I finally got around to working on a plush toy I've been planning.
Inspired by the monsters sewn by Blythe (a local artist I admire), I felted an old Gap cardigan (that I bought second hand, years ago) with the intention of turning into a toy. The sweater sat around for ages as I collected my thoughts and safety eyes and noses. I started thinking that it would make an interesting bear. Why a bear? I have no idea. Teddy bears have never really been my thing. Despite that, I took the plunge this morning and here my results:
1. pattern made from tracing Ikea PS Brum bear on newspaper:
2. He was a bit too bit too big, so I had to cut down the pattern:
3. Attempted sewing lots of rounded edges, which is still a bit of a challenge for me, and ended up with this guy:
Compared to the pattern's "muse":
And his head shot:
His eyes are crooked and a bit bigger than I'd like (I only have 18mm eyes on hand) and I haven't decided if I should embroider on a mouth or not. What I haven't taken a picture of is that you can see the thread at his seams. Overall, he's either cute or he's a weird craft mishap. I think I need to get back to the drawing board before I can introduce this dude to the world of craft fairs.
Posted byHello Pineapples! on Wednesday, October 29, 2008