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:: Yay! Softies For Mirabel 2014

September 29, 2014



Can you even believe this is our 8th year running the Softies for Mirabel project?! It really is! We’ve all worked together to donate thousands of handmade-with-love toys to the kids that The Mirabel Foundation supports. Go team! This is an important job at a time of year when many of us are getting ready to wind down for holidays and celebrations. It’s awesome to stop and do something special like this, not only because it’s good to honour the work that Mirabel does, but it’s also good to remember that we’re part of a wider community and we need to care for each other.

The Mirabel Foundation supports kids who are affected by parental substance abuse (and their extended family/carers.)  This is a cool handmade way to help!

If you’d like to get a feel for how this works, you can see previous years’ toys in our Softies For Mirabel Flickr group! Or search the #softiesformirabel tag on Instagram.

cute guys!

This year the toys will be on display in our shop window on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy (even though it’s not an actual shop anymore, we still have a great window to display good stuff in!) from the 1st to the 23rd December 2014. Then they’ll be carefully carted off to Mirabel to be rehomed with just the right kid! Good plan, right?!

The deadline for toys to reach is is the 23rd December, but any time from the 1st December is a good time because then we can pop your guy/s in our window for everyone to see!

Would you like to join in? Maybe you would like to help me promote this project, even? Click the image to see it larger and download it, pals! Then you can spread it around! Or share this post super freely? Thanks! We need all the help we can get!!!

Are you in, in some way?!

x Pip



  • Reply Emily November 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Third year creating for these amazing kids – this year I decided to rack it up a notch at the local craft market. I’ll be donating one-for-one for all sales over November & December…. Look out Mikes – a lovely big parcel is coming your way soon!

  • Reply Treann Clarke October 31, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Hi Pip, I have written a blog post about your wonderful project. Find it at . Great effort!!

  • Reply Cathy October 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    I’m in!…. made a toy during the year.

  • Reply Helen October 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Yay, I nearly forgot that it’s this time of year again!
    Totes up for being a part of it again and for such a great cause. You’ll get something from me soon Pip 🙂

  • Reply Sarah October 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    So looking forward to joining in! Congratulations on your eight year.

    Sarah x

  • Reply Little White Dove October 12, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    I did it! I made my first softie 🙂
    I will pop it in the post just as soon as I can bring myself to part with it x

  • Reply michelle October 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Hi Pip!
    Just wanted to let you know we have done a blog post over at Lincraft directing people to your fabulous project. We have some free downloads for toys to make too. So exciting.
    Here’s the link:
    All the best with year 8 of this brilliant project. 🙂

  • Reply Laura October 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I wrote a post with links to some cute tutes! (I hope you don’t mind me sharing this here).

  • Reply Tash September 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I would like to join in this year! I am going to try really hard to FINISH a project for once! 🙂

  • Reply Debbie September 30, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Oh wonderful. I’m about to move overseas so was looking for a good cause to send my handmade softies to.

    Expect a box in the mail soon 🙂

  • Reply Lilybett September 29, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    We’re in! Now I just need to check the fabric stash and work up a good callus or two.

  • Reply Melissa September 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I’ve already got a doll lined up for Mirabel.

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