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.
- Any scraps of fabric I used cotton, but you could use almost any type, knits would be cute or fleece. Be sure to have some solid red for the mouth.
- Buttons for eyes, or felt or something else for the eyes. For my baby grandson, I will probably stitch on felt eyes really tightly to make sure he won't choke on buttons. He is at that chewing stage.
- Thin quilt batting. (You only need a small amount, so if you have any scraps...)
- Fiber Fill stuffing (1 bag will fill many, many snakes.)
- Thread, red and any other color to match your color scheme.
- needle and pins
- sewing machine (This is mine that I bought just a couple of years ago.)
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.
Now you need to give your snake a head. Read on to see how I did it.
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:
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.
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!
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!