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Topic: Mr. Pretty - felted stuffy monster  (Read 8112 times)
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« on: March 22, 2006 12:17:39 AM »

He began as a mission.. It was nearing my brother's birthday and I wanted to create something spiffy to carry the travel-moolah I wanted to give him for his up-coming trip to Japan. After two months spent picking out the perfect colors, postulating the best way to make yarn dreads, and poking myself in the shin too many times for comfort with that darn felting needle..

..Mr. Pretty was born!

I made him up as I went, starting with the same shaping used for the marsupial tote (from debbie stoller's SnB) as a base for the body. When I finished his body I stopped twisting the corner stitches so he'd have a naturally round head. At the top I binded him off, stuffed him almost-full of polyester fiber fill, and folded the corners in before sewing him up to give him a nice round head.


A few extra details.. like bright blue DREADS, some tiny little feet, t-shirt-like stitching around the neck and a back pocket to stash the cash.. and he was ready for the wash!


Mid-wash.. poor little dude. (you can see a lot of his stuffing came out in the washing machine..)

..and all done! well, almost.. he needed a good shaving after all that agitation!  Grin

Close-up of the needle felting on the back of his head..

Now that I've made him, I would have done a few things different.. For one I'd figure out some kind of lining to keep the polyester fill inside when felting in the washing machine. Almost half of his original stuffing came out in the wash. Perhaps some kind of mesh bag? I'd also like to try putting some kind of weight in his bottom to hold him down better when he's sitting.. he has a habit of flopping over as he is now Cheesy

I hope you love him, lord knows I do.. how ever am I going to muster up the courage to pack him up and send him off to little-bro?


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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006 12:20:22 AM »

He's very cool.  I can see why you'd have trouble giving him up

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006 03:34:20 AM »

Wow!!!  Kudos to you for making up the pattern!

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2006 05:29:44 AM »

That is so adorable.  I keep wanting to make a knit toy that is large, but there's so much on my plate right now.  I'll have to try something like this soon.

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nice head...i think i'll take it.

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2006 07:28:32 AM »

OMG HE'S SO AWESOME!!  your brother is a lucky dood.  awwww i want a mr. pretty of my own now!

*runs off with her s'n'b book*

« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2006 07:50:47 AM »

Mr. Pretty is, well, pretty! Way to go on making him, you did a really really great job.

« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2006 08:02:49 AM »

Wow Wow Wow love him, Wonderful job
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2006 11:18:06 AM »

He is fanTAStic!

You've put so much thought, energy and love into this gift!  You must have one heckuva brother  Smiley

My only suggestions on the redo would be to felt him prior to stuffing him.  When he's done felting put any kind of dried beans in the bottom and then fill the rest of the way with the fiberfill.  If you're feeling fancy you can buy plastic toy stuffing pellets for the bottom but I see no need to spend the money.  When I made my toy from Jess Hutch I just found some beans from the pantry and stuck them in.  My toy sits up well and also has a lovely 'heft' to it that makes it yummy.

If you do another - show us!

Oh, and how DID you end up getting the dreads to work?  They are perfect!
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2006 03:35:39 PM »

Oh he is pretty!  Really well done, I especially like the little details like the mock t-shirt stitches, his name stitched in.
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2006 05:34:53 PM »

This is one of the coolest things ive seen on crafster.
Totally original, and your stitching is beautiful.
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