Wednesday, February 2, 2011

from 90's corduroys to squeaky puppets...

I haven't worn corduroys in a long time, but luckily, I cut up a couple of pairs many years ago and saved them for a future project.  I sewed up this monkey and owl for my twins as a Christmas gift.

This one is my favorite.  I know that owls have been super trendy lately, but I think they're so cute.  I like the frayed look that the puppets have, and putting them together this way saved a lot of time, especially with all of the appliqued layers.

I'm still not so sure about the monkey.  I didn't use a pattern for either of them.  I drew the animals out on graph paper to make sure that they were symmetrical.  I still can't believe that they even slightly resemble what I hoped they would.  I. Don't. Draw.

They are a hit, especially because I tucked a little squeaker inside each mouth that I saved from the inside of a dog toy.  The coordinating fabrics for each are from my stash of random scraps.

I don't know, maybe this one is starting to grow on me.


  1. big fan of the monkey! question: you saved the squeaker from a dog toy and the cords from years you have a room or closet where you keep all your saved items organized? my problem, is that i save things and then forget i have them.

  2. Space is always an issue, isn't it? Our house is less than 1000 sq. ft., so space is tight. BUT, we do have a garage and a basement. I'm trying to walk the line between being a pack rat and being resourceful and waste-conscious. I really hate buying (or re-buying!) unnecessary things and wasting perfectly useful things. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten rid of something and then scolded myself later about it. One thing I've done is moved all of my sewing stuff into my bedroom, organized into bins and baskets in an IKEA Expedit unit that we've had forever. Having it more out in the open has helped a lot. Although, I'm not at all neat, so my room looks ridiculous ALL THE TIME.