little jack horner

October 26th, 2007

little jack horner sat in a corner,

eating his christmas pie:

he put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum

and said, “what a good boy am I!”

Here he is pulling out the plum! I was really nervous about tackling the pie and the plum, but surprisingly I didn’t have problems with either (problems with my sewing machine that resulted in very loud swearing, yes). The pie plate has pintucks all around and is stuffed with foam and cotton batting. The pie is a natural linen lined with a purple and red print that I have ridiculous amounts of. I don’t normal like purple, but I thought that it almost looked like the inside of a plum pie: all red and purple and oozy. The pie is just gathered and hand sewn to the plate. I have no idea where this idea came from, but I think it actually looks like the crimped edge of a pie. And as I used to be a baker, I am especially proud of it. The pie also has a little pocket on top to hold the plum. I sewed the pocket in and then made a little bias tape and finished it with that. It looks okay, but I think there are neater ways of doing something like this (putting an invisible pocket not on a seam) that I don’t know of yet. I made the plum from this beautiful deep purple (really, I never liked purple before this) cotton that feels very fine and soft. A half yard of it cost me a whole quarter at my local thrift. It has a little elastic at the bottom to fit over Jack’s thumb and to make it more plum shaped. The plum is stuffed a little and lined with the purple and red print as well. Except for the pie, I stuffed everything with the new eco- friendly fiberfil which is made from corn. It worked pretty well, though I’m not the world’s best stuffer so I don’t trust me. The package doesn’t have any washing directions on it, so I have no idea if you can wash it or not, but you must be able to right?

All in all, I’m really happy with how everything turned out. When I started to make toys from nursery rhyme characters I had this idea that they should be slightly interactive–not really the right word, but you know what I mean. So, Jack, the pie, and the plum are all separate and you can act out the rhyme (if you are so inclined) or just put them in different poses on display. See the whole rhyme in pictures on my flickr page. As I mentioned before, this is my entry for the Softies Central Holiday awards (holiday smorgasbord category). So go look at all the fabulous entries right now!

Posted in plush.

9 Responses to little jack horner

  1. VictoriaE says:

    I love the look on his face!

  2. Monica says:

    gorgeous. As always.

    So… what’s next.

  3. Ali says:

    Love the fact you can act it out! So clever. And thank you so so much for the chocolate advice. Wanted to e-mail you, but couldn’t find your address (curse of Blogger). Your blog is gorgeous, I’d love to pop back again soon.

  4. Ahna says:

    Oh. I am sosososo happy that you left a comment on my blog because that lead me here! It is a very happy place to be. I can’t wait to read more. Your soft toys are lovely. I love the photo of (I assume) your little one’s hands in paint. The doll house is way cool – can’t wait to try it with my own girls.
    Thank you for helping me find my way here!

  5. Chris says:

    Oh, he’s perfect! I love that the pieces come apart and everything. Yay! He’s just as wonderful as I thought he would be. :)

  6. Alix says:

    He is wonderfully interactive and a huge success. inspiring. My first time visiting, so i’m off to travel around your virtual home. bye

  7. leslie says:

    this is amazing! i think you just might be a genius… yep, a sewing genius.

  8. i really like him, good luck in the softie awards, i see he’s been short listed : )

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