Archive for the ‘Toys (cat and kid)’ Category

* mechapanda

Posted on June 6th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review, Toys (cat and kid).


Behold mechapanda. He and my miniBlythe are going to be arch-enemies and have fierce battles.

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He’s from the Mechani-Panda pattern in The Cute Book, which the nice folks at Aranzi Aronzo sent me. I love this book. One of the first Japanese craft books I ever bought was an Aranzi Aronzo book, but this one has the significant advantage of being in English. For the patterns, this isn’t actually that much of an improvement, since the picture-patterns are so well done in both books. I would say the main bonuses are that I can now read the crazy captions, and that copies are available without going to/ordering from Japan. The mechani-panda looked like one of the harder patterns, and it was quite fiddly to do. I added the laser eyes, made the blinky panel lights colorful instead of gray, and made the arms poseable so he could be more threatening, but he is otherwise to spec. Took a few nights of handsewing in front of the TV. I think I’ll try a simpler one next, like the cute frog, or the cute bunny, or the kidnapper.

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* Cat Tent!

Posted on April 26th, 2007 by becket. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


Hi – this is Becket. I’m over Maitreya’s place for another crafty get-together and we’ve decided that I needed to post something new. So, with my husband’s help, I made a cat tent. My husband had a passing fancy with sewing and so he helped me with this project. We made it from a pattern that I bought off eBay. The brown and orange fabric is very thick and did not require interfacing – I found it at IKEA (and, in fact, Maitreya was with me at the time…). My husband found the poles at Home Depot and used spray Krylon paint to turn them orange and match the color of the inside of the tent. It didn’t look like much – until we put the poles in – then Voila! – it popped into a perfect miniature tent! Jamie, our cat, likes to hide out in it – that is, when he doesn’t attack it. Cats are such appreciative creatures, aren’t they? :)
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* kitty bed

Posted on January 26th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts, Toys (cat and kid).


Made a cute little pillow for my kitty. The fabric is flannel that Mark got me in Japan, and it’s filled with cannibalized stuffing from a retired pillow. Look, he likes it!

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* bloomer bear

Posted on November 23rd, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts, Toys (cat and kid).


A friend of mine is having a baby soon, which calls for my baby shower gift of choice lately, a Wee Wonderfuls doll. I made a kitty last time, so now it’s on to the bear. While sewing him shut, I accidently cut one of the dress corners a little funny, which fortuitously created this bloomer effect. Since the parents don’t know the gender, I like the little extra gender-neutrality of the bloomers vs a dress. The bloomers are Denyse Schmidt cotton, and the rest is wool-blend felt. I ended up not having quite enough felt, so he has little stubby legs, which I also like. My friend Becket, who is going to start guest blogging on craftlog any day now, made a matching baby quilt that you are just not going to believe. It’s even got a pocket to stow bloomer bear. We’ll get that posted as soon as a photo shoot can be arranged, believe me.

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I’m at my sister-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving, which means seeing my niece, which means props for the photo! :)

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* Wee kitty

Posted on August 5th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts, Toys (cat and kid).


Long time no see. Lots to do at work lately, including a big conference last week, but I have been doing some crafting here and there. My sewing buddies from lab came over for dinner+crafting this week, so I had some quality time to work on a baby present for a good friend of mine from grad school. The baby is only 3 days old, so I’m patting myself on the back for the quick turn-around. Maybe it’ll cancel out the 2+ months I’m late on the baby quilt for another friend.

You’ll recognize the pattern from the Wee Wonderfuls put-together book. I might have to finally figure out how to use Flickr so I can post it to the gallery. As everyone else says, it’s a very good pattern. I’m quite pleased with the results. (The mouth is easier to see and the shoes are the same size in person, btw.) FYI, she still has some books in her shop.

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* plush seal

Posted on January 9th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


Some friends of mine are having a baby soon, so I made this for him. The pattern is from the Splendid Soft Toy Book, which seems to be carried by every library in the world. The fur is super soft. I’m not so good sewing stretchy fabrics by machine, so it’s all hand-done. I should probably have gone and gotten some different safety eyes, but other than that I’m happy with him.

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* beaded porcupine

Posted on April 15th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


I made a friend for crazed squirrel from the same Japanese craft book, which Myra says is called “I absolutely want to learn to make simple bead mascots.” Great book name. I think he looks a little suspicious of everyone staring at him.

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* 3 sisters dolls

Posted on March 27th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


My very first month of softies submission: dolls of me and my sisters. It’s impossible to think of myself as a child without also thinking of my sisters, so I had to make us all. I’m the one with the glasses, Ariel’s the one with the crazy curly hair, and Radha’s the little one.

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zoom of the diorama

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The basic body design is from Sally Mavor‘s Felt Wee Folk book. The more general design inspiration is from the Sunny, Windy, and Snowy & Chinook books by Robin Mitchell and Judith Steedman (previously gushed over here here and here).

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* Beaded Squirrel

Posted on March 24th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


Funny crazed squirrel made of seed beads strung on wire, plus two sequins for eyes. The pattern’s from a Japanese bead thing book I picked up at Bookoff. I also have the Klutz beadling book, which I’ve made a bunch of stuff from. There’s an old Martha Stewart Kids with some patterns, too. I remember making a lobster from that. But nothing compares with this Japanese book. The cute animals and beaded food are my favorites, but it’s hard to choose.

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* deer

Posted on March 11th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


The other big find at the Japanese bookstore the other day was the Mascot Album book with this deer pattern in it. You may recognize this deer from around and about on the web. Oriettacat makes very similar ones, for instance. I know I just saw someone else post a picture from the book, too, but now, of course, I can’t find it. The book has just all sorts of cuteness going on. I’m sure I’ll do more from it. This guy is made of corduroy and felt, with embroidered features. Hey, he matches Blythe’s new outfit!

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