Making Gifts, Making Memories

December 17, 2010 at 1:06 PM 3 comments

 

          This year I had the most unusual request.  My sister asked me if I could be “Santa’s Helper.”  That part was not so out of the ordinary, but the gift she wanted me to make for her 7-year-old son…well…that was a first!  He had told santa that he had been a very good boy and that all he wanted for Christmas was a 33 foot reticulated python (stuffed, of course)! 

         I thought to myself:  “How hard could that possibly be?”  33 feet of material, cut in straight strips, sewn together & stuffed.  (Maybe I should have thought a little longer and harder about it…)  So, I made the committment.  (BTW – There are NO patterns on the market for a stuffed 33 foot reticulated python…LOL!) 

          HA!  It took me about 3 days to complete from designing the pattern to full execution.  It wasn’t difficult, but it was way more time-consuming than I thought it would be.  And, it actually is a bit challenging to stuff a 33 foot snake.

          After realizing how long 33 feet actually IS (just for fun, get out a measuring tape & see for yourself), I decided to cut all of the fabric on the bias so that the snake could coil and thereby take up less storage (& wrapping) space.  It also needed a head, eyes, a mouth, a tongue, a belly, and a tapered tail.  Well, the final product looks pretty good to me, but the real critic has yet to set his eyes on it.  I hope he loves it!

(Fun Fact:  Cutting material “on the bias” means that you are cutting the material on a 45 degree angle from the selvage, using the selvage as your baseline.  This is the direction in which most fabrics will have some stretch.)

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          What are you making for gifts this year?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lisa  |  December 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    This snake looks AWESOME! I can’t wait for the reaction of the recipient! Will post more then!! 🙂

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    • 2. modestmomma  |  December 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM

      Aw, shucks! [blushing] Thanks.

      Reply
  • 3. Heidi Maxwell  |  December 19, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    I made messenger bags for our gift exchange recipients this year (we do a name trade in Jim’s family, as there are a bajillion of us!!) The 5 year old got a Mini Messenger with guitars and sea batik and retro orange prints – and a matching 24 slot crayon roll. Another Mini, purse style for Jim’s Aunt with a matching wristlet purse. Full size heavy duty Messengers for Jim’s Uncle and his cousin’s fiance. Still on the table: Custom seat cushion with 2 different covers for my dad and a market bag for my sis. I have vests started for the girls, but I don’t think I’ll finish them in time to get under the tree.

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