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|McCall's: 6672 (Wall Decorations) - Type:Kids(boys & girls)|
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|Reviewed by:||Sandi S|
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|Posted on:||12/25/12 6:21 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Faux Fur [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|My 7 year old son Benjamin loves giraffes - adores them! He has loved them for years, since he was a two year old in his stroller at the zoo. He has amassed a small collection of stuffed giraffes and giraffe-related items, but for Christmas, he asked for a giraffe. Now, I wish I could really give him a giraffe. They are such gorgeous gentle giants. We love to visit them especially since there is a new baby giraffe at the zoo. (Her name is Juma and she is precious!) We have fed the giraffes at the North Carolina zoo and that will only make you love them more.|
Of course, there are many reasons why a real live giraffe will never be able to inhabit my backyard, but this pattern offered an interesting and fun facsimile of a sweet giraffe. As soon as I saw it, I knew I'd be making it for Benjamin for Christmas.
While this is a sewing pattern, you don't want to start this without some power tools handy. The pattern called for a double layer of glued corrugated cardboard which didn't seem like the easiest thing to come by, so I made a trip to Lowes Home Improvement with my husband. We picked up a 4'x8' sheet of a thick (1/2" at least) cardboard-like material that I think is used in roofing. The intended purpose isn't a big deal since we had an alternative plan for it.
I traced the pattern onto the board and we cut it with a jigsaw. The giraffe body gets covered with the fake fur and staple-gunned in place to the back. I sewed the pieces for the calves and hooves out of fake dark brown leather and cream wool felt. I ended up recutting the pieces wider than the pattern originally called for to make it easier to staple. (Note: two of the legs are attached and the third leg is constructed separately and then attached later.)
The head is sewn almost like a sock and slipped on the top of the giraffe. The facial details, including the eye, are hand-stitched. The horns are rolled and fringed brown felt that were hand stitched on as well.
For the mane, I sewed loops of dark brown yarn to a length of ribbon, cut the loops open, and then staple gunned the mane onto the giraffe.
The giraffe is stabilized on the back with thin pieces of wood that I purchased pre-cut in 2 two foot lengths and 2 three foot lengths. I attached those pieces with a brad nailer.
Getting this baby on the wall required some manipulation, but essentially, you staple ribbon onto the support boards and then use the ribbon to attach it to the wall.
I made this at my mom's house and thank goodness the seats in my Toyota Sienna fold down because this thing is about 6 feet tall! I hid him in the garage and waited until the rest of the gifts were opened before I brought him out (and my husband had the camera ready!).
Benjamin loved him and we installed him in the perfect spot in the boys' room(s) - they have a bedroom with a connected bonus room, so we placed him inside the second (bonus) room and Benjamin can give him a kiss before he comes down the steps into the main area. He's pretty huggable, too!
This is a big awkward project to make, but if you have a child who loves giraffes, it is definitely worthwhile!
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