At first, I couldn't decide if this was a "Sew What?!" project or a just another Crazy Craft. When I examined the fundamentals, I realized that the only supplies involved were cotton fabric, thread, batting/fiber fill, ribbon, and some pom-pom fringe - no yarn, hot glue, beads, popsicle sticks, felt, rhinestones, feathers, foam, puffy paint, or sequins. Furthermore, the only techniques involved were machine and hand sewing - this was definitely a sewing project!
Mary and I have been invited to perform at a private event, to be exact, a baby shower (a co-ed baby shower, no less). I know that we are paid entertainment, but I have a hard time showing up completely empty-handed to a party. Not knowing the host and hostess (the expectant parents) very well, not knowing the sex of the unborn baby, and not knowing if/where they're registered, I figured that I could put my stash-busting skills to work and make something that was mostly gender-neutral and suitable as a small token of congratulations for the proud mama and papa-to-be.
"Everybody had matching towels!"
Aware that I have already shared this song multiple times, I couldn't help but include "Stuffed Animal" again, both for its thematic relevance as well as my love for the bizarre lyrics as so eloquently delivered by Annette in a 1960's peignoir.
"Stuffed Animal" - Annette Funicello
So deep in the thick of stuffed animal making, and excited by the fact that the cutest nephew in the world was coming to town, I decided to make yet another miniature mammal.
After all of these baby elephants (and one cat), there was really only one other song that would underscore this post perfectly.
"Baby Elephant Walk" - Henry Mancini
as performed by The Lawrence Welk Orchestra
I hope the recipients of these animals will like them. My favorite part of this project was that it required zero trips to the fabric store; I used only what I had on hand! Have you ever made a stuffed animal? What do you think of homemade gifts? Are they corny or cool...or both?
|Here's hoping that the waning days of summer (Northern Hemisphere) are treating you well!|