Thursday, April 15, 2010

Who Says Easter Was a Week and a Half Ago?

Not me, that's for sure. And that's mainly because I just finished sewing my Easter gifts for the grandbabies. I found this pattern at Jo-Ann's several months ago:

It was so cute and looked somewhat simple to least that's what I thought at the time. I mean, it has "Simplicity" right in its name! Come on! (Side note: Jo-Ann's usually has AWESOME deals on patterns at least once a month. This one is regularly priced at $15.95 and it was on sale for 99 cents. I LOVE a good bargain!) Anyways, back to the Easter gifts.....I thought these would be relatively easy to make. Why I thought that, I have no idea. I have since learned that I should perhaps read through the sewing directions before deciding on its difficulty level.

I wanted to make two of them so I had to cut out 100 circles of fabric and 100 circles of batting. And then I had to sew each one until I ended up with a huge pile of fabric discs:

And, of course, to make these difficult, there were three different sizes:

Side note: It would have been so much easier if I had one of these:

GO! Fabric Cutter...only $500...*sigh*.....

Anyways, the construction part of the process wasn't too hard, apart from sewing the head, appliqueing (that is a word...I looked it up) all the facial features, and sewing them to the fabric discs. I mean, other than that, it was a breeze. But, even though it took me foreva, I think it was worth it. I love how they turned out! First the happy little hippo:

He looks so happy!

And a close-up of the discs:

And a little hippo padunk-a-dunk:

And then it was onto the monkey:

Close-up of the discs:

Rear view:

And, look, they're friends!

So, even though it took me about 8 1/2 years to finish these and there may have been some cussing involved, I'm really happy I was able to finish these. I think they're super cute! And, the upside to giving Easter gifts a week and a half late? Easter baskets that are 75% off. And you know how I love a good bargain!


  1. These are so cute. I'm never listening to Frank again - I told him you could do it.

  2. Those are adorable! I wish i could sew. I need to learn since i have a sewing machine that mom got me, oh....about 2 and half years ago and it has never been used :( I will learn one day! Im sure the girls will love them.

  3. WOW! Adorable! Those are so cute, you should do a craft fair to raise money for the $500 machine! :-)