- iron-on t-shirt images
- hand-sewn teddy bears
- fleece pillows
- jewelry making
- book binding
I still have many supplies in my attic from these past attempts. When I was having my tunic for cold LARP events made, I went up to get Penelope, my duct tape bust model (who is about 20 lbs smaller than I am now).
For some unknown reason, I decided to rummage around in my other craft supply boxes while I was up there. (Seriously, the precise reason escapes me.)
And I found four 14" pillow forms from a craft session I had participated in when I worked for the university as a cafeteria hostess. We had made a throw pillow for each of our student managers as gifts (maybe Christmas gifts?), and then I had offered to take the extras home.
So, three years later, they were still in their shrink-wrapped plastic bags.
And I said to myself...hmm.
Pillow covers are nothing more than two flat panels stitched together at all four edges.
So I did a few measurements, and came up with a double-sized estimation for the first panel:
Since VintageBeef is my most requested plushie
(and I had the yarn handy) I gave it a shot.
When I finished the panel, I noticed it was at least an inch or so short of being tall enough. (Uh oh!) I added another row of brown at the top, but I wasn't going to frog the entire panel and try to make it taller. I decided to wait, do the back, and try it anyway. Crochet is somewhat stretchy, right?
Legolas' Elven Focus cannot be interrupted.
And the front of the finished product:
I have no idea whether or not adding one extra row of single crochet at the top of each panel helped at all, but I know that seaming the panels on the outside was a definite good call. I used slip stitches (3 per corner) on the left, bottom, and right sides before inserting the pillow form. Then I had to continuously squish the pillow down inside while slip stitching the top shut. I chose to use the coffee-colored yarn all the way around for the border, because it was the most dominant color. Plus, using more than one color would have caused structural weaknesses in the seaming--more knots to come unraveled.
Easy peasy! The pillow is up for sale in my Etsy store!
Ooh, and I also made a tweet:
Hiya @VintageBeefLP! Here's your chance to cuddle with your own cozy, bearded face: pic.twitter.com/cSW6ltuhYI
— Katie (@Velvet_Key) October 13, 2014
And the tremendous Mr. Beef himself favorited and replied:
@Velvet_Key Omg that is so cool!
— VintageBeef (@VintageBeefLP) October 14, 2014
Now I'm pondering the wisdom of dressing up my PauseUnpause plushie in a Halloween costume for "teh lulz" as the kids say, and tweeting the picture out on Friday. Hmm...must ponder.