Scrappy Snake Valentine
About a week ago, I made a little owl purse as a Valentine's Day gift for my granddaughters. Today I am going to show you what I came up with for my grandsons! I put together a picture tutorial for a Scrappy Snake using some sporty fabric and adding a pocket at the neck to be used to tuck in treats or for little fingers to fit in to make their snake slither!
This snake is really pretty simple to make. I have broken it down into sections to help you see how I did it. But, although it will seem like a lot because of all of the pictures, it really goes together pretty quickly.
Preparing the snake skin:
The largest piece of fabric you will need is a long strip to be the under belly of the snake. I had some long left over scraps from another project which were actually the inspiration for this snake project. These strips became the under belly of the snake.
Of course, one of the most fun things about this project is picking out the fabric to use. When you have picked them out, cut out sections that are about 3 x 6 inches and line them up in a pleasing way. Here is a gallery of what I did. Click on the pictures for directions.
From this size of a scrap panel, you should be able to make 2 snake bodies. You need to make the scrap panel as long as your under belly. Then, here is what you do next.
The Head of the Snake:
Now you need to give your snake a head. Read on to see how I did it.
Adding the Tongue:
Because this snake is a Valentine's Day gift, I decided to give him a heart tongue instead of a forked tongue. I simply used a piece of felt and folded it in half length-wise and cut a heart at the end. Then I opened it up and finished cutting the narrow tongue strip. I made sure it was long enough to stick out of the mouth. Check out the gallery for this:
Adding the Eyes:
There are many ways to add eyes. Depending on the age of the children receiving these snakes, you want to make sure the eyes are safe. Buttons can be a choking hazard. If you feel like your children are old enough to not eat the buttons, still attach them very securely. For my youngest grandson, I am going to stitch on felt eyes very securely because I think that will be safer for him. For my older grandchildren, I looked through my button box to find something interesting for the eyes. Here is how I attached them.
Adding the Head to the Body:
You are getting close to being finished! Attaching the head to the body is really quick and then you will be ready to stuff this guy!
And Voila! You have a super cute snake! Just think, if you can make two snakes (or more if you make the panel wider) you can save a bunch of time on your next one. Also, I was a little worried when I first put my panel together that it was going to look terrible. But, once it was finished, I was really pleased with the look. Each snake has different eyes that I found in my button box.
The funny thing is, I am terribly afraid of real snakes, but I really like these guys!
Now, I am off to the Dollar Tree to get some things to tuck in the mouths and pockets to really turn them into Valentines! I'll show you some pictures of that later. Come back tomorrow for the first edition of Renny's Recipes! You will love it!
1/19/2017 11:52:27 am
They would make great gifts for her friends!
1/20/2017 06:17:30 am
These are so cute!! What a great idea for leftover material!
1/20/2017 08:40:49 am
Thanks Jodie. They are fun and easy to make, too.
1/20/2017 08:45:18 pm
You are welcome! I hope he loves them!
1/23/2017 05:03:02 pm
Adorable. My grandson would love one. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.
1/23/2017 08:22:54 pm
Thanks! I am getting ready to mail mine to my grandchildren!
1/26/2017 10:28:39 am
Another unique project from you! Such a cute idea and would be great for someone who has limited sewing skills like me!
1/26/2017 04:25:27 pm
Thank you Patty! I love the link party! I hope you try the snake, it is super easy.
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6/4/2018 11:48:20 pm
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