My mother and grandmother used to handcraft toys for me as a child- they often were my favorites. I wanted to do the same for Katherine. In addition to have something made by love, she can also grow up with recycled handmade things.
|It would look more realistic if she wasn't holding it upside-down, haha.|
Scraps of various textures and colors. I used an old pillow case, shreds of an old t-shirt for stuffing, a tiny piece of ribbon for the beak and tiny pieces of another old black t-shirt for the eyes.
I would not recommend using buttons as they could come off and become a chocking hazard.
|I am not an artist.|
I wanted to use various textures to keep her interest up, so I used a soft fleece fabric on one side and a silk(fake) on the other. It kind of has a Two-Face effect, but Katherine has never seen Batman, so she won't be disturbed.
Sew the sides together, leaving a space to turn the right way out.
|I left the part under the tail open.|
Cut out leaf shapes for the wings. I winged it (haha! Right?! Yeah, lame). Seriously though, I didn't use a pattern or anything- it really doesn't matter. Just remember to add for a seam allowance.
I did not take photos of this. I used shreds of an old t-shirt sleeves to stuff the body. I don't own polyester fill and if I did, it would be defeating the purpose of using recycled scraps.
After stuffing, I sewed up the open end under the tail.
To attach the eyes, I just hand stitched some pieces of folded black fabric. You want to stitch the life out of these things (and the beak) so the baby can't chew it off.
|You can use your imagination with fabric choices.|
|Katherine loves chewing this. Since there is no stuffing in the wings, it is easy for her to hold and stick in her mouth.|