I don't know about you, but I'm freezing. Okay, I'm a wuss. But still, I'm freezing. I have this inner battle going on in me right now...I can think of a million yummy and warm things to bake to warm me up, and I know if I get up and move around and bake and clean I'll get warm, but that'd mean crawling out of my tent of warmth (a down blanket covering me with a tunnel to my little heater, ahh) and being cold for half an hour until I do warm up. First world problems, I know.
So sitting here going through pins this morning this one caught my attention. Why? Because it has a warm looking glove in it and I forgot to grab my gloves out of the car before Cameron left for the day. Anyway...some genius person was able to create a cute stuffed chipmunk out of a glove. Check this out:
The Original Pin
A part of me really wants to make that, but I have no idea what I'd use it for and I don't want to cut up my one pair of gloves (I lose gloves all the time...can't keep a pair around). Nicole saw this and the part of her that wanted to make it overruled the "what am I going to do with it?" part of her (that part of us needs to be overruled more often when it comes to creativity), and she decided to give it a go.
"I work in a costume studio at my college's theatre and I thought this little stuffed animal would be a snap. I bought a dollar pair of gloves from a fabric store and started one night in my dorm. The glove, once cut, kept on falling apart at the edges and I couldn't get the fabric to stitch together because of it falling apart. I also couldn't pull the stitches too tight otherwise it would bunch together and look terrible.The legs ended up being completely different lengths. I also had forgotten to grab some stuffing, so I gave up after a while. I think I was supposed to have an adult glove (possibly a gardening or work glove), not a child's/stretch glove."
I think that I'm going to get me a cheap pair of gloves and try this out actually...but not today...I'm not feeling like walking the 20 miles (no joke) over to the store.
So, until I try this out on my own let me tell you my thoughts and ideas on it and then I can report how those thoughts and ideas worked out later.
- My first initial thought is that a stretchy glove is going to be hard to work with, as Nicole found out. Unfortunately, those gloves are the easiest and cheapest to get a hold of.
- You do probably want a larger glove. It's not imperative, but it'll probably make this project easier.
- I don't know if Nicole tried hand sewing or machine sewing her project (I'm guessing hand sewing by what she said, but I'm not positive), but I would venture to say that machine sewing this will make it easier. First, sewing it by machine would help to cut down on how much the cut glove was handled, thus reducing the fray on the edges. Second, you don't have to worry as much about pulling the stitches too tight and having the edges get puckered. Now, I do understand that sewing machines aren't always accessible, I'm just saying that if there's one around it might be easier and you might get better results if you use a machine. I'll test that out...I'll do one by hand and one by machine and see how it goes.
- There's a product called No Fray Spray that is supposed to help keep fabric edges from coming undone...I don't know if it'd work on a knit this big or not...but there's a possibility.
- And then, as Nicole found out, the stuffing and pipe cleaners are just essential to really pulling this guy together.
So until I try it out (hopefully later this week), do you have any suggestions? Have you made this and know some tricks or tips?