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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tiger Puppet, or how I stopped cursing and learned to love funfur (pic. heavy) on: December 13, 2008 06:14:11 PM
Bear with me, I'm feeling wordy right now!  When my husband was a boy, his aunt made him puppets to go with the story The Saggy Baggy Elephant.  He still has the puppets, and he has fond memories of playing with them, but he didn't have the book to show me (I had never heard of the story).  At a library book sale this fall, I found a copy of the book in perfect condition, and the pictures were the same that he had as a child.  He was reading the story to our 8 month old daughter, when he mentioned that his aunt didn't make the tiger puppet, otherwise he has all the animals.  Light bulb moment!  And so for Christmas, I made for him, to share with our daughter to tell her the story, the tiger puppet! 


This is the first puppet I have ever made, and I am so excited! Hence all the pictures! 

I didn't use a pattern, which was probably the cause of most of my misery, because I learned that I hate ripping seams out of fun fur!!!  However, I learned to love fun fur as it hides a lot, especially when you have more pieces and seams than necessary.

I started with the nose and white part of the face (whatever that's called)

Then I added more nose/snout (sorry, I don't know my tiger anatomy)

then more face, and top and bottom of mouth - this really stumped me, but I had another puppet here to look at, and a few on the internet

added more face

made some ears

added the beard

sewed the front of the head to the back, top-stitched on eyes and teeth, stuffed the head, and voila!

I know some of you are probably pros at making puppets, but I am so excited about it I had to share it all!   Thanks for looking!  I hope my husband likes it. 

By the way...you may have noticed this tiger has no stripes - there was no tiger fun fur at Fabricland, and I do have a fabric marker and fabric paint I can paint stripes with, I just need to test it on scrap first, but I may just leave it - I am afraid I might ruin it! 

22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing machine suddenly stopped working!!! on: November 19, 2008 03:44:15 PM
Argh!  I was sewing some elastic, and all of a sudden, my sewing machine wouldn't sew!  I tried turning the flywheel/balance wheel on my Janome, and the outer part will barely move, and when it does move the tiniest bit, the inner part  does not move with it.  I took off the cover at the needle end of the machine, and there are some threads around part of the needle uptake, but they have been there without incident for some time.  I was hoping it was something simple I could do myself... Any ideas?
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / dangly earrings on: November 19, 2008 07:21:06 AM
some dangly earrings in my collection!

24  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / stripey martini glasses on: May 22, 2008 03:17:57 PM
Hi!  I did these up a few years ago, thought I'd post them.  I hand-painted each stripe onto four of these glasses, and it took forever, but I love how they turned out.  I was meant to sell them, but ended up keeping them for myself!  What do you think?

the inside, from above

oops! sideways!

25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / kiddie capes on: May 22, 2008 05:44:39 AM
Here are some capes I made for my niece and nephew last Christmas.  Each is a cotton print on one side, and the reverse is fleece.  Then I added snaps, et voila!

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