Still, in the 'continuing to not help my cause' vein, allow me to introduce you to Insatiable Glor:
|With Bonus Cameo from Previously-Featured Cushions!|
Yes, Insatiable Glor-as-pictured is an eight-foot-long cuddly squid. What of it? I got both the idea and the instructions for making him from Build-a-DIY. The link was sent to me by Husband, who assures me that he did realise I would be immediately seized by a need to make one, and much encouragement in the endeavour was supplied by Giant-Plushie-Loving-Friend, who mostly just wanted me to be the guinea pig before she makes one of her own.
Step one was of course to make up the pattern. Discussion with Giant-Plushie-Loving-Friend (henceforth GPLF) of ways to transfer the image on the site to a large-enough piece of paper took in everything from projectors to pinhole cameras to pantographs (apparently, it needed to be something beginning with P), but in the end I settled for a good old-fashioned pen-and-ruler approach. The living room floor was covered with greaseproof paper and I spent a happy evening measuring, marking, and freehanding curves until I was satisfied with the end result:
Next step, acquiring the materials! GPLF was snared into agreeing to drive me to the craft and fabric shops (my car is currently out of action until the clutch gets seen to) and giving me a second opinion on things. Polyester stuffing and beanbag beans for filling Glor were easily acquired, but the fabric was a slightly tougher proposition. The fabric shop came up trumps with a lovely mottled green that was a perfect squid colour, but was entirely lacking in suitable spotted-prints for the sucker side of the tentacles. I was on the verge of settling for something that would *just about* work when GPLF spotted, in the clearance bin, a perfectly-sized offcut of a far better sucker fabric than I would ever have imagined existed. Clearly intended for upholstery or curtains, it has textured circles that make perfect squid suckers.
While all of this was going on, Husband and Small Girl were away for a few days visiting family over half term. By the time they got home, the living room was full of tentacles:
|See what I mean about the fabric?|
The tentacles and fins were stuffed with polyester stuffing, but getting enough stuffing for the body would have cost an absolute fortune, so instead I went for beanbag beans. I also went a little off-piste as far as the instructions were concerned, and sewed the final piece on before stuffing the body (leaving a hole both to turn the squid the right way out and to insert beans). Then I got busy with a jug and a funnel:
|This was remarkably soothing to watch...|
No, I don't have any idea where I'm going to put him. No, I don't care.