I just finished two projects in the last week using my favorite go-to gift: the six sided ball. Last year I shared with you the Angry birds game version and a Harry Potter golden snitch version that I had made for gifts.
This time I took on Star Wars for my nephew who loves Angry Birds Star Wars, and a autumnal pumpkin version for my son’s school Halloween party.
The Star Wars version turned out pretty good. I made OB 1, Princess Leia, Chewie, Han, and Luke, Darth, a storm trooper, and green pig.
The good guys:
The bad guys:
I bought a stuffed animal at the thrift store to get Chewie’s fur, but the rest of the materials were polyester fleece and felt that I already had in my fabric stash. It took me somewhere in the range of 6-8 hours to get these made, from digging through my fabric stash, to cutting out all the pieces and hand sewing them on, to stuffing and closing them up. I’m still not sure how well I sewed up Chewie. I’ve never sewn with fake fur and it’s really hard to tell what you’re doing when you can’t see anything but hair.
The pumpkins were a quick last minute project I made for my son’s class. I had some leftover orange fleece from my son’s costume (he was a red-eyed tree frog this year). My son helped cut some of the shapes for the eyes and noses. It probably took me about 3 1/2 hours from start to finish to make 10 of these. It would have been even faster if I hadn’t been interrupted several times.
I love the ease and versatility of the six-sided ball. I’ve had a request for yet another version for a friend’s kids for Christmas. I’ll be sure to share them in a post when I get them completed.
Have been thinking about gifts to make for Christmas? What are some of your favorite handmade gifts you’ve made in the past?