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Bighalofro
« on: October 17, 2008 03:25:08 PM »

I saw this craft project on http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11565 and just had to make it for my mom and sister for Christmas!  So cute Smiley  It's a draft stopper, which, in case you've never heard of one, is placed across the bottom of a door to stop air transfer/heat loss from a room.  So it's basically a form of insulation to block the gap between the door and floor.  The tute called for a pair of opaque women's thighs but I couldn't find one in any patterns/colors I liked, plus they all seemed so thin in comparison to kids thighs so..I used kids  Cheesy Grin



I dubbed her Stella!  It seemed to fit and I'm a dork so...yeah.



She came out kinda fat so for the other leg I think I'll sew her thinner before filling her with rice Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008 03:47:03 PM »

very cute I have seen these in chenelle too as a toy I think.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008 06:27:13 PM »

I really need one of those. Right now I'm just using a rolled up towel. A cute snake would be much better.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008 10:59:45 PM »

That's the cutest snake I have ever seen. That's an awesome idea.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2008 07:44:23 PM »

Ooh! its so cute! and useful too!
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Bighalofro
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2008 10:44:54 AM »

Thanks everyone Grin  I think the second one will come out much better since I learned a bit making this one.  But it was still super simple and I think a cute gift idea.

I really need one of those. Right now I'm just using a rolled up towel. A cute snake would be much better.

I bet you could even convert a towel into something similar (the website above also demonstrates how to make a dog as well), which would save you from having to buy the rice and tights.  I paid $8 for the rice (I needed twelve pounds!) and $5 for the tights, which isn't bad for two but I know how tight people are with money right now so...just a suggestion.
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008 02:54:47 PM »

wow that is very cute!
I made one (not as cool looking) but I used clay cat litter  to fill it, which was only $3 for 15lbs. I suggest a liner if you use the cat litter cos it can be a little dusty. but works just as well as rice.
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Bighalofro
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2008 06:26:05 PM »

wow that is very cute!
I made one (not as cool looking) but I used clay cat litter  to fill it, which was only $3 for 15lbs. I suggest a liner if you use the cat litter cos it can be a little dusty. but works just as well as rice.

HA!  I had racked my brain for an alternative to the rice that would be cheaper and briefly thought of kitty litter!!!  But I had decided it mighty break down and flake out so I decided against it.  Not once did I think of putting in a liner Embarrassed  Great idea!
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2008 07:30:18 PM »

she's really cute, I didn't think something like a draft stopper could be crafted up into adorableness  Smiley

This is a posting from the CrochetMe website on what to use as stuffing for crochet projects or stuffed animals, recommending avoiding using rice to stuff things with... http://www.crochetme.com/amigurumi-deconstructed
"Never, ever, use rice or beans in crochet projects... or as stuffing. Ever. In anything. That's why God made plastic.

Bugs do not invade plastic.

Starchy dried beans, on the other hand, will attract weevils, especially if they get any moisture (even humidity), and potentially other starch eaters as well. Moths and their maggot-like larva, silverfish, and everyone's favorite, cockroaches, too.

They make special beads for this job, and for larger "beans," plastic pony beads or similar will do the trick.

Rice and beans are also unwashable. Meanwhile, plastic is perfectly washable. But the biggest problem remains the fact that, unless you keep your doll in an airtight container (what fun - and bugs are known to get into those, anyway,) sooner or later you're going to have an infestation on your hands, and a piece of garbage where once an adorable amigurumi stood.

Here's hoping you read this, Ms. Werker, and I further hope that you'll find a way to open and de-bean your amigurumi.

PS: The phrase "amigurumi dolls" is redundant. Such a little helper I am. Okay, so some would say pestilential corrector... but redundancy is a pet peeve of mine. I swear if I hear "Sahara desert" one more time, some nasty stuff is goin' down.
Submitted by Maryann (not verified) on 17 March 2006 - 3:50am."

Although I realize you probably need something heavy and dense for a draft stopper, just, seeing/reading your post reminded me of that ^
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2008 04:42:19 PM »

Love the snake , looks a happy little thing  Grin
We just stuff them with old rags, clothes etc when we make them.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2008 10:07:21 AM »

she's really cute, I didn't think something like a draft stopper could be crafted up into adorableness  Smiley

This is a posting from the CrochetMe website on what to use as stuffing for crochet projects or stuffed animals, recommending avoiding using rice to stuff things with... http://www.crochetme.com/amigurumi-deconstructed
"Never, ever, use rice or beans in crochet projects... or as stuffing. Ever. In anything. That's why God made plastic.

Bugs do not invade plastic.

Starchy dried beans, on the other hand, will attract weevils, especially if they get any moisture (even humidity), and potentially other starch eaters as well. Moths and their maggot-like larva, silverfish, and everyone's favorite, cockroaches, too.

They make special beads for this job, and for larger "beans," plastic pony beads or similar will do the trick.

Rice and beans are also unwashable. Meanwhile, plastic is perfectly washable. But the biggest problem remains the fact that, unless you keep your doll in an airtight container (what fun - and bugs are known to get into those, anyway,) sooner or later you're going to have an infestation on your hands, and a piece of garbage where once an adorable amigurumi stood.

Here's hoping you read this, Ms. Werker, and I further hope that you'll find a way to open and de-bean your amigurumi.

PS: The phrase "amigurumi dolls" is redundant. Such a little helper I am. Okay, so some would say pestilential corrector... but redundancy is a pet peeve of mine. I swear if I hear "Sahara desert" one more time, some nasty stuff is goin' down.
Submitted by Maryann (not verified) on 17 March 2006 - 3:50am."

Although I realize you probably need something heavy and dense for a draft stopper, just, seeing/reading your post reminded me of that ^

Ah.  Makes sense, thanks for the tip Smiley  Stella's kinda beyond help though since I'm not sure I could deconstruct her and still be able to salvage the tights.  I'll keep that in mind in case I make another in the future.

Love the snake , looks a happy little thing  Grin
We just stuff them with old rags, clothes etc when we make them.

Cloth is a great idea as well!  Thanks Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2008 12:33:11 PM »

Cute, I've been trying to think of a way to stop up my old basement door with the 1/2 inch opening directly to the outdoors.  Ugh.

PS - How about "3 AM in the morning" or "PIN number"?   Grin
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2008 07:41:41 AM »

I need one of those! The rolled up blanket is getting old. Thanks for posting the pattern link.
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Bighalofro
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2008 10:17:36 AM »

Cute, I've been trying to think of a way to stop up my old basement door with the 1/2 inch opening directly to the outdoors.  Ugh.

PS - How about "3 AM in the morning" or "PIN number"?   Grin

1irishgirl--I totally sympathize with you and am glad that I could provide some inspiration Cheesy  I lived in upstate NY for 2 years and my first house had the scariest basement!  Instead of a bulkhead, there was simply a hole in the ground covered up by a piece of plywood Shocked  And the rest of the house was poorly insulated, which wasn't the ideal situation during -25 degree weather (I don't miss the winters there Tongue).  Needless to say, I moved as soon as my lease was up!
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2009 07:54:26 PM »

oh yippeeee! i have all this adorable fleece in long 8" wide strips. Too narrow for most of my projects and I am not making the craft I originally intended the fleece for. I am excited, this is a perfect use!!

Also, on the filling business. I use the plastic pellets, they are not too pricey and you can get them at most craft places.
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lorizathm
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2009 04:25:45 PM »

I love her! She's so colorful.
Maybe I'm a bit biased cuz I love snakes, too.
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