I love seeing what comes out of my children’s drawings. It’s so interesting, because it’s like you get to peek into the workings of their minds. I wrote a post about storing children’s artwork, and I found another cool thing that I had to share with you: turning a drawing into a stuffed toy! It started with this adorable drawing by Miss 8 titled as Dancing Afro Pig. Ah, she makes me laugh: that girl.
I met Meredith from The Derby Monster on Twitter and she loved Disco Afro Pig as much as I did and offered to make it into a toy…and here it is! Don’t you just love that smiley face feature on the tummy? My daughter couldn’t believe it! It was such a fun surprise. The likeness is brilliant and it’s such a special, special way to feature and enjoy a gorgeous piece of artwork. Best find this year!
You can check out other drawing to toy conversations and how to order one yourself here: Bring A Drawing To Life (available internationally).
I had been making quilts for several years under the name Naptime Memories (sounds so peaceful!). A few people asked me to make t-shirt quilts for them, and I got into the idea of recycling old clothes of sentimental value into new things. Then a couple of years ago I saw a book about how to make dolls out of old sweaters, and I discovered I loved making dolls. So I put everything together and started making custom monster dolls out of customers’ college sweatshirts, kids’ outgrown dresses, and roller derby teammates’ old jerseys, and The Derby Monster was born.
I make sample dolls out of cast-off clothes I find in my travels, but I most love taking an item that is meaningful to a person and transforming it into something new: a rowing coach had me turn two of her old team sweatshirts into rowing-themed monsters; my friend’s old sofa cushions turned into a pair of dolls with Mr. Potato Head-like features her kids could rearrange with velcro; three siblings drew pictures of their fantasy monsters and I rendered them out of their own outgrown shirts.
The Derby Monster
Disclosure: Meredith made a complimentary item for me to feature on my website. As always, all views are my own. Find more details about my disclosure policy here.