Monthly Archives: February 2013

Nintendo Powerstar Plush

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This has to easiest toy to make for any Nintendo fan. Cut two simple star shapes with rounded points from fleece and make two long oval eyes from felt or fleece. I didn’t spend more than 20 minutes on this and it was a big hit with my daughter.

I took this picture after a month of play and it’s holding up nicely.

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Pokeball and Thomas Train Pillowcases

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Every year for my kids’ birthdays, I sneak a bit more reusable or cloth wrapping into their gift pile. I wouldn’t move away completely from having them tear and toss any paper, that’s part of the fun, but I do aim to keep it at least 50% reused wraps or fabric wraps. So besides the assortment ofย  twice used, thrice used and who knows how many times used gift bags we wrapped in I also made a few special wraps this time. It was especially handy since the items I needed a cloth wrap for were sleeping bags. Thus a pillowcase to match was ideal as a wrapping.

For my son I purchased a somewhat holey Thomas and Friends fitted twin sheet at Goodwill for $2. It was a bit tricky planning the case to avoid the holes in my material but still include every printed character. His sleeping bag of course was blue.

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For my daughter, to keep with her Pokemon/Nintendo theme, a red sleeping bag was the obvious choice. I only needed to decide whether to emblazon the case with a giant M for Mario or piece together a Pokeball scheme. I decided to go with a Pokeball scheme since I had extra time that day and not too much in the way of red fabric.

The idea behind the Pokeballs was that with a vinyl circle where the button should be would act as a window to insert Pokemon cards or print-outs to have an ever-changing sham. The circles are sewn onto the pillow in a U shape, leaving the top open for card insertion. As of right now, my daughter has Hippotatas, Lucario and Pink Shellos in her case. I figured this would be a way to keep up with her desire to acquire more Pokemon without actually having the expense of buying them, the time of making them or the burden of owning and organizing them. Having more Pokemon is as cheap and simple as printing a picture from the internet and slipping it in the case.

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Plush Velcro Yoshie Egg

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I’m so glad my daughter likes stuffies because they are fun to make. This one almost kicked my tushie though as I made over 4 prototypes before hitting on the best proportions. I don’t know why it’s so easy to make a ball but so hard to make an oval. At least, hard to make an oval that doesn’t resemble a football anyway.

I had to make it big enough to encase any of her collection of 7″ Yoshi plushies and a way to keep them in. I decided on hook & loop tape over a zipper in this case. It seemed easier and I didn’t have a white salvaged zipper in my collection anyway. ๐Ÿ˜› The egg is fully lined to add more stability to the thin fleece. It would have been nice to find a lighter green fleece but I have one fabric store within 20 miles of my house and that’s the dinky section at Walmart. I have to take what I can get, especially when I only need a fraction of a yard. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Toys really are fun to make and extremely frugal, I think, from fleece. This item only cost $1.10 total to whip up(lightweight fleece at $4yd and I have some leftover). Fleece is especially nice to work with since it doesn’t fray like crazy, is easy to needle and forgiving because of the fabric stretch in the finished item. Handstitching a toy is so calming to me. ๐Ÿ™‚