Happy belated Children's Day!
I sure hope everyone managed to have an awesome celebration with the kids on Friday. For me, we were out the whole day strolling, eating, catching up with friends, learning about puppets and watching the delightful Very Hungry Caterpillar production.
Anyway, last week, I was racking my brain over what presents to get for the girls. For obvious reasons, I wanted something that was handmade, something that they would adore and yet something that wouldn't cost more than a dime. So, I finally had the motivation to do something that I have been wanting to do in a long, long time - DIY stuffed animals!
I'm sure many of us have heard of sock and glove stuffed animals, so I was contemplating doing either of that and started to rummage through their old clothes for something that would fit the bill. While I couldn't find an old pair of socks with a design or colour that was suitable, I chanced upon some pairs of tights and thought, why not make the most of these?
1) Polyester filling
2) Black shank buttons for the eyes
3) Embroidery thread
4) Vanishing fabric marker
5) Needle, pins and thread
7) Old pair of tights
I have to first tell you that I am not skilled in sewing and I basically cut out shapes and sew in any manner I deem fit. Well, the fact that these animals are handsewn stitch by stitch and not very professionally done just make them all the more sincere and endearing, right?
For Angel, I once asked her on what animal she would like if I were to make her a stuffed toy and her answer was not surprisingly "A rabbit". So I wanted to make a sweet little bunny for her which I thought would look great in this pair of pink, striped tights.
Look! How do you like our pink little bunny?
Initially, I wanted to make the same for Ariel since a rabbit only used up one side of the tights, but that would be just plain boring and unimaginative, right?
So I dug around a little more in the boxes of old clothes and suddenly, I had the perfect idea of what to make for my little one. It would be something huggable, cute and looking at it would remind us of all the happy moments we had when she was still a baby. Can you guess what animal we were going to make?
1) Polyester filling
2) Needle and thread
4) Buttons for the eyes (in the end, I used round buttons instead of shank buttons for this)
5) Hat, mittens and booties
I must say this was really done in the spur of the moment but the amazing thing about creativity is that you never know when it might hit you. When it does and you achieve more than you had planned for, that sense of accomplishment is gratifying.
Anyway, I spent five hours making the two animals and by the time I finished one, the kids had woken up from their naps and were all ready to help. Or mess up. Depending on how optimistic you are.
Well, initially they were really thrilled to be allocated the job of stuffing and that was until they discovered how fluffy and fun polyester filling can be. So at one point, my living room was filled with bits of filling flying and floating around, before they decided to take a break and attempted to use the tiny mittens as hand puppets.
Next, I stuffed a pair of mittens and sewed them onto the bottom of body, making them act as the front legs. Isn't it great that I could recycle these adorable mittens that say "Daddy loves me" and "Mummy loves me"? Makes the gift speak so much of love, don't you agree?
How do you like our soft, lovable turtle?
You know, I didn't expect the kids to love their presents this much but they do love them to bits. Nowadays, they will hug their newfound animal friends to sleep and would plant sweet kisses on them now and then.
Well, even if this love only continues for a few days or few weeks more, I'm already more than contented to see the joy and happy faces that these simple, handmade gifts have brought about.
Made of memories, filled with love. Happy Children's Day 2014, my dears!
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