This afternoon I started a course called “Story Bags” run by Surestart.
“Story bags” enrich a child’s experience of a book by featuring elements of the story in them eg a Gruffalo story may have a cuddly Gruffalo or mouse.
The course kicked off with, instead of basing our creativity around an existing book, creating a character to be the hero in our own story! We had two hours to do all this (the tutor thought we could manage it in less than an hour!). High expectations…
To make this character we started off with a sock, a needle and thread, some stuffing and a couple of buttons.
Having two small children who fight given any opportunity (and because I love a challenge!), I decided to be brave and make two! Twins! So took a pair of socks and double the work.
1. First take your sock and turn it inside out.
2. Cut off the toes. Put the “toes” to one side as these will be the monster’s arms.
The heel of the sock will be the monster’s nose!
3. Cut a “V” shape at the end (where the toes were). This will be the monster’s ears so could be pointed, round, thick or thin.
4. Stitch around the edge of the “ears” and turn the sock the right way around.
5. Take a handful of stuffing and push this into the ears. Keep filling up the monster until it is nice and fat, particuarly the nose!
6. When you are happy with the filling stitch a row of running stitch underneath the nose area to make the “neck” but pulling this tight and fastening off.
7. Cut a “V” to make the legs. Turn inside out and stitch around the feet and up the legs. Leave the crotch open to put the stuffing in then stitch this up.
8. Take the “toes”, turn inside out and stitch up the sides. Stuff and sew onto the body as arms.
9. Sew a couple of buttons on to the “face”.
10. Next week we are adding extra bits like hair and other “monster” accessories.