|Jes getting ready to board the plane to Europe.|
Well, in case you didn't already think that I was the most geeked-out art teacher there ever was, I went and did this. I created a stuffed version of our school mascot to take on our trip to Germany and the Netherlands. Oh yes, I did. And I'm so excited about it.
Each year, I come up with a theme of study in the art room. Last year, we studied all things Egyptian-y. You can see the end result of that here, here and here. Because of this trip to Europe (I have the good fortune of tagging along with hubs who is going for work), I thought I would take the kids on a trip European adventure with our school mascot, Jes the tiger, as their guide.
Never having created a stuffed animal before, I went at it kind of haphazardly. In case you are dying to create your own stuffed school mascot, you'll need the following:
- two pieces of felt for the body
- buttons for the eyes and nose
- a sewing machine
- embroidery floss and needle
- extra felt for parts of body
- I began by sketching out the tiger. After I was pleased with the shape of the body, I pinned my drawing to my two pieces of felt and cut it out.
- The same process was used for creating the face and muzzle. I drew it out, pinned my drawing to the felt and cut.
- From there, I pinned the face to the body and lightly drew in pencil the parts of the face.
4. All sewing machines have a zigzag stitch. If you set the zigzag so that the stitches are close together, you get this applique stitch. This is what I used to attach the face to the felt as well as stitch the line for the muzzle, the mouth and attach the white fur on the tummy.
5. For the eyes and the mouth, I sewed some buttons on by hand.
6. The eyelashes, the whiskers and my tiger's name, Jes, were all embroidered by hand.
|Yes, I also created a passport. I told you: Geeked-Out Art Teacher.|
So, why in the world did I do this? Well, the plan is to take photos of Jes (that is the name I christened the tiger as it's the initials of my school) in Germany and the Netherlands to share with the kids. By viewing photos of Jes' explorations, I'm hoping the kids will be more intrigued and draw a greater connection to what they learn. Are you familiar with the Flat Stanley Project? It's the same thing but with our school mascot instead of a flattened dude.
|When I asked hubs if I could get Jes' passport stamped at customs, he just looked at me. I suppose it's bad enough that his wife is snapping photos with a stuffed animal.|
I have a large wall space in my room that I plan to create a map of Europe so we can track Jes' travels. I've got several other ideas of having Jes send postcards and small gifts to the kids. We'll see. Any ideas or suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.
|Because I'm not TOTALLY crazy and don't want to appear as such by dragging a stuffed animal around Europe, I created this bag to stuff Jes in.|
I do have a wee dilemma. My students will be learning about the art and life of the people of England, Italy and France as well. Sadly, I won't be traveling to any of these places in the near future. If you live in one of these lovely countries or know someone who does...someone that wouldn't mind snapping a couple photos with a sweet and adorable stuffed Tiger, would you please let me know? Postage would be covered via paypal by me...and a gift of appreciation would most definitely be included.
|Jes rolled up and ready to be stuffed into my carry on.|
|Passport in hand and ready to board.|
Because I know you are dying to be kept abreast with Jes' adventures, I'll be sure to share them with you.
Thank you for reading and tolerating my art teacher geektasticness.
Have a lovely week!