A while ago, when I was thinking about presents for a friend, I found a new use for Pinterest – gift snooping! A quick peak at her boards gave me a number of ideas to choose from (and confirmed an idea I had already had.) Just another reason to love Pinterest!
So, for her birthday, I made her this:
This is Hobbes, from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson. I found an amazing tutorial on Instructables and then got set for hours of hand-sewing. Yes, hours. This is not a toy you make for just anybody as every single stripe is hand-sewed. But everyone has those friends they would do anything for, right? And all of it was worth it when I saw how much he was appreciated in his new home!
I also learned some interesting Calvin and Hobbes trivia as I searched out different ways to make a Hobbes toy. It seems that Bill Watterson is adamantly against the merchandising of his cartoon. So much so, that when a toy company sent him a bunch of stuffed Hobbes toys for his approval, he burned them all in a bonfire. The only one left was the one that the manufacturer had kept, and that sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay. (or so the story goes….) You have to respect a man with convictions, though. I can guarantee that there will be no more Hobbes making in this house. This was definitely a one-time endeavour.
Do you have a favourite comic strip character? I’d love to hear about it! Although I do enjoy Calvin and Hobbes, we are Garfield fans through and through in this house.