(Goblin is 23 months old)I have been feeling crafty again recently. A while ago I stumbled on a very cute button turkey on one of my favourite blogs Counting Coconuts. I was going to make one for Goblin but turkeys don't really resonate with me. I think turkeys are much more common place for Americans because of Thanks giving.
The other day I bought some felt squares from the felt fairy. When they arrived the lovely colours inspired me - instead of a turkey I made a peacock.
All the felt squares I used are 4 inch squares with the exception of the big green circle.
I used the body shape minus the head to make the tail feathers. I cut out similar tail feathers in green for the backs. I sewed feather patterns onto the tail pieces using embroidery thread. I thought it would add some featheryness. I am not sure that I made the right choice in repeating this around the whole tail feather piece. It might have looked better if I'd just used regular thread and invisible stitches.
I decided on the colours by throwing different felt squares together until i came to combinations that were pleasing to the eye and looked vaguely peacock feathery.
The body of the peacock is stuffed with shredded cotton sheet.I sewed random buttons round the edges. They are slightly different sizes so Goblin may find some tail feather easier to attach than others.
Buttoning is quite a complex activity using both hands so I am not expecting Goblin to master it immediately but if he plays with the peacock as a toy for a while I can introduce the attachment of the tail feathers gradually.