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The pattern calls for Worsted Weight Yarn and 4.5 mm crochet hook. I used Lily Sugar'n Cream (it's what I had on hand) for the yellow, and some scrap brown yarn that I also had on hand. 4.5 mm hook is a 7 here in the US... which wasn't in my hook case (where oh where did I put that hook?) So... I opted to use a smaller size, I used the G / 6 size hook.
The materials list of this pattern calls for a little bell to use for the rattle. I really did not like this option, so I came up with something else.
I have beads:
and I have bead containers:
So, I put the two together:
Then I wanted to be sure the two were sealed so I used packaging tape on both ends.
|I already did one end and this is how I did the second end; I centered the container on the tape|
|folded up one end of the tape|
|wrapped the tape around the bead holder|
|folded the other end of the tape up and wrapped the tape around|
|Taped on both ends|
|My rattle will easily fit in the body of the giraffe. (I'm also thinking, wow this is big! **Remember I used a smaller hook than what the pattern called for.)|
|Here are all of the pieces after I made them.|
|I found some quilt batting in my stash that I had left over It just happened to be just the right width. YES!|
|I tried wrapping it in Saran Wrap so I could insert it into the giraffe body. |
That didn't work. So... I tried wrapping it in Waxed Paper.
That didn't work either... So... hmmm...
|I opted to try sewing one end of the rolled batting. I left the thread tails long just in case it would work and then I could pull the thread out. |
It even worked to pull the thread out!
|Oh... guess I should say I did stuff the ball end of the body a bit before I inserted the rattle.|
|I sewed the spot onto the back of the head and sewed on the horns.|
Next is the ears!
|I sewed on the nose and the mouth... again... |
pre-stuffing and pre-sewing the snout onto the head
|The snout is sewn on and the eyes have been embroidered.|
|Isn't that face just adorable?|
|Really? Who could resist?|
Now that the embroidery is done, all the eyelashes are on,
and the snout is on, I stuff the head and sew it to the body.
|This rattle ended up being about 8 inches tall|
|The body is about 1 1/2 inches thick|
Would I make this pattern again knowing how big it is?
I would like to try it with perhaps baby yarn and yet a smaller hook.
It is still super cute!
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