My daughter’s second birthday party was a source of sewing inspiration for me. The theme was “An Indoor Picnic in the Hundred Acre Wood.” In other words, a Winnie-the-Pooh-themed celebration. While I dressed my daughter as Christopher Robin (a forthcoming post) today’s post is about her loveable sidekick, Winnie the Pooh, or Winnie the “Paul,” as we lovingly joke.
The main part of Paul’s outfit was not handmade – it was a footed sleeper from L’oved Baby. The color is “Show n Tell Caramel.” It is the perfect color for Winnie the Pooh. I did a lot of internet searching to find a plain footed sleeper in a “Winnie the Pooh” color, and let me tell you, it’s not easy. I bought mine here. Also it runs on the snug side, so don’t be afraid to go up a size.
The little red sweater was upcycled from a larger red sweater of mine. I cut the sweater out just like regular fabric and zig-zagged the cut edges so it wouldn’t unravel. I made the sweater in a raglan style, which was my first time ever sewing a raglan style top. I found it to be incredibly easy and fast. This may be my new go-to technique! (What is a raglan sleeve?)
I utilized the existing button holes which helped save time. Then I found a variety of red buttons and sewed them on. I think it adds a fun, bumbly look, just right for Winnie-the-Pooh.
The final piece was a little hat with bear ears. Although I usually knit, I really felt this hat needed to be crocheted. I also knew that crocheting a hat is really fast – even better! I searched Ravelry for some free patterns, and I chose this one. I will say I modified it some – I used a smaller hook and only one strand of thread. I also had to modify the ear flaps some and I just did my own thing on the bear ears, but it turned out very bear-like, so I was pleased.
He’s ready to fly up to the honey tree!
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