I don’t usually do weird crafts. I make normal things, like bags and cushions, clothes for myself and the boys. I make blankets that don’t ever get finished and occasionally I make pictures out of felt.
Sometimes however, I am required to make something peculiar.
A couple of years ago, Boy 2 announced that he wanted a hobby dragon for Christmas. I had never seen a hobby dragon anywhere. Horses, and unicorns that were clearly aimed at little girls, but no dragons.
As I couldn’t find a hobby dragon anywhere, I decided to make one.I drew a pattern based on the shape of hobby horses’ heads. The head is made from 2 pieces of green sequinned fabric. The eyes and the fire from its mouth were made from felt left over from another project. The inside of the ears are red satin, left over from the bridesmaid’s dress my mum made for my best friend when Husband and I got married.
Lastly I put the head on the pole. I cut a groove round the pole near the top, then rearranged the filling inside the head. Using strong thread, I sewed around the opening of the head and tied it on to the pole.
The other contender is a beard I made for Boy 3. His class at school had a Wild West Day. The children were encouraged to come to school dressed up as cowboys or Native Americans. Boy 2 refused to dress up, so that was an easy costume to sort out! As we are avid watchers of the TV show Mountain Men, it was decided that Boy 3 should go as a little mountain man.
I had some fleece fabric in my fabric hoard, left over from these dinosaur hats I made a long time ago! I cut two strips and cut them into fringes. I then sewed the fringes to a pair of tracksuit bottoms.
The hat he had already.
The tricky bit was the beard. Unfortunately I didn’t write it down as I was crocheting it, otherwise I’d put the pattern on here!
I used a looped stitch that I found in my wonderful 1970s crochet book (I’ve written about that here!) and it attaches to his ears by chain stitch loops.
I used blue sparkly yarn, also left over from another project, possibly an unfinished one. I know beards are not usually blue, but it was the closest colour I had to beard colour.
I was pleased the results!
What is the weirdest thing you have ever made?