|As mentioned above, there is a new member to my friend's household - this is Cheetah. He has added so much joy to their home, I thought he might appreciate more than a pickle. I found this awesome free pattern and tutorial online and made the majority before I headed over to Knoxville. I still had to hand sew the binding around the hole. He supervised every stitch and immediately inspected once I turned it right side out and put the cushion back in. I think I passed inspection!|
|For my friend and her husband, I made these two sloths that went with their bedroom colors. These are from a free pattern by my favorite plushy pattern maker., Choly Knight As a last second request I also made 2 more "snuggle" pillows, the red and gray with silver ones. The other gray one I made last year so now no one needs to fight over it! The pillows have no pattern - I simply trace 2 circles from my friend's smaller plates (yes, the dishes in the kitchen cupboard), and cut a rectangle to fit the circle circumference. I believe I also sewed the duvet cover a couple of years ago. Normally, I do small household sewing or the family mending for Christmas, but branched out a bit this time.|
|For the kiddo herself, I made baby dragons to go with her Halloween costume. These are also a Choly Knight pattern. Because they are babies and they need very delicate care, they went straight in the doll pack-n-play as soon as they were snuggled, along with the Christmas rhino and penguin. Normally I would make these out of a sturdier fabric. Normally I would choose something less difficult to sew than foil covered spandex. But the results were worth it!|
|Finally, I've been making articulated foxes. For decades I've wanted to make stuffed animals with classic teddy bear articulation. For some reason it had built up into my mind as a huge challenge, somehow different than all of the other plushy and doll making that I've ever done. I found a nice pattern on Etsy and low and behold...it's much easier and more fun than I thought. So fun that I've already gifted these four, have one more mostly assembled, and 2 more cut and ready to go! After I get through those and get them to their intended homes, I'm going to work on patterning my own woodland gallery of articulated critters!|
I still have multiple projects in the wings for family back home. With everything I needed to get done for people we were seeing over the holidays, I just had to prioritize the projects. Most likely January and February will still heavily feature the rest of my Christmas projects. Oh well, maybe some random happy mail in a month or two will be a fun break for the recipients.
I hope you will hop along and see what everyone else has been up to!
Thanks for looking!