One thing that has been sorely missing from my daily life lately, and therefore also from this blog, is crafting. Simon and I make a lot of art together every day, but I haven’t done much in the way of sewing or other craft projects for many months. I decided recently that this needed to change right away, and, that being said, I’d like to introduce you to the newest stuffed family member around here: “Monster”.
I made him the same way I made the plush dinosaur, by upcycling an outgrown toddler t-shirt into a stuffed animal. I forgot to take progress shots, but basically: I cut the design out, pinned the two pieces of fabric together with the monster facing in, stitched all around leaving a gap, flipped it right side out, stuffed it, and then sewed the opening shut. The only difference between this guy and the dinosaur is that I decided to hand-sew it all this time, rather than use the machine.
This guy was particularly special, because Simon chose this shirt himself. I brought him to the store for some clothes one day and out of all the t-shirts on display, this is the one he really wanted. So rather than donate it when it no longer fit, I decided to make this funky monster dude into a toy. (I am still contemplating the addition of a felt tongue. What do you think?)
Simon loves him, and hugs him, and I even found our monster seated in a corner of the kitchen the other day, with a lunch set out in front of him, consisting of a wooden egg and a wooden tomato from the play kitchen. Apparently, my little guy is taking good care of his new friend.