at Christmas. Love to win – thanks for a chance.

2 Charlotte September 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

How wonderful! I would love to have a go at sewing this for my little cousin!


3 Bronwyn September 25, 2011 at 8:30 am

I am in love with that lion! Such beautiful detail, yet does not look overly complicated. What a great prize you are offering. :)

4 cathy September 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

my daughter thinks this is so cute and we would love to win!

5 Rachael September 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

That is a very cute lion as is the other ones you can get I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

6 ang September 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

How perfect for a certain Leo!

7 Julie September 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

I have a few of her patterns. They are terrific.

8 Cindy G. September 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

That lion is adorable! My cousins have a crop of little ones (ages 7 to newborn) and it would e so fun to make a whole pride of lions as gifts for them for Christmas! I have a big box of fleece to use up, and that little lion would be perfect! I love his sculpted face!

9 victoria September 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

I LOVE her patterns! So sweet. My son wouldl ove the lion. Thanks for the chance to win.

10 Melissa September 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

Oh, how cute!

11 sangeetha September 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

how adorable – will be a huge hit in my household

12 Tera September 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

The Lion is too cute!!!!

13 Katherine of Kitten's Lost Her Mittens September 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

That lion is adorable! I would so love to win – thanks for the chance!

14 Amy September 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Too cute! My boys would love this!

15 Gill Watson September 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The lion is gorgeous!
Count me in please!

16 Kerry September 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

OMG that lion is awesome! I’m going to check out what else there is….

17 P. Taylor September 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I never wanted to make little stuffed toy’s until I found a hand made stuffed elephant , a vintage joy…so now could be my chance to start.

18 Vilma September 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

The lion is really super-cute!

19 Kaden September 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Love your whole concept of the Fluffies and plan to explore more. As a member of Lions International I also collect everything lion, so natrually I have to put in my two cents worth for the drawing of the adorbale stuffed lion. Would be fun to make and give as gifts to other Lions members.

20 Marga September 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I visit your Etsy store and all those fluffies are gorgeous. I love the cat and the naughty monkeys! Please, count me in!

21 Tove September 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

What a cutie! A lion for my Leo-girl would be just wonderful.

22 Andrea from ziezo September 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Such lovely lion! Would like to make one for my kids.

Mariska – hele leuke patronen!

23 Anna September 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I would make the lion as a gift for my little sister. It would make a great Christmas present.

24 CitricSugar September 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I love making stuff for my nephew and that would be a fantastic project!

25 PersiaRose September 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I’ve coveted these patterns for awhile now. So glad to see them featured with a chance to win!

26 Sue Niven September 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Count me in please! I would Love to win this. I would make it for my Christmas Charity drive, I think it would be just perfect.

27 TK September 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Oh my goodness! The lion looks so adorable and fluffy and I would love to make him.

28 Kate September 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I would love to try making this lion. I’m trying to improve my sewing skills and this looks like it’s about the right level for me … and my daughter would LOVE it.

29 TheBargainBabe September 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Oh that Lucky Lion is just adorable!

30 Tasha September 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Love the lion!! Please choose me :)

31 Jen R September 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

So cute!

32 Oh September 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I’ve been wanting to get back into crafting and this cute little lion would be a great way to start. I would be so excited if I was the “lucky lion” to win this giveaway!

33 Mary Beth September 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I love the lion!

34 Roya September 26, 2011 at 12:54 am

My son would love this. He’s learned to imitate lion sound and this would be perfect.

35 MelodyJ September 26, 2011 at 2:52 am

This looks like a fun project.


36 Haylie September 26, 2011 at 3:03 am

Looks lovely! I love stuffed animals.

37 Gray September 26, 2011 at 4:40 am

That lion is fantastic! I’d love to see how he made and to try it out myself!

38 sampling September 26, 2011 at 5:24 am

Beautiful lion! I am sure that my nephew would love for me to make that for him for a Christmas Present!

39 Virgínia September 26, 2011 at 6:06 am

I know my leo son would love a lion like that one! Thank you for the giveaway!

40 Alexandra September 26, 2011 at 7:05 am

Lucky lion is so cute !

41 Bid September 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

A lucky lion! I hope that I’ll be a lucky lion too!

42 Anne September 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

“Adorable” doesn’t even begin to do justice to these toys. What a great sense of design this young mother has.

43 Mirja` September 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

I love all the softie patterns. I made the alien baby last year for my son for Christmas and he was a huge hit! Would love to make the lion!

44 Julie September 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

Super cuteness!!

45 michelle September 26, 2011 at 11:07 am

very cute lion!

46 Nancy September 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

What sweet toys! My Granddaughter would love this! She’s already putting in orders of what she wants Grandma to make her! Who am I to refuse :)

47 Lindsay September 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

That lion looks so cute and fierce..hehe

48 jacqueline September 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

How cute!! I would love to win this! Even if I don’t, I definitely have these as a favorite on my etsy account! ♥

49 jessica w. September 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

This is such a great idea to teach children how to sew!

50 Mary M September 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Thank you for this chance! I have the pattern for Yoki the Fat Dragon — so cute! I can’t wait to make it — just looking for the time. So happy to read a bit more about the designer behind these great patterns — thanks again for the giveaway!!

51 Ana September 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I lover Mariska’s patterns, they are so easy to make and the result is fabulous.
I just made her Ronky the flying bull and is sooo cute.
I hope hope hope that she makes a book soon.
Ana :)

52 Hannah September 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Love this so much!! So cute

53 Angela September 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Wow. Those are so cute.

54 Jennifer September 27, 2011 at 12:48 am

Too stinkin’ cute! I got two kids that would fight over that lion! Awesome idea too

55 Emma September 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

What an excellent lion! Perfect for a small boy to snuggle…!

56 Jennifer Ladd September 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

What a coincidence! I am actually working on the DIY Fluffies dragon pattern right now for my daughter! I just have the head, arms, and wings finished, so far, but it is already looking cute. I would love to make the lion for my other daughter!!

57 calbrecan September 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

What an adorable lion! I’d love to try out the pattern.

58 Annette September 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

The little lion is just adorable. So many little people I know would love this toy!

59 Larici September 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

The lion is so cute! I would love to get a hand on one and try making it for my sons.

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