Thursday, June 6, 2013
As a kid, I always loved stuffed animals. Each of mine had a name, and they were my favorite toys. I carried them around until I was in my teens, much to my parents' chagrin, and slept with them through college. I had learned to sew in middle school, but through college only managed to sew a few sock monkeys. It wasn't until I had moved halfway across the country and started grad school that my mom gifted me my own sewing machine and I became obsessed with creating.
I started making bags and skirts, but it wasn't long before I was making plush from patterns I'd found in books. A few years later, a friend of mine asked me to make her a stuffed hippo out of her favorite pants. I looked all over and finally found a hippo pattern in an old book at the library. My hippo was a huge success, and planted the seed for more. Except...it was big. When I decided I wanted to make a smaller size, I started from scratch, drawing and drafting my own pattern. Realizing that I could make my own patterns, just the way I wanted, was eye-opening and changed my sewing life.
After the hippo came manatees (my favorite mammal!), and then giraffes. My list of animals I want to design is long, but I keep plugging away at it. Stuffed animals never fail to make me smile!