One of Thing 2's friends was really into Angry Birds last year, and I was intending to make him a stuffed Angry Bird for his birthday....but his mom said he's not really into Angry Birds anymore. Darn fickle kids! Now he's into Mario Bros. Okay, time to check out Google! Because she also said that he has plenty of books and games, and he's not really into superheroes or normal boy stuff like that, and even they were having a hard time figuring out what to get him! Not helpful....and unfortunately, there were no patterns online to sew anything easily recognizable from the Mario Bros universe. (Lots of crochet patterns available, but I wasn't going to crochet for the kid.) So I settled for some humorous but possibly lesser known creatures, and I'm just hoping he'll recognize them.
First up is Boo. I used a free tutorial I found online, and I actually followed it pretty closely. The only changes I made were to use fleece instead of felt for the body (to make it softer) and to sew the facial features on instead of gluing them. I think it turned out pretty nice!
I also made him a Luma - this one is green because that's his favorite color, but I did check to be sure that they come in green before I did that. I know, I'm a nerd. I used this tutorial with no changes. And while I was on Skype with my brother (a total nerd!), I held this up, and he immediately said, "It's Luma from Mario Bros!" So I felt very satisfied that it was recognizable. :)
I hope that Thing 2's friend likes these....