Making Gifts, Making Memories
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.)
What are you making for gifts this year?