Thursday, September 1, 2011

A rabbit and a cow ..

Wow ok so I really have to stop making a habit of this posting once a month.  Although I guess it's better than posting once every TWO months right?!

Anywho I have been doing a little bit of creating!
After dreaming all night about buying red-with-white-polkadot things for Leonie (her fav colour combo) I woke up with the inspiration needed to finish off an idea I had had a few days beforehand.  Sadly for NZ the lovely Leonie from Kiwi At Heart is moving back to aussie :-(  BOO HOO!!  She has become a great IRL friend after meeting originally at a Whangarei Bloggers Meet up back in February (thanks to Jacksta-B's organisational skills .. seen here)  So I thought, being the crafty person she is, I'd better make her something to take with her .. and help with moving in some small way!

After thinking about what I could make, and looking up at my stack of suitcases .. I remembered what was handy when I was travelling .. red ribbon tied to my bag made it really easy to spot and differentiate from all the other bags as they came through the conveyor belt.  

Luckily I had some red-with-white-polkadot fabric already so I whipped up a pattern for a tiny rabbit to attach with ribbon to her bag (one of the MANY bags aye Leonie hehe).

Here is the first draft:

 I thought I was being really clever by sewing the ribbons in from the ears .. what an egg I am .. I sewed them to the INSIDE of the ears (if you look close Leonie, you'll see remnants of the ribbons hehe)

So .. DON'T DO THIS: (if you wanted the ribbons to come out of the ears, pin the ribbons ON TOP of the fabric, not between!)

Here is the finished product pre-ribbon attachment .. with his little pearl tail (you can't really tell his size, but he's about the length of my hand .. I have small hands so about 15cm:

Hello I'm Leonie's rabbit!

 I sewed on a long piece of ribbon so it can be tied securely to the bag:

 Of course, when my kids saw what I'd made THEY wanted one too!  I thought to myself "sure thing - it didn't take too long to make that one .."  BAD IDEA!

I went to sort through my fabric to make another teddy and found some left over cow-print fabric from a jacket I made LONG ago and thought it would be a GREAT idea to make a cow for Master 2 1/2.

REAL clever me thought it wouldn't be too hard to make a quite large one.  (said with sarcasm)
It took me the rest of the morning to make Mr. Moo aka "cuddle" - and halfway through I was thinking "why oh why did I ever start this!!"

Luckily for me it has been well loved already and it's pretty good if I do say so myself considering I had no idea what I was doing and made it all up as I went along!
Here is the final product (this one's about 60cm from toes to head):

SOoo that's enough posting for me today!  Hopefully I'll get a bit more on to it this month and do at least ONE more before the month is over!

Sima J


  1. LOVE!! I got to see Leonie's rabbit in person tonight and it's so cute!!!

  2. I LOVE my rabbit!!! it is so cute (and my daughter has already tried to steal it off me!)
    I have tied it to my handbag and it looks SUPER cute!!!
    Thank you so much, I am so lucky to have you as an IRL friend and will miss you and the other whangarei bloggers sooooo much.

  3. You are a clever wee cookie! You did such a good job with rabbit and with cow! (PS Im going overseas soon... Just saying... Hehe. Joking.)

  4. Sooo great, how clever are you!!!!!

  5. Wow, that cow is amazing! You are so talented. No wonder you haven't been posting much if you're being THAT creative!


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