Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hugh Manatee: One-Yard Wonders

I'm excited to share a project that I've been keeping a secret for quite some time. It hasn't been a total secret, since I used to have it as one of my rotating banner images. But, since I've never blogged about this little guy, let me introduce you to Hugh Manatee.

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Over a year ago, I was thinking about a plush toy I could design to submit to the sequel to one of my most beloved sewing books, One Yard Wonders. The call for submissions asked for project ideas designed using a variety of fabrics. I set out to design a project with fleece, and started to think about animal designs that were not currently out there.


After searching and searching the Internet, I did not find any sort of manatee sewing pattern that was larger than a desk toy. I was searching for a big, cuddly friend, like a snuggle pillow.
 
So I set out to design a manatee sewing pattern, with my trusty roll of teal-striped wrapping paper that I use for most of my pattern designs. My first manatee was in light gray, and I also made one in blue, which photographs better.

The most difficult part of designing this pattern was getting the mouth and face to look wrinkled and adorable. I knew I wanted a comical, cute face rather than a true-to-life frowny manatee. I spent a lot of time arranging felt faces on the manatee, then snapping photos. Then I'd go back later and rearrange the eyes and nostrils until I loved it!


Then it was time to ship him off, to be photographed for the book. I've heard he went to the book release party with the other 100 projects.

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Here he is in the book, Fabric-by-Fabric: One-Yard Wonders.

Hugh Manatee

And my original, with top hat!

My Project, Hugh Manatee

Next week, I'll tell you how you can win a copy of this new book. And if you don't win, please put this immediately on your holiday wish list! It's such a great value, with some really classy patterns for clothing, bags, home decor, toys, accessories, and lots more! You are going to LOVE it.





19 comments:

  1. Wow, Lindsay, I had NO clue how famous you are! Congrats, that is thrilling!!!

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  2. Oh my goodness!! That is SO awesome and cute!! Congratulations on being in a wonderful book! I am going to have to pick that one up for sure!! I love Hugh!!

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  3. Wow!! Congratulations! The manatee is so cute. And now I can hear the Veggie Tales song in my head. ;) Barbara manatee *manatee manatee*, you are the one for me *one for me one for me*. Are you singing it now? ;) I'm pinning this. :) The book looks like fun.

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  4. That is so flipping awesome. I love HUGH!

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  5. Congratulations, Lindsay! That's fantastic :) He's adorable!

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  6. Lindsay this is such a fantastic project (love the little top hat)! You know I adore softies and cute little sewn creatures, so I will be checking out this project (and book!) for sure. :) Big congratulations to you!

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  7. This is adorable, and congrats on being published!

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  8. Congratulations, Lindsay!! This little manatee guy is so darned adorable!

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  9. yay! good for you! he's adorable

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  10. Congratulations, Lindsay! That is such a fun project!

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  11. So fun and I have to say I agree with the other commenter about Barbara Manatee from Veggietales! :)

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  12. This is incredible and wonderful and I am so very very proud to have a friend who follows her dream. And that is very corny, and you have every right to laugh, but I couldn't think of any other way to put it when it's so very much what I feel.

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  13. Wow! Congratulations! Hugh is most handsome and he looks like he'd be the life of the party. :)

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  14. Congratulations, Lindsay! Hugh is absolutely adorable.

    How clever of you to think of a manatee. I love the little hat you gave the beige one too.

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  15. ADORABLE! I remember your manatee doll, but I had no idea he had such a punny name ... love it! Congrats on being in the book!!

    Keep up with me, Ted, and our Fab Four at http://four-by-two.blogspot.com.

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  16. Congrats for being published Lindsay, you totally deserve it, he is too cute!

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  17. I totally understand about arranging the face on the manatee. I crochet stuffed animals and I am always afraid of putting the eyes/face in the wrong spot and having them look frustrated or angry instead of cute. Also, congratulations with getting published. That is too cool!

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  18. Hi, I am Jamie from Maryland.

    Couldn't figure out how to fill out the form! Sorry!!!

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