I realized I had already made gifts for five other kids, but not even thought about my own kid. I have a really simple go-to cat stuffie that I like to make, so I just added an enormous Linus face to it.. I think this thing is pretty hilarious. (Linus does not.)
Since Alice was only going to be 5 months old at Christmas, and we have excited relatives, we decided not to really get her too many presents. My husband bought her a shirt, and I decided to sew a toy for her. She *loves* a little butterfly guy that’s on her bouncer, so I thought I should make her a bigger, huggable version.
Kristen – the challenge commissioner! – pointed out that the whole idea behind this challenge was to have fun. Lately – at least since I’ve been out of school – giggling is my primary goal when I’m making something (this could be good, it could be bad, whatever). So here is the TEAM LINUS bobsleigh.
This is wool and wool blend felt, a little peltex in the runners and the bottom of the sled, a bit of polyester stuffing, and lots and lots of thread! I stitched everything by hand, and mostly tried to match thread colors and stuff, but not very hard. Almost everything was improvised – I sketched to start with, but I didn’t make any paper patterns. I did make a sample hamster out of acrylic felt, but it wasn’t really a pattern. Just more of a.. go at it with scissors method. I just wanted to make sure it would work first, before I cut into my more expensive and much nicer wool felt 🙂
The improvisational nature of the whole thing means that there are stitches EVERYWHERE. In my life I’ve always made little slapdash mockups before doing big projects, but I secretly love the little mockup way more than the large, polished project. While making this, I treated it like it was a mockup for a larger, nicer piece, but didn’t really intend to make that larger nicer piece. I wanted to keep it in the LA DI DAAHhhhahahah world.
I would have constructed the hamsters differently if I had done it over again. In this version, I sewed their bodies together in white felt before I even thought about how to make their markings. That was a mistake! I had to choose between some kind of stitchwork, or cutting patches of the color and trying to make them fit over the body. If I had sewed the markings and their faces on before construction, I think they might look a little bit nicer.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this, because it was fun! And little felt animals have been my true love since I was twelve years old!
I made some triangle cats for Christmas presents last year. They have sticky-outy paws and tails and stuff – all kinds of extra parts! I like to throw together simple flat stuffies for gifts – they are cuddly couchbuddies. This one got a new home in June, with my friend’s grandmother. The kitty is meant to look somewhat like a cat she used to own.
The bow is a removable pin!
A machine embroidered canvas stuffie of Linus, star of Linus in Hats