Anti-Ikea

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ok, so i’m not really against ikea, but sometimes i just can’t stand buying something, no matter how inexpensive it may be, if i can make it myself (like my cat neck pillow). it happened one day about a year ago (yes, i am a bit behind with some posts…) with this little stuffed snake that my daughter wanted at ikea. any normal parent would’ve said, “ok, it only costs 50 cents, we can afford it and that way we can avoid an ugly scene in the middle of the store.” but we already know that i’m not the apex of normalcy. so we went back home, she picked out a piece of green bamboo velour (good choice!) left over from some cloth pads, and we got to work. and this is the little guy that resulted. the tongue are some strands of embroidery thread braided and knotted at hte end. we like him a lot and he’s really soft, even if i still wondered it it was worth it when the alternative only cost 50 cents. but in the end i’d say it was because handmade ALWAYS (almost) beats industrial. right? right!

about a month goes by. i cannot take anymore of that thumb that’s taken up residence in my daughter’s mouth. she keeps on having problems with canker sores and socializing. but she feels she needs it when she’s tired, sad or stressed. enter stage right (or left) an agreement between us. i propose: i’ll make you a special super soft stuffed toy exactly as you want it and you can carry it around, even in your smock at school. that way, when you’re tired, you can take it out, rub it and cuddle it however you want instead of sucking your thumb. she responds: ok! i want a snail! (and here it is with a little hat she made it.)

she chose other colors again from bamboo velour (it’s so soft, it’s perfect for stuffed animals!).

while i worked, i put her to work, too, stuffing a pillow (the piece i had to take off from this peanuts duvet cover that i made two years ago).

first i made a fabric rope, placing the irregular edges inside. i wanted it to be puffy, so i didn’t cut the edges, just rolled everything up.

here it is finished, hand-sewn.

i thought i could avoid sewing the shell just by knotting up the tube, but i wasn’t happy with the result.

in the end, i just made a spiral and again hand sewed it.

for the antennae, i folded a scrap of velour in half and sewed some long shapes. i cut them out and turned them the right way out.

at this point it had gotten a bit late (hence the crapola lighting here). now the body. i did it the same way as with the snake. i folded a long piece in half and sewed the shape, making it rounder at the head and tapered at the end. but i also slipped in the antennae towards the inside with just the non-sewn ends sticking out. i left a space halfway down the body to turn it right-side-out and stuff it.

then i bend the body around the shell, hand sewing them together. sofia chose the colors and how to do the face, and i embroidered it.

and here is the result, baptized “lumi” (short for “lumaca,” snail), ready to be slipped into a school smock pocket (and with his own smock that sofia made him). despite her unenthusiastic expression, she was thrilled to have her own snail made exactly the way she wanted. but, you might ask, the goal of putting and end to thumb-sucking? it worked for all of 10 minutes and then the thumb was right back in it’s favorite place!

a bit of irony/hypocrisy: i entitled this post anti-ikea, but just look what’s in the background of the above photo? a duvet cover that i made with ikea fabric! i TOLD you i love ikea!

p.s. two good bits of news from my beloved sheri from awesomesauce & asshattery: 1) her new book of tutorials has come out and is already on its way to me! i can’t wait to read it and i’ll definitely be reviewing it for you. or you just can’t wait, you can order an autographed copy along with a gift she’s made, a donation to designers against aids AND free shipping! geez, what else could you ask for?! and then 2) she’s offering a fantastic handmade creation FREE when you order something from one of her two stores before christmas!

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13 COMMENTS

  1. lo compro all'estero! questi colorati ho preso negli stati uniti durante i miei viaggi là. non mi ricordo di averlo visto mai in italia. ma puoi anche cercarlo su ebay e farlo arrivare dall'estero, ma la spedizione costicchia, purtroppo…

  2. Wow chicka! That snail is super adorable! We actually bought that silly Ikea snake(& all of his €0.49 friends) to avoid the brewing tantrum…as soon as we got home they were all forgotten & are now buried somewhere in the stuffed animal toy-bench – good for you for not giving in (& wasting the coins that are better spent on Ikea ice cream =O)

    Thanks for the shout out! I can't wait to hear what you think of my book! =O)

  3. ha! the question is: did you buy all the €0.49 buddies all at once or on four separate ikea outings? lol! one other time i tried to talk her out of getting that ikea mouse, but she decided to buy it with her allowance money, so of course i let her. and, like with you, as soon as we got home it was forgotten and she was ready to get rid of it about a month later never having used it!

    i can't wait to see the book! i'll let ya know when it arrives! 🙂

  4. lo so. negli stati uniti si trovano tante cose che non si trovano in italia e poi cose che si trovano, ma che costano molto di più qui. perciò quando vado, porto meno cose possibile per tornare con il più possibile!

  5. ciao Lisa!!! Devo proprio dire che Lumi è una chiocciolina fantastica, ha un'espressione dolce (il tuo tutorial è chiarissimo!) e, vuoi mettere, aver lavorato insieme alla tua bimba non deve certo farti rimpiangere di non aver speso 50 centesimi, giusto???
    Io non frequento molto IKEA, perché non è comoda rispetto a dove abito e comunque…in qualsiasi posto simile vada, torno a casa con molte idee e progetti in testa più che con tanti acquisti 😉
    Il libro che suggerisci ho visto che è ricco di spunti…magari MI faccio un regalo per Natale =)))
    Prima di salutarti, oltre a dirti che anche il serpentello mi piace molto con la sua espressione simpatica ti chiedo se si trova facilmente il velluto di bambù di cui parli.
    Un abbraccio, speriamo che il dito in bocca sparisca presto eee buona creatività!

  6. figurati! ti ringrazio per il tuo bel commento! infatti, secondo me la persona che ha creato ikea è un genio. ci sono tantissime idee, o da utilizzare in altri modi o da comprare come sono. io abito abbastanza vicino e piace un sacco anche ai bimbi. talmento tanto che cerco di non portarli più perché quando piangono e fanno un sacco di storie quando dobbiamo andare via!

  7. che bello…il serpentone ikea mi ha spesso tentato…ma la tua alernativa è molto più bella…perchè c'è il percorso, l'arte, l'impegno la creatività che in quei 50 cent non si può proprio trovare
    🙂

  8. grazie, lo, le tue parole mi sono molto care, soprattutto in questi momenti nei quali mi sento combattuta fra fare le cose in modo più semplice (cioè comprare) o fare le cose più complicate (cioè fare)!

  9. Ciao tesora, hai visto che ti ho lasciato il link della colla su FB?

    Complimenti per i tuo stuffed animals, belli entrambi e pieni di significato rispetto a quelli che si possono acquistare. Hai mai pensato di venderli?

    A proprosito, come ti stai organizzando per Natale? Solo regalini handmade spero!

    Un bacione, alex

  10. ho visto, grazie! sì, ho pensato in mille cose che potrei vendere, ma il problema è sempre il tempo!! non hai idea di quante idee carine mi frullano per la testa ed è fonte di grande frustrazione non potermi mettere a realizzarli. impegni da mamma/moglie richiedono tanto, tanto tempo… e certo, sì! regalini handmade!

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