For another gift I made a Hetalia mochi bean bag. Hetalia is a Japanese Anime, so you are not wrong in your confusion if you are someone that does not watch anime much or at all. For those who don't know: Hetalia is a show made of short segments where countries are given human forms and personalities, which are typically based off history and ridiculous stereotypes. It is a specific type of humor - lots of sarcasm, history metaphors, and jokes based on the crazy stereotypes people create. I don't recommend it if that type of humor is outside your comfort zone.
Now, I digress; the Hetalia characters have mochi (wiki it) forms. I made one character, France, from white flannel, plastic stuffing beads, thread, felt, stamp ink, and fabric paint pens.
The pattern is a circle for the bottom and 4 rounded triangle/half petal shapes. Google "mochi pattern" and you can find one if not multiple templates.
I used my sewing machine for the 4 triangles things and part of the sewing the circle to the connected 4 triangle things. I left an opening so I could flip the fabric right side out (since you sew things with the wrong sides facing out, so the seems and ugly stuff are later on the inside). I used the opening to poor in the beads too. After filling the mochi, I hand sewed the opening closed. After sewing the base was complete, I added details. I cut out a rose from red felt and sewed it to the bean bag. A mouth, eyes, and France's flag (on back) were added with fabric pens. Lastly, some cheek color was added using pink stamp ink.
I think it turned out cute. I would do his mouth a little better and not add fabric marker to the inked cheeks next time, but overall I was very pleased.
Kissy France face
Back of mochi.
Flag to indicate country - I didn't know if people would be able to tell
My second craft project for today.... Another Stencil!
This is actually the box I sent the gift in. I decorated the top with an image from the Ministry of Silly Walks.
I found the pattern through google [here]. The normal procedure followed: tracing, cutting, ironing, painting.
I don't recommend boxes for stenciling with freezer paper. The paper doesn't always want to come off. I figured it might be like that, but I didn't have anything else at the time.
The completed piece.
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