So once again I went to my stash of brown paper grocery bags and DH handed me this small sized guitar for the model for my pattern. I traced the two parts neck and body of the guitar onto the brown paper bag and cut them out.
Then I found this fat quarter in my stash of dark brown cotton and laid out the neck and also used it for the back of the base and the sides. I was very skeptical about whether or not I'd be able to do the sides.
My grandson likes buffaloes. Partly I think because when we traveled across country we'd bring him stuffed toy buffaloes. I found this fat quarter of beautiful buffalo printed cotton that I picked up in a quilt shop in either Wyoming or South Dakota. It would be for the front of the guitar base.
Then I sewed sides that went on perfectly. I remembered to snip slits where the fabric had to curve around a bend in the design (shape of the guitar) and it fit first time out. Needless to say I felt pretty darn proud. Once the back was sewn on I could stuff it full. I had to first top sewn the bottom of the neck and hole with gold/brown threads.
(please notice sides all sewn neatly) Then I went to work on making the neck. With my new found talent for doing sides I went ahead and tore strips of brown cotton confidently and again the sides went on without a hitch.
(God, I'm turning into Martha Stewart!) I had first top sewn the lines on the neck, and then once sewn together I was able to stuff it using a dowel to make the polyester fill fit clear down to the top of the neck. (up to the top, well down from my angle of stuffing entry)
It's a little floppy, so I added an empty cardboard toilet roll after stuffing it with polyester filler stuffing and placing it inside the bottom of the neck; then sewed flaps in place to attach neck to base. (I bet you have a hard time telling the two apart!)
Note neither guitar has any strings. I am not sure mine will. Wire won't work I tried it. Yarn will just get tangled up. I can either draw them on with marking pen or leave it ready to be strung just like the other one. ;-) I hope my grandson likes it. If you missed the stuffed snake you can see it on yesterday's post.
(now I know I can make almost anything!)