RAWR! Meet Bernoulli, Jr.

February 18, 2009

In response to the sweet linkage from my homegirl Kissley, pillow-making Londoner and author of Deux Oiseaux, I’m serving up my latest pillow creation: Bernoulli, Jr.!

He’s a monstie (not a monster), and he’s cake to make. Here’s how:

  1. Get some fabric. Any kind, any size will do. Doesn’t have to be the same on both sides; Bernoulli, Jr., is soft on one side, a little scritchy on the other.
  2. Get some stuffing. I use bamboo fiberfill, because bamboo is easily renewable and it’s antibacterial (in case Bernoulli, Jr., drools on himself). You can also use fabric and yarn scraps, though if your monster is big, you’ll need a lot.
  3. Draw the shape of your monstie/er onto the WRONG side of one of your pieces of fabric. Get creative. Monsters come in all forms! Cut out and trace onto your other piece of fabric; cut that out, too.
  4. (If you want to embroider a scary face, or you want to hand-sew felt or fabric eyes, mouths, teeth, etc., now’s the time.)
  5. Baste (that is, pin) your cut-outs together, WRONG sides facing out. Make sure both shapes line up; if they don’t trim to match.
  6. Using a zigzag stitch, sew your two cut-outs together, leaving a 1/4-inch seam AND at least a 3-inch hole somewhere (I used the top of Bernoulli, Jr.’s head) through which to stuff the stuffing.
  7. Stuff your monster full! Stuff more than you think, ‘cuz he/she will flatten out over time. You can also leave special prizes inside your monster; I made a stuffed-and-bebuttoned heart and hid it inside of him, because Bernoulli, Jr., is really a big softie.
  8. Whip stitch your opening closed. Add buttons and other embellishments.
  9. Growl and rawr all through the town!

7 Responses to “RAWR! Meet Bernoulli, Jr.”

  1. Leslie said

    Hello you sweetie crafter, you. Monstie looks like he has the vision thing covered–farsighted in one eye and nearsighted in the other–funny and sublime-a twofer:)

  2. That’s so he can keep an eye on everything all at once!

  3. Thank you very much, pillow-friend.

  4. […] Simple to stitch, stuffed with bamboo fiber (antimicrobial!), and with sound built in: the eensie pillow, the one with the grosgrain pully-things, has a bell buried inside for some special jingle-jangle. Hint: The bell is housed inside a soft plastic cage (yes, it’s supposed to be a cat toy, but whatevs) so the stuffing won’t muffle the ring. […]

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