Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Christmas 2016: Plush Trucks
So, this is next gift up is a gift for both my nephew and my son.
I found a pattern for .25 at the used store over the summer, a Simplicity pattern, and it was probably from the 80's. You could make a stuffed car and camper, a stuffed train, a stuffed phone, a stuffed clock or a stuffed monkey (the monkey still throws me in that mix). I thought, "Oh this will be great!" as the camper and car I could see could EASILY be converted to a big rig and I really wanted to make one for each of my young nephews, and of course my own little guy. And converting it did work really well.
I burned out after two of these. Not to mention ran out of batting.
Anyone who has used patterns for a while will usually tell you, "Oh, that whatever-it-is-you-are-making is going to turn out smaller than the pattern looks. Trust me." I can't even count the amount of times I went to make something that looked huge on the pattern and when it was all sewn together I looked at it and went, "Huh, it looked bigger on the package." In this case the trucks actually came out really big compared to what I figured they'd come out like, which wasn't bad, just unexpected (thus they blew through more batting than I thought).
And then there was the pattern itself. Pattern was fine, cutting instructions weren't but you could figure it out. But the sewing instructions? Downright terrible! If I hadn't had experience making some stuffed animals in the past I would have been doomed trying to figure the instructions out. They were not in depth at all, assumed the person involved knew what things like darts were and quite literally skipped steps (like telling said person that they needed to flip the cab pattern around so you'd get your window on the right side when you went to sew it together and things). Thus why I'm NOT sharing the pattern here as I refuse to give it any type of publicity. I was not impressed.
By the way, if you have older kids in the house that might like to build things, there are, I found some really cool free paper model kits you can print off to build all kinds of things. Might be a neat thing to search for and print off (just use photo paper or card stock to print on) for a cheap last minute Christmas gift for the boy in your life :).
Total Time to Make Gift: Six very long hours, which includes cutting time. The embroidered wheels also took an extra hour to get done on the one truck.
Total Cost to Make Gift: Nothing. I had the material in my stores and I had the thread. The batting ended up being the inside of a big pillow that a friend gave us that we never used as it was just too oversized and not really bulky enough to use as like a body pillow.