In the fall I watched John Murphy's video tutorial on making monster plushies at Threadbanger's site. By the winter holidays, I had the time and courage to attempt my own. These are the first two I did.
Since the fabric used for the arms and part of each one's ears was called cheetah fabric, I named them Tiger and Elliot. I guess everyone can figure out how Tiger got his name. If you are from New York State or really into politics, you may understand where Elliot got his. Since these were not for little kids I went with button eyes. Elliot had bloodshot eyes (much as he namesake's) as you can see here. Yes, he is a blue blood.
I decided to birth some more of these for newly arrived grandchildren of my book club members, and Tattletales were born. I do consider that my monsters are born rather than made. They take on personalities. I swear they do. These new sweet things tattle on the new owners like Addison's below:
Yes, that says, "Addison did it. Babies have it way too easy. These little monsters will toughen them up. I gave this one embroidered button eyes for safety purposes. I think they look just as nice as the real buttons. There is the added advantage of using the little beast to help with learning colors. The nest came from a pattern by Michael Miller that you can find here. THEY call it a soft basket rather than a nest. There are a number of great tutorials on the right side of the website. Just scroll down to the "soft basket" one that I think should be called a nest.
This tattletale was for Reid:
He has felt eyes sewn on that give him a bit of a condescending attitude with those droopy eyelids. I decided to make his feet the same as the hands. I like that three-fingered and toed look best. Actually his feet tuck quick nicely into the basket, but I wanted to show his adorable toes. Eli's tattletale sneaked out before I got his picture. I'll have to see if I can get the family to take a picture. If he behaves as badly as Elliot, they have probably thrown him out on the street.
Elliot is still with me. My nephew, Randy, takes him home occasionally, but he tells me that Elliot behaves so badly he has to keep bringing him back. Randy has, however, been teaching Elliot how to play lacrosse. Or perhaps Elliot stole the equipment from Randy. I'm not quite sure. That is Elliot's mother in the background, the couch. They are indeed cut from the same cloth. Stay tuned for the story of the reupholstered furniture coming to this blog soon.
I got John Murphy's, "Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks. I'll post my first creation soon. I've had a bit of trouble gathering socks. It's amazing how attached people are to their socks. People react badly when asked to part with their them, especially the striped ones.