1.12.2011

Let’s Play Name that Commercial

It’s a pillow, it’s a pet,…and I bet if you have kids you know the rest of this song. I loath that commercial and even worse was that those pets were everywhere this holiday season. I saw a pile of them at the office supply store, because when I’m buying ink and paper what I really want is an overpriced stuffed animal/pillow. There was no way I was paying $20 for a pillow (that’s really just a rectangular stuffed animal).

Little Miss wanted one sooooo bad, I almost caved, but now I’m really glad that I didn’t. My friend Tiffany from All Things Crafty just published a tutorial on how to make your own pillow pet clone, with a pattern! I have seen a few variations and hers is definitely my favorite because the head is sewn on during the body construction which means no hand sewing the head on and it’s on there good. Now that I don’t have to worry about any beheadings (brothers play rough) I am free to design a super special pet.pillow pet 1 I went with a bed bug with polka dots, zebra stripes, and a pink belly. I know that might seem like an odd choice, but really I was going with one of our nightly rituals. Little Miss tells me, “nighty, nighty, don’t let the bed bugs bite” and I say, “and if they do, hit them with a shoe, until they are black and blue” and yes, I know we are a bit special here :)pillow pet 2 She was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t a puppy (pillow pet), but only for about 10 seconds, the new pet has yet to be named. She was very excited that she could take it to Grandma’s house the next time she went (seriously, straight from the commercial), this project was a success! I always forget how easy it is to work with fleece and it’s so soft and comfy.

4 comments:

mieljolie said...

The bed bug turned out so cute!! I like the pom pom ear/antennae ?? thingies. (Not sure what to call them. But they're great!) :) So are the sleepy eyes.

I'm glad you tried the pattern and like it. I agree about hand sewing the head. After our own experience with Ghillie's Poppet pattern on Craftster.org, there was no way I wanted to hand sew a head on. Mine always wobble and lean to on side. :D

Thanks for the linkie.

Mieljolie

Crafterella said...

Thanks, I used glitter felt for the eyes and I was going for eyeshadow, but they ended up looking sleepy. Oh and Little Miss just informed me that HIS name is Bug Bite {snicker}

I have yet to complete my poppet, it's just a pile of arms and legs right now, I'll have to remember to be extra careful when I sew the head on.

mieljolie said...

Yeah, the head on the poppets is the worst part. Other than that, they are pretty easy to make. Her instructions are really thorough. Speaking of poppets, my mom just got a wild hair to finish our "Kreacher" house elf one. It was sitting in a pile of parts for well over a year. :D When she finishes his "clothes", I post him.

Mieljolie

amomwithalessonplan.com said...

hooray for you! This goes to the very top of my to do list!