Grumpy Cat is the latest fav meme, right? Or am I a year or so late with that one like I was with the Angry Birds thing?
My younger begat saw a Grumpy Cat plushie at Michael’s last week and was all over it! Knowing my plushie making skillz, he asked me to make one for him. I told him the Grumpy Cat was going to look more cartoony if I made one and not like the one at Michaels. That notion didn’t phase him. As soon as the older begat heard I was making his little brother one, he had to have one, too. And oh, please make one for the cousin, so she doesn’t get left out.
On a side note, in a prior post I mentioned that I am not good at conjuring up something from nothing. That isn’t entirely true. I misspoke. But it’s not like I’m the President, or Ben Bernanke or Kanye. I mean really, what I say won’t change immigration laws, sway the economy or trend on twitter. So dare I restate that I CAN conjure something from nothing sometimes? I do. However, I feel more comfortable if there is a pattern or something I can use as an example in order for my project to come to fruition. A lot of my creations are inspirations from others and I’ve put my own flair or adjusted them to suit me.
Out of my comfort zone I went! With that being said, this is how I put together this little grumpy critter!
And then I mocked up my own Grumpy Cat face.
I used cream, brown and heather gray fleece for the body and face. I used brown for the tail.
To make the face, I traced the pattern face and drew my rendition. Then I appliqued each piece. Here’s the Grumpy Cat Applique in PDF form if you want to make your own. I haven’t appliqued many things in the past, so I improvised. I’m not sure if this is the proper or the right way to applique fleece, but it was a winner for me! I cut out my pattern and pinned it directly on to the wrong side of the face while simultaneously pinning the applique fabric to the right side of the face.
I started with the gray part of the face first. I sewed directly on the paper. If you are proficient with free motion stitching – have at it! Not so for me, though. Just go slow, set your needle in the down position and pivot a lot.
Trim as close to the stitch line as you can.
Then I followed it with the brown spots over the eyes (they remind me of Bono’s sunglasses). Then I appliqued the nose and the blue part of the eyes.
I used 2 plies of unraveled worsted weight gray yarn for the mouth and two plies of unraveled worsted weight black yarn for the eyes and embroidered them on. Then I finished the rest of the body as per the tutorial.
All three of them made in a day!
What are your favorite memes?