Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Aine's 1st Birthday Pillow

I'll be working on the 3rd "Blue Boy" dining chair tonight but because you've already seen the before and after, I'll show you the pillow I made for Aine's 1st birthday instead. 

Our daughter loves monkeys, she's always pointing them out in books and hugging her monkey stuffed animals, so I decided to make a monkey head pillow to put in her crib. I used some vintage floral fabric my parents had leftover from reupholstering their bamboo furniture set back in the early 80s when they were living in Singapore. For the monkey's face, I used felt. Unfortunately, this was probably one of my worst sewing projects to date. The monkey's face and ears ended up angular and boxy instead of round and curvy, and I stupidly chose the corner of the ear to stuff the pillow instead of the bottom of the face so it's obvious where I had to hand sew the pillow together. I gave up on sewing the face altogether and just hot-glued it on. 

I know the pictures don't make the pillow look so bad, but I made sure they were taken from flattering angles. I have to say though that I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I think she'll appreciate my "personal" touches (aka mistakes) on the pillow. If it was perfect, I don't think she'd see her mom in it!

Happy early birthday to my little Annie! She turns 1 on Sunday. By the way, if you're wondering, Aine is the Irish version of Ann, so we call her our Annie.