You're looking at 'em. The super secret project that has kept me locked inside my sewing room for the past 3 days. Christmas gifting in our family is going to be slim this year, but I still wanted to make something for my 2 favorite little people.
I had been sitting on these patterns (Molly Monkey and Mikey Monkey) for the last YEAR . . . I had intended on making them for the kids for Christmas last year but just plumb ran out of time. An added challenge I put on myself before I started was to see how few things I could get away with buying. I wanted to see how creative I could get with my somewhat modest stash.
I love seeing piles on piles of gorgeous fabrics on shelves . . . just waiting for the perfect projects. But the truth is for me, most of my stash consists of the scraps of leftover fabric from my previous projects, and a few pieces here and there that I pulled out of the remnant bins on clearance. I just don't have a fabric category built into my budget.
Anyway, being able to pull these guys together with stuff on hand made this project all the more satisfying in the end. It reminded me of that 100 Day Craft Burn I did last year. I think all I ended up needing was 1 piece of felt to make Mikey's hat and shoes. :)
Opening my stash drawers reveals my love of girly fabrics . . . maybe because I'm a girl and because most of the stuff I've made has been for girls. So I had a little trouble coming up with the fabric for Mikey. Until I had a little brainwave.
Recently, my nephew was born and I had pulled out all of Kee-ku's little newborn clothes to offer to my sister in case she needed any of them. It was upon going through those clothes in the bin I realized how tragically stained some of them were. What's odd is I don't remember putting stained clothing in there, so I don't know if time just kinda warped some of the stuff and stains that weren't terribly visible just decided to show themselves or what. Anyway, it was a bit disappointing.
Until I realized I COULD SAVE THEM! I could take these little clothes and make them into something new. :)
Here's one that I found. It's a little guayabera-esque one piece that Kee-ku wore to a wedding we went to when he was about 2 weeks old. I so very much wanted to salvage the buttons, but they pose a choking hazard for a 16 month old so I had to leave them off. :( The little detailing on the sleeves would have been SO cute to work in, don't you think?
Here's what the Mikey shirt fabric looked like when I pulled it out of the bin:
So yeah . . . there was some inexplicable staining on that shoulder and part of the collar so obviously no other kid was going to wear it again. I wish I had a picture of Kee-ku in it, but he was swaddled in a wrap the whole time we were at that wedding so I fear that none exists.
Here are a few "in process" shots . . . I did take a few very tiny breaks from my toiling to snap these pics, but had no time to make separate blog posts for them.
from my last swap and her "socks" were made from a colorful stripey remnant I bought awhile back for 87c.
cloth baby book I made for my cousin's baby about 2 years ago. I used very little of it on the book so I was kind of astounded that I had enough left of it to squeeze out enough pieces to make TWO monkeys.
[Just a note on working with chenille . . . it is a PAIN IN THE you-know-what. The stuff is constantly curling at the edges. Thank goodness I had a fabric glue stick for basting. Pinning that mess would have given me hives, I assure you.]
But in the end, it was all worth it and now the kids will have two very soft and very huggable monkey friends
|And yes, they're holding hands. ;)|
Anyone else finishing up some last minute holiday gift-making?
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