Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hot Giraffe



A little while ago, the You Sew Girls (Nikki and her wee one), made a Hot Frog wheat bag from that pattern over there on the sidebar. Last week, the shortest You Sew Girl, designed me a wheat bag pattern in return. AND INCLUDED A SEAM ALLOWANCE (that kid so knows the express route to her Mama’s heart). Like I was never going to give this one a whirl!

Voilà...



Like all good patterns it was an easy one to adapt for my purposes – I stuffed the neck and head with 100% wool stuffing and confined the wheat bit to the body. My littlest was beside herself chuffed to finally have her own ‘growed up’ wheat bag.



We overcame the fitting-in-the-microwave issues with a session of giraffe yoga.



Meanwhile, as I type, my middle is in the living room designing a menagerie of wheat bags. Despite constant prompting, he hasn’t once considered a seam allowance.

36 comments:

peppermintpatcher said...

Lucky that giraffe is so flexible! What a fabulously clever designer you know...

heather said...

so so into this!! every aspect of it! the smallest one's design, and the way she's holding it with such tender love. how could you warm one of these of up if you don't have a microwave?? hmmmmmmmm. the dryer! that would work.

did you sew it pretty much true to her design, or did it become a collaboration? just curious. i can't tell from the pattern that is just showing the head. i am up at 1:30 am because i just crammed in my sewing project for olive's birthday tomorrow. then i was too hungry to go to sleep, so i had to eat some cereal. and read a blog or two. good night! wish i could hug a warm giraffe to lull me to sleep.....

B said...

Very, VERY cute! <3

vadjutka said...

oooh, that giraffe is soo cute - and your girl is the cutest little girl with the giraffe :-)

CurlyPops said...

Now that is girafabulous!

Karin van D. said...

I love the fabric you picked for it. It is the cutest green polkadotted giraffe I have ever seen :-)

Liam's Mummy said...

I like his tail. Giraffe yoga - hahaha!

Stomper Girl said...

It's fantastic. Love his eyes especially.

Caroline said...

This is soooo cute! I love that you took up the challenge from that pattern and actually made it into a cuddly, hot and yoga loving wheat giraffe. (ps - men like to live on the egde you know, no allowances, seam or otherwise)

Thea said...

Adorable! As for the middle child designer - don't interfere with such creativity. You can always add the seam allowances before cutting...

Jodie said...

giraffe yoga !!!

Love it !! You crack me up.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That giraffe is just fabulous - and oh my! Nikki's little one including a seam allowance for you! Such a clever and talented little munchkin she is. I'm sure your middle child (you gotta love the creative middle children) is equally as talented, seam allowance or not :)

Oh and that photo of your little one hugging her hot giraffe is adorable!

beck said...

Adorable! Can't wait to see the whole zoo xo

Kate said...

That growed up giraffe wheat bag doing yoga is the laugh I needed just now. Love it! Thanks. X

Sandrine said...

Me too can't stop at the Yogi giraffe bit! But what a cute little one cuddle on the picture!xx

A Peppermint Penguin said...

From one wee one to another via crafty mums - the entire project is utterly wonderful.

All concerned need to send images of the works to this http://www.onemilliongiraffes.com/

Some people don't believe the necessity of things when told, they have to learn the hard way - things without seam allowance appear smaller when sewn. A LOT smaller. He'll get it!

Giraffe Yoga, it will catch on.

Cheers,
AJ

beccasauras said...

O.M.G! Can't believe she put in seam allowance- well, yes I can, actually, Nikki's child and all. But the fact you made it up is even funnier- or the fact she tought to make you one in return is probably the best bit. The initiative of children. (oh, your middle one marches to a different drum, maybe? He needs to work for Burda or draft Dortje pants!)

Catherine said...

I wonder if giraffe yoga is anything like elephant yoga (we have a book about that...) I really love the way you've Nikki's girl's pattern come to life!

Nikki said...

EEP! What a gorgeous giraffe!!! The wee designer left a lot of scope for interpretation, and I LOVE yours!!!! Glad your smallest was pleased and your middle one inspired!!

And yes - I'm with Bec.... maybe your wee designer can get a job with a Euro pattern company. What is it with the lack of seam allowances there? Even a 4 year old knows about seam allowances here......

Oh - and I lOVE your tail. And the giraffe yoga.

teddybearswednesday said...

Oh Hot Girrafe is totally right. that is one HOT Giraffe!! Love him and love him doing his Yoga. xo

willywagtail said...

She's a hot little designer. Definitely learning a lot from being with her Mamma. Cherrie

sue said...

Oh what a talented daughter you have, and even including seam allowances. I love the spots too and the yoga position for the microwave is a plus too, lol! What a fantastic giraffey wheatbag.

m.e (Cathie) said...

seam allowance..pffftt.
that is one cutie looking girraffee.
nice team work.

Fer said...

Those You Sew Girls are just the bees knees!

The giraffe is gorgeous, and does yoga better than you'd expect!

ELK said...

how lucky to have a designer "in house" perfect fabric choice for this gem!! a

june at noon said...

Well, it must be nice to have your own designer right there in the house! What a great-looking giraffe!

Madeline said...

A little pattern maker to be!

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

How absolutely splendid. Warms my heart this story, and the fabulous giraffe.

Sally said...

Like mother like son hey?
Super cute giraffe.

Sue said...

I was already smiling at the giraffe design complete with seam allowance, then the child hugs got me grinning and I truly lost it at the giraffe yoga...my side are aching. Thanks for today's belly laugh.

ecoMILF said...

genius and adorable!

zofia said...

Oh, the BEST giraffe ever.
Hehe, wonder what number 2 will settle on?

brownhairblueribbon said...

One post it is giant heads, next giant necks. I've been absent for a while - so nice to be back in touch with your giant adventures. And cute pictures of little ones cuddling soft warm sewn goods.
PS How did the head installation go?

Kirsty said...

I love this so much. You really did the smallest sew girl proud.

perchesinthesoul said...

Adorable!

quirkygranolagirl said...

perhaps considering a seam allowance slowed his creative flow. maybe?

the giraffe is so cute. i kinda wish (just a little) that i had a microwave.