Thursday, August 13, 2009

Giraffe comb over

Have you ever seen a giraffe with a comb over? I hadn't either until I created one.

Meet Jimmy the Giraffe. Other contenders for his name were Jimmy "In Denial" the Giraffe, Jimmy "Receeding Hairline" Giraffe, or Jimmy "Cueball" the Giraffe.

Using a reproduction vintage pattern from Simplicity, I made Jimmy.

For his little eyes I used turquoise fabric I had leftover from the last project, cut into teensy circles and sewn on using a zigzag stitch. Then using embroidery floss, I sewed little eyelashes.

So here's where Jimmy gets interesting: I should have used fringe for his mane, but I didn't have any, so I decided to improvise using more embroidery floss. Yeah. That wasn't the best idea I've ever had. Look.

The floss doesn't hang well, and sticks to his back and each strand is kind of far apart. Poor Jimmy looks like he's balding. I like to tell him it gives him character.

This is his backside. I think it's cute.

More of his little backside.

Here's Jimmy posing with the pattern.

So here's the deal. Jimmy was supposed to be a consolation gift for one of the gals I visit teach who just had a baby (four months ago). I say consolation gift because I'm pretty much the world's worst visiting teacher, especially since my favorite companion ever moved. So I feel like I need to console her.

But Jimmy's kind of a mess. And I'm a horrible VT and I don't want to make things worse by gifting a deformed, follicly challenged stuffed giraffe. So Jimmy stays in my closet for unsuspecting young visitors to play with.

In all truthfulness, I'm in love with Jimmy, despite his challenges. Maybe I'll try making another little Jimmy as a consolation gift.


  1. Now Jimmy is probably one of the cutest stuffed animals I have ever seen! I usually give the majority of stuffed animals we get to D.I. but that's one I would keep forever and ever. He is very adorable and I cannot believe I was your favorite visiting teacher! I seriously almost cried when I saw the link to my blog. I just love and miss you and was thinking just about 24 hours ago that I probably wasn't all that good of a companion because I did all the talking and rarely let you get a word in edge wise. Too funny! xoxox

  2. I love Jimmy, he's so stinking cute, combover and all! Good job!!! :)

  3. What are you talking about, Jimmy is SO cute!!! Hair plugs and all, I never would have guessed that he was supposed to have more hair. And you're right, he's got a cute bum-bum.
    I'm going to have to get that pattern myself!

  4. Aw I think he's great. You have the talents!

  5. Super cute. Even with a thinning mane.

  6. He is adorable! Great job! I love his little hairs and adorable eyes. You did an amazing job.

  7. I'm pretty sure Maya would love a pal like Jimmy (the thinning hair line will remind her of daddy) - so when you are ready to start selling - let me know!

    Why can't I be amazing like YOU?


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