platypus sewing project

August 26, 2010




This is what Juliet wants me to make for her....

Unfortunately, it is beyond my sewing ability. We checked this book out from the library recently and it was an instant hit. 

Plaidypus Lost
Plaidypus Lost by Janet Stevens

The story is of a little girl and her plaidypus (which is a present from her grandmother). 



He's sewn out of grandpa's old shirt and becomes a favorite companion who gets "lost" a lot. After we read it the first time through, she immediately said, "Let's make one of those!" (That's what I get for doing so many book-inspired crafts with her! She thinks we can make anything we see in a book!)

I told her there was no way I could do it. But she didn't believe me. 

I'm not really sure what my next move should be. 

But I think you should go check out this book. Your kids will love it. 

14 comments:

The Monkey Barrel said...

do you sew at all?

Annette W. said...

Vanessa, you can do it!!! http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/platypus.shtml for instructions. I have not used this tutorial, but I think you should try it!

Ticia said...

I bet you could do it. I'm thinking it should be fairly easy if you use an old button down shirt like in the book...... Hmmmm, do I have one to show you?

welcome to our wonderland said...

don't you love when they think we can do anything and everything :)

I think you should try atleast. I don't sew but my girls love all that i have made for them :)

Ana Degenaar said...

I love that book and I will sure get it asap!
xo

Chels said...

Once again, you're so funny! Obviously you've showed your daring craft skills to Juliet one too many times! I say only give it a try if you have at least 5 hours to kill!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Saw this on Filth Wizardry - http://www.filthwizardry.com/2010/08/home-made-freaky-unicorn-pillow.html. Might help. :) Although sticking to "no" is always a good plan of attack too!

Candice S. said...

I have "zero" sewing abilities. Actually, I was given a sewing machine when I was.. seven years old? My grandmother was teaching me the basics..however, they are lost to me now. I still have the small sewing machine somewhere stuffed in a box in our garage. ..Sewing machines scare me.

..Good luck on this project, I have seen your other sewing projects and I think that you should definitely try this!!

I will definitely take note of this book so Harmony and I can check it out at the library! Thanks!

Candice

Leigh said...

I agree - you definitely should do it. No matter how bad you think it might be, Juliet will ADORE it.

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

I love all the encouragement! :) Thanks for the links, too. Now that I see there is a pattern I can follow, I am feeling a little more confident. :)

Mandy said...

just requested the book...my daughter and i are enjoying all your great suggestions! can't wait to see if you whip up a "plaidypus"!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Do it, do it, do it!!! We will all cheer you on!!!! :-) And Juliet will think you're a super-star even if it isn't perfect -- I"m sure she will LOVE it!

Terry Doherty said...

What a lovely story ... the book AND sharing it with your daughter. You can DEFINITELY do it! and I can't wait to see the result. We will definitely have to find this one @ the library!

The Monkey Barrel said...

if you can make that cute little pillow you could make the platypus! I would find a 12 month set of jammies and sew the middle together and then stuff panty house to stick in the arms and legs and then use old socks to put over them for the fur and maybe an old sweater to fashion the head and bill out of.

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