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D.I.Y. Project #1 – Toys!

I love playing with my six month old. He is just at the right age that anything funny I do it met with a cacophony of laughter that can be sometimes alarming. Now, however, I find myself waiting for him to get up from his naps so I can make noises while walking his Zebra (named Zeebs) around to make him laugh.

I am also not proud to admit then when I have a hard time sleeping I cruise diapers.com endlessly looking for (educational, I swear!) toys so we can have more friends at playtime.

While I’m absolutely going to go for the leap frog dog when he is slightly older I want him to have some super plush friends for the laughter-filled afternoons.

I’m working with patterns that I bought from Etsy’s own Abby Glassenberg (and I would highly recommend checking out her blog While She Naps and of course, the Etsy store).

The goal is eventually to make an entire stuffed animal zoo broken down into four sections. The first and my favorite is the “Woods” theme. This will encompass several of my favorite animals (mice, foxes, owls) and I’m already sketching out backgrounds for the play set I am intending to make. The next is a general safari theme (lions and tigers and…hippos, oh my!) which may get pushed up on the list as my son has already developed a deep attachment to his zebra to whom he can have separation anxiety if parted from for any period of time. After that is under the sea (lots and lots of turtles) and then finally the barnyard theme which I’ve put off to the last because I do not look forward to all of those safety stitches on the cows!

This weeks project however is much simpler. Make a toy mouse.

I have some knowledge of sewing already which should make this an easier project but there are several changes.

1) Time – I am hand sewing all of these. You read that right, completely appliqué.  While the patterns are beautiful they are also detailed and intense which requires small parts getting patched on and the smaller the part, the more time and precision it takes.

2) Dedication – I am a student in computer science and a full time mom. Some days my son has his zebra and they venture into their own Calvin and Hobbes-esque universe leaving me free to move them from room to room as I complete chores and homework. Other days he clings to me like there is no one else in the universe. I love those days, especially when it’s just the three of us in a cuddle fort while listening to Of Monsters and Men  but those are the days where little with pointy things gets done.

3) Frustration – The stitch was right the first time I did it, but it didn’t stick! or the eye shifted, or the thread is showing. With this my biggest concern is safety. Can he swallow this? Will this fall off? For those reasons the thread I use is always durable, the stuffing safe and the toys free of buttons or other hard ceramics. While this is, for me, of the highest priority, it does mean on occasion getting frustrated with that eye that you just cannot embroider no matter how hard you try.

But since I do have some experience with this the deadline for this mouse will be Friday August 16th.

So Goal, Set, Match. Time to put my needle where my mouth is.


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