Thursday, April 16
presents for little A
Last week I was going to sit in a train nearly five hours with a three year old. Even though my nephew is used to traveling in train, I thought I'd assemble a small first aid kit against boredom - not that he'd necessarily need it, but just for fun. And after purchasing a book, a small drawing pad and some crayons, I decided a bag to pack them in would make the small gift perfect.
I wanted to use fabric I already had (I didn't have time to go fabric shopping really, as I was going to travel to Helsinki the next day), and I wanted it to be fun, so he might want to use it later as his library bag or something. I also knew that if I'd asked my nephew, he would have wanted to be red, which is his favourite colour at the moment. So Tuesday evening was spent sewing rather than doing the dishes and packing for my trip, and this is the result (actually, I sewed the eyes and mouth of the caterpillar in train to Helsinki on Wednesday...):
Then there's the Penguin. This was made for A's birthday in February. I wanted to make him a soft toy, and a penguin was perfect, since he's lately become an avid fan of Pingu* - he even communicates like Pingu sometimes. Making this softie took some time, as my first version wasn't quite what I wanted it to be. But I'm fairly happy with the result, especially since this was only the second softie I've made with my own patterns, and don't have much toy making experience. A fact I'd ilke to change, if I only had time... Obviously the penguin pattern could do with some more tweaking; maybe my friend K's baby would like one for himself?
I knew from the beginning I wanted to use black corduroy for the penguin, and then I decided to use a patterned black & white cotton (with a little red) under his wings and tail. I have to say it was really hard to find those kind of eyes for him (although I think the eyes make him all better!). Here he's unfortunately covered in stuffing fibers, but I did brush him before he was given to his new owner.
All of these photos have been taken in a bad light and then tweaked, so sorry that they're not better!
*Even though this penguin reminds me more about the penguin in the Wallace and Gromit film The Wrong Trousers.