This year, I’m trying to get a head start on Halloween, so while you’re thinking about your Valentine, I’m working on parts to a Chase costume. If you don’t know, Chase is from the program Paw Patrol—he’s a dog, a … Continue reading Looking Ahead to Halloween 2017
Oh, save me from Pinterest crafts without pattern details. More than that, save me from craft posts in languages foreign to me. What are the chances I would be asked to make one with no instructions—just a picture. Good, apparently. … Continue reading Car Tote Bag
. . . I am going to state again that I am done with stuffed animals Apparently I can’t stop my granddaughter from asking for stuffed animals, and I can’t stop myself from making them instead of buying them already … Continue reading Famous Last Words Stuffed Bears
I made another batch of Christmas ornaments for my granddaughter. This year, I found all the patterns/ideas in one place. Standing in the checkout line, I noticed a Better Homes and Garden Holiday Crafts magazine with a pullout of patterns, … Continue reading A Few Christmas Ornaments
I don’t know any unicorn stories. Do they grant wishes or what? Anyway, my granddaughter mentioned wanting one this summer, so I’m making one for her birthday.
I thought I had sworn off making any more stuffed animals, but this time, unlike when I turned a 2D drawing of a hen into a 3D stuffed hen, I’m working from a pattern to save a few headaches. I’m using the downloaded Horsey Horse and Unicorn from Funky Friends Factory. It seems like it will be complicated enough, given the size of some of the pieces, but at least I know they should work together. I’m most worried about the unicorn’s horn, getting that twisted look right, so I’m prepared to try it out multiple times to get it right.
I’m using flannel for the body and flannel-backed satin for the contrasting elements, except for some stretchy silver satin swimsuit fabric to make the horn stand out and take the eye off so much pink—pink is not this child’s first color choice, but my choices were limited.
The instructions, which are in a convenient checklist, get you though all the stitching, even the hard parts.
Using the medium-sized pumpkins, I calculated room for carrying straps and boxed sides. I cut one piece of the black canvas 15″ x 30″ and hemmed each short end 1 1/4″ for the top edge. Then I worked on the pumpkin appliques and the straps before sewing the sides.