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Weird Stuffed Animals

For their birthdays this year, my kids got stuffed animals. No simple teddy bear, these handmade monstrosities looked like something straight out of Frankenstein’s lab.

Of course, the girls love them. A kitten with a dragon’s tail and flower petals for wings faces down a sock monkey with horns in their bedroom every night.

Freaky stuffed animals aren’t just for kids, of course. Jezebel recently shone a spotlight on some down-right R-rated ones. Friends of mine have collections of plush illnesses like herpes.

Weird plush things are adorable, unusual, and a hit at birthday parties no matter how many candles are on the cake. They’re also a fun D.I.Y. project.

You don’t have to be a crafty genius to make a memorable stuffed toy.

If you knit, crochet or sew, there are patterns all over the web for making whatever odd creature you like. If you’re more hand-craft challenged, though, don’t despair. The Frankencreatures my kids received were made from recycled parts of other animals. They required just a little sewing and a lot of playful vision.

To make one of these, you simply need to:

  • Gather up a collection of used stuffed animals. Steal these from your kids discard pile, or hit Goodwill.
  • Cut them into parts, along the seams. Come on, you know you’ve always wanted to dissect a teddy bear, right?
  • Play god. This is the fun part, but also challenging: you need to decide how to put the pieces back together to create your own creature.
  • Once you have a vision, break out your sewing kit and simply reattach the pieces in their new configuration. There’s no fancy sewing here, you’re just making a sturdy seam.
  • Voila! You’ve created a weird creature.

Photo: Patricia Waller

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