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.