Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sewing an Unicorn

Or how to make a 5year old happy! ;-)

When I asked my daughter a few weeks ago what she wanted for Easter, she said

"An unicorn. A white one with a pink horn and a green saddle."

Well ...

I actually already had other plans ... but why had I asked?!
My own fault!

So I ended up ditching my plans and making a unicorn:

I used the pattern for a stuffed horse and added the horn.
I am really happy with how it turned out.
And considering that I have never made a stuffed toy with a sewing machine before I was quite impressed with my own work. :-)

I made the unicorn out of white corduroy-velvet and used pink cotton velvet for the ears and the horn.

The bridle is made out of beautiful ribbon. 
And of course it can be taken off.

The nostrils are embroidered pink flowers.
I made the eyes out of polymer clay. Kinda like buttons.
Instead of white dots I made tiny pink hearts and added them to the pupils.
After all it is a very special magic unicorn. ;-)

The saddle is made out of thick green felt with some ruffles around it.
I actually had planned to add some flower-heart-garland kinda embroidery to it as well ... but simply ran out of time.
But maybe it was for the better. I quite like how it looks now ... maybe it would just have been too much. Or I would have messed it up after all. ;-)

The saddle of course can be removed as well. 

Little bear LOVED it!
She was so happy! Which again made me so happy!
Because in the end I did spend some hours on making it ... and the whole time I was worried that maybe she would not like it.
She seemed to have a pretty clear picture in her head ... What if the unicorn I was making did not live up to it?
So I was relived and happy to see how she would not just smile but drag the thing everywhere she was going! :-)
Am so happy that I did not stick with the initial plans ... :-)

And another funny thing:
When she found the unicorn - of course it was hidden by the easter bunny -  she instantly turned to me and said "You sewed that!"
I mean she knows that I sew ... but still. That instant reaction ... I was puzzled. She did afterall still believe in the easter bunny. Why would she think that I had made it?
So I asked her. You know what she said?
She pointed to the ribbon that I had made the bridle out of and said "That was in the living room"
Yes, I do store my ribbons in the living room. I never thought that she would pay any attention to that. And  NEVER would I have thought that she would remember a particular ribbon!
I was speechless!

Hope all of you guys had a great Easter!!!!

Did you make any of your Easter gifts?

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Wendy said...

You did a beautiful job!!! I see it and think of the little girl in the movie screaming "IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!" ... As for your daughter's memory of the ribbon... that is the thing from stopping Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny from giving any handmade items... my girls (5 and 6) have steel traps for items I'd never believe! :) Good Job Mom!

Care said...

It's so fun!! I love it! I bet she was completely thrilled!

LiEr said...

Oh Miss Muffin, I LOVE it! It's perfect! Have you never made a stuffed toy on your machine? And this is your first? Wow, it looks like you've been making them for years, honestly. Well done! Loved your daughter's reaction to it - these little kids don't miss a thing, do they?
I'm still far behind on my easter gifts. I just finished a 2010 christmas gift last week. At this rate, i might be done with their easter gifts by Halloween.

Hands Sew Full said...

That is one very cute unicorn and and very lucky little bear! My daughter recognizes everything too! They are so smart!. Good job it is beautiful!

Laura said...

It's great! I love how friendly it looks and all the little details. Like the beautiful ribbon, the hearts on the pupils, etc. Amazing first toy attempt!

Papgena Made It said...

oh my!
He is beautiful!!
and the little details!
It's perfect for hugs! :D
Great job!
Children are allways looking to details like that and we only notice it when they decide to reveal it! :P
I crochet eggs for Easter! Lots of them!!!!

Misty @Creative Itch said...

How adorable!! You did an amazing job!

Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

Nikki ~ Let's Craft!! said...

Hey there I am your newest follower! Hope you stop by to see me. Your blog is way too cute!!



Nikki ~ Let's Craft!! said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I hope you do choose do do the linky. We could bounce off of each other. I haven't paid for my linky yet but hopefully by next Saturday I will. I am a broke momma too and can't buy craft supplies so necessity is the mother of invention. Let's see who else we can get on board shall we?
~ Nikki

HOMEmomMADE said...

Thanks for stopping in at Make & Share again! You get tons of Kudos Points! Your unicorn is lovely!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

My daughter loves your unicorn☺ I told her well your mommy can't sew anything like that and you already have a stuffed unicorn. But not with a GREEN saddle she said. I know it's hard to remember which linky parties start when, with the time difference but you might like to stop by tomorrow as you're featured on mine☺

Judy said...

That unicorn turned out simply adorable! It is going to be very loved for a long time :)

Morela said...

Hi Ms. Muffin,

I am a new follower and I would like to say that I think your unicorn is adorable. I was also featured at A Crafty Soiree and blogged about it and your unicorn tonight at myview-finder.blogspot.com. Swing by and check it out if you'd like.


Ticia said...

My daughter would probably say the same thing, and then hug it to her!

Karima said...

Hi from your newest follower/s.
I saw you on the featured post on A Crafty Soiree. I was also one of the featured. I am now google friend following you, Karima from

Lo Christine said...

I am so impressed!!! This is great!

SP... said...

That's so amazing!
May I ask where you got the horse pattern from? I think I know a little girl who would *die* for a unicorn toy like that!

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