pinspired: sock bunny
I have a niece who's about to turn four, and when I asked my sister for gift ideas, she suggested a bunny stuffed animal (something my niece has been asking for repeatedly). The idea of trying something new appealed to me; as much as I enjoy making all those appliqued shirts and onesies on Etsy, sometimes you just need a new project to break up the monotony.
So I searched on Pinterest and found this tutorial from Lil Blue Boo. All it takes is a pair of adult knee-high socks, some stuffing, and spare buttons and thread (obviously, you leave off the buttons if making for a baby or young toddler). I liked that she had pictures for every step too. Target has really cute knee socks for $2.50 a pair, so I found a purple striped pair for the bunny.
So how'd I do? Is it cuddly or scary? :o) Turns out it's kind of difficult to put stuffing inside of sock material since it stretches so much. And since my button-sewing skills are horrendous, this is what I have for this little guy's face:
I got a bunch of retro buttons from my mother-in-law when she was cleaning out some of her old sewing supplies; I think the flower-shaped button for the nose makes up for the fact that the bunny technically doesn't have an actual mouth. As horrendous as my button-sewing skills are, my embroidery skills are even worse, and after all the work I put into the bunny, I didn't want to wreck it at the last step. :o)
Since I did all the work while Caleb was sleeping, he saw it for the first time today when I took pictures of it...and unfortunately he thought it was for him.
Yep, that's him giving it a kiss. Sigh. We took a trip to the hallway where his cousins' pictures are hanging, I pointed to the picture of the birthday girl, and told him repeatedly it was for her and that we were going to mail it to her as soon as I found a box or something. I offered to make him one too, but you know how much in the here and now toddlers are. So he's a little sad right now. But I guess he has to learn that not everything I make is for him!
Speaking of which, I have one project in the works that's for me. I finally started that ironing board cover...two weeks ago. But life and Etsy got in the way so it's still folded up in the closet, all pinned up and waiting. I just need to sew the edges and figure out how to feed the string through, and then hopefully it'll be ready and I can get rid of my yucky old cover. I've decided I have to make a point to still try sewing and other DIY projects for me once in awhile, since if I just do Etsy stuff for long periods of time I get crabby. :o) Thanks for reading!!!