Friday, February 17, 2012

Pattern Review: Piggy Bed Warmer

I had the good fortune of checking out "More Softies Only a Mother Could Love" from the library a couple of weeks ago.  I was totally tickled with some of the little critters contained in the book!  So, like any self-respecting, budget busting wife, I had to buy it.  (Actually is wasn't that expensive, as books go, but that's my husbands take on my illicit book buying activities)

The pattern that really caught my eye was the Piggy Bed Warmer...(his face looks flat here 'cause he's sitting on all his "stuffing"...kinda like me)
 It took me about a day and a half to make two.
...although a much better seamstress could probably do this all in one day!

The only part I had trouble with was adding the hooves. 

 I think I may try sewing them down in the same way the snout and ears were next time.  I just couldn't get them to sit right on the "paws"...okay, I know that's not right, but what are they called when they are hoof-less?  PAWS!!  That's right.  

1.  Rethink the hooves/paws.
2.  I used 2 lbs of Organic Buckwheat Groats instead of whole wheat grain.  This seemed a softer option to me, after all they make pillows with buckwheat, right?  I test ran it in the microwave for 2 minutes and it heated up just fine.  It did seem to "sweat", however, which may have happened with the whole wheat grain anyway.  Maybe it just needs to be heated a few times to let the moisture release from the grain.
3.  Total cost, minus book:  1/2 yd. Silk Vanilla Chenille-$3.75 (on sale), 1/2 yd. corduroy-$2.25, 2 lbs. of  Organic Buckwheat Groats- $ 5.98.  All other materials were in my stash.  Total outlay:  $11.98.
(I will need to buy more buckwheat for the twin I made, so add that to total for two!)
4.  Make more!!
**Update:  My daughter stole one of my piggies and politely popped it in the microwave for 4 minutes.
My advice....don't do that....Now the poor lil' fella has a big brown belly button that was not part of the original schematics (and the house stank all day!!)  I put mine in for 2 minutes and they warm up fine.
**Final Note:  The book calls for wheat, I used buckwheat because I wanted something that was soft-ish, too.  I have used rice and dried field corn in the past, so I don't think it was the buckwheat that was the problem....just the time.  Either way, the product(s) will smell when heated for a while, then, with time settle down.

Fell in love with this little guy and am glad I opted to make two.  Otherwise the kiddo I had in mind for this would be...shall we say... none-the-wiser.
 The End....