Monday, November 15, 2010

"I want you to make me a stuffed guitar!"

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!)


  1. how could he not like's amazing!!!

  2. that is so cool. you have gained so many sewing skills through all your past projects that this one just fell together with ease. Love the buffalo front. Oh, by the way. Dont get TOO much like Martha Stewart. We don't want to be getting blog posts from jail. LOL

  3. This looks fantastic. Iove hhe choice of the buffalo fabric. Strings or not it looks fabulous

  4. Awesome Job Lynn. It doesnt need any strings. Its perfect as is. Maybe a strap so he can wear it around his necks like his Sis can wear her snake around her neck. :)

  5. OMG! Are you kidding me??? He's going to LOVE it!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  6. OMG! Are you kidding me??? He's going to LOVE it!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  7. Suki, you are too funny. I've no plans of hanging out in jail I promise!!! LOL

    Thanks all.

  8. This is absolutely adorable! I once made 12 electric guitars out of cardboard and metallic spray paint for a preschool class I taught. We formed a rock band for a school assembly called "Alphabet Soup." It was a hoot!

  9. That's a fun guitar!
    And I like the 'Stuffie'.

  10. I bet this will be your Grandson's favorite guitar for some time. Well done.

  11. I had no doubt that you would do a great job! This is really cute! Love the buffaloes. He'll love it....and you!

  12. all I can say is AWESOME. I looked back and saw the snake too. How wonderful for your grands to have you in their lives!


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