I just couldn't wait to post this! I'm so excited! I can't even believe I made it! You know that sewing is totally new to me, but when it comes to learn a new craft I could be very stubborn :)
Last week, I bought this pattern on sale for $0.99. I didn't know anything about patterns and skill levels. I just thought it was cute. As soon as Gaby got back from school I showed it to him. He immediately asked me to make him a dog in orange. I was up for the challenge. That night I cut the pattern. Of course, I didn't know anything about notches and markings so I skipped all that, lol. Man, did I learn a lot with this project. I spent the whole day on Friday (that is since I dropped him off at school that morning until it was time to pick him up in the afternoon) sitting in front of the sewing machine trying to figure out the pattern.
When I thought I finally got it, I started putting the pieces together. My first attempt to stitch the nose and the needle broke. Great! I had no idea how to change the needle. I looked in the manual and I figured it out. I also found out that I needed to use a different size needle for the fabric I was using, duh! I did all that and continue with the project. I was going nuts trying to figure out the head piece. It just didn't make any sense to me. I decided to put the head to the side and work on the rest of the pattern. I was so frustrated with that head piece :(. On Saturday afternoon, I brought my project to the Knit Knuts meeting and Aura and I went thru the pattern together. I insisted that there was a mistake with the pattern. So, when I came home that night, I decided to go with my visual eye and try again. I did it my way and it worked. There is a mistake in that pattern. There is a part on the head piece that says to stitch it together. Well, you are not supposed to stitch it because that's the part that you'll attach to the body later one. Anyway, I'm glad I figured that out. It was really hard to put the whole piece together. I ended up doing some hand sewing because some parts had to many layers of fabric and couldn't get them to go thru the foot. I even tried raising the foot all the way up and lowering the teeth of the machine.
Anyway, here is Hobbes. That's how Gaby named him.
Isn't Hobbes adorable?
I love his nose!
Gaby kept saying, "Wow, I really like it. You did a great job!" He is so happy with his new pillow! I guess all the frustration was worthy.