Thing 2 loves Angry Birds. Never mind that he's only played the game once. He's in love. So when I was flipping through a pattern catalog and spied McCall 6481, I about fell over. The pattern description is basically just "stuffed toys," but let's not kid ourselves. These are Angry Birds! Fortunately, JAF was having a sale on McCall patterns, so I just snatched it up! This is view D, which is basically the red Angry Bird (though in different colors on the pattern cover, and minus the black tail feathers, which I still might go back and add....I haven't convinced myself to bother yet). I changed the colors to match the red bird, and then I went to work!
Basically, this is a round ball with wings, facial features, and a comb. It's awesome. I used fleece for everything except the eyes and eyebrows. Those are felt. The pattern calls for using a fusible webbing on the eyes/brows and fusing them to the fleece. Now haven't we all learned that we're not supposed to put an iron on fleece? Well, I approached it with fear and trepidation, because there's really no way to machine sew these on, and I really didn't want to hand-sew them. And now I can tell you that by using a press cloth (mine is an old thin piece of flannel from a practically threadbare sheet) and lots of steam and even moderate pressure, you can safely fuse things onto fleece. Granted, this is generic, non-fluffy, non-special fleece, so YMMV.
I stitched up the pieces in half an hour or less, then ignored them for over a week, just because I didn't want to do the handsewing to attach the beak and comb. Silly me! When I finally buckled down and just did it, it probably took me half an hour. I should've just sat in front of the TV and done it earlier.
I left the Angry Bird knockoff on my husband's nightstand, because Thing 2 always comes into our room in the mornings to announce that he's up and moving. And DH's nightstand is visible from the doorway, so I figured he'd definitely see it there. I was already up and in the kitchen, but DH said that the reaction was everything I had hoped for - the classic double-take in the middle of a sentence, then the cautious "Is that for me???", followed by joy.
Of course, now Thing 1 wants one. Go figure.