Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Weekend

1 Dec

I took the day off yesterday and created these adorable creatures!  I found a lot of great ideas on Pinterest and online and created my own pattern and went to town!  Many of my bookclub friends have had babies over the past year and I thought it would be sweet to give them something homemade for the holidays!  So fun fact: a group of giraffes is called a tower! Isn’t that awesome?  So I made a tower of giraffes for  my friends’ kids.  They have an adorable turquoise giraffe print on one side and turquoise minky fabric on the other.  Turquoise is my favorite color and because most of the babies born were boys I thought it worked well.  The giraffe’s mane is made up of four different types of ribbon (and an extra piece for the tail!)  The giraffe patten was drawn on a an 8.5 x 11″ piece of computer paper, so they’re probably 8-9 inches high and probably 5-6 inches wide.

After I successfully made my tower of giraffes, I had some leftover fabric from another project and made an adorable dinosaur for my nephew.  He’s a fleece dino print on one side and a bright orange minky fabric on the other.  I also found ribbons to match his pattern with orange, yellow, turquoise and navy.

What’s great is you can make pretty much anything you want and it’s not too difficult to do.  I think the hardest part is that the fleece and minky fabrics are difficult to work with – they stretch and move, but if you made any of these animals with a cotton fabric, it would probably be much easier.  Also double check the directions, so that when you turn then outside out, the ribbons are in the right spot and are sticking out correctly.  It’s also important to cross over the ribbons a few times to make sure they can’t get pulled out my strong baby fingers.

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