The boyfriend is a massive fan of Godzilla and everything related, and particularly Mothra. I wanted to buy him a Mothra plushie for Christmas (something like this one: http://www.toyvault.com/Godzilla/Mothra%20-%20Large.jpg
) but they are no longer being made, and if you come across one online it's a collector's items and thus stupidly expensive. So I thought, sure, I can make that. It was meant to be a belated Christmas present, as in I meant to make it during my holidays between Christmas and New Years. Now, more than three months later, please behold: Mothra!
I based the shape of the wings on some images of butterflies I found online that were roughly the right shape. The body is a based on a ball pattern (six leaf shaped segments), times six.
I drew the patterns with watercolour pens, scanned them and printed them on printable fabric. The wings have a layer of felt in the middle, plus wire around the edges to give some stand. The feelers and legs are wire tightly wrapped in wool.
There was quite a lot of trial and error (mostly error) involved in the making of Mothra and I ended up hand sewing most of it, because it's much too fine and fiddly for the machine, plus I didn't want to ruin my machine on all that wire. I was close to giving up a few times, but now I'm glad I didn't.
Some more pictures, hope you like!
And because Mothra is a little bit vain...
The boyfriend is quite pleased with his present I think. He is in the other room but from time to time I hear him should "Mothraaaa!"