The very same sister for whom I made 10+2 stuffed monkeys to go with the "10 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" song she teaches the kids in her kindergarten class each year (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388896.msg4604227#msg4604227
), also requested stuffies of the animals from a story called The Mitten. I've never read this book before, but it's by Jan Brett, and it's about a boy who loses a white mitten in the snow, and then lots of forest animals move into the mitten (the little scamps!) She wanted stuffed animals to go along with the story. She plans to make a large mitten for the kids to put the animals into as they read along. Should be pretty cute! I finally finished the animals last weekend and delivered them - my only deadline was to have them done before it got cold outside, because that's when they read this book - during mitten-weather!
Here's the whole gang:
And below are the individual animals:
They were a lot more work than I thought - I don't have any experience making stuffed animals, besides the monkeys I made for her before, so I don't know what I was thinking agreeing to this
- but once I had the design figured out for each animal, it got easier. As always, I learned lessons from each attempt that I got to use in the next creation, and the mole design was the only one I had to scrap and start over with right near the end (the first version looked too much like Digger from Shirt Tails. Shirt Tales? Anyone else remember that cartoon?
My sister loved them, and promises to tell me what the kids think of them when they're finally premiered!
Comments/critiques welcome. Thanks for looking!