This is the mascot of the free softie pattern from Etsy's How Tuesday. Now come on...let's be honest, this is one pert little donkey, a bit preppy (pink, polka dots, and gray? yeah = preppy), a svelte athlete perhaps, but definitely perky. Is that the smile of a smug over confident jock or just the good natured grin of a down to earth happy guy...well, you decide for yourself.
Personally I took one look at this guy and knew that wasn't happening. Uh unh, no way, not in the MRL household. My donkey was going to need a little something special to make it different from the other donkeys.
So...I aimed for shabby chic and came up with Damien.
Need I mention that following the instructions exactly isn't quite my thing?
I made a few key changes to make Damien a bit rough around the edges, literally. For the scruffy look I used osnaburg and left some exposed seams to create the fraying edges, for the eyes I layered them to achieve that shabby chic homemade look, and one of my favorite parts is the mane which I used the selvadge from the osnaburg to create. I shifted his eye placement and positioned his ears down reminiscent of a Disney Donkey we all know so well. These design choices combined with the osnaburg, Denyse Schmidt's Posie in Gray and Charcoal Kona fabric choices made one soulful brooding little donkey.
In case you were wondering, yes I leaned more towards the Grunge/Goth category in High School. Hey it was the 90s!
I'd say that overall the pattern was pretty easy and very forgiving. Once you cut out the template pieces you could really have creative license, it allowed me to play around and do my own thing. The hardest part, in my opinion, was getting those skinny little leg pieces done correctly! Otherwise it was smooth sailing.
SOFTIE PATTERN GIVEAWAY!!!
Generously Donated to Donktober 2012 by Jodie Carleton. Win this beautiful pattern right here!!!
Three Chances to Enter Giveaway
- The Blatantly Easy Entry: Softie, Plush, or Stuffed Animal - what do you call yours?
- The TUI [Total Useless Information] Entry: Tell me a Donkilicious Fact!
- The Entry Purely Meant for Ego Inflation Purposes Only: Follow me, Follow Erin, or Follow us Both and leave me a comment letting me know!
Giveaway will end Wednesday October 10, 2012
"Bye...have a Donktastic Day...if that's your thing anyway..."
-- Damien Donkey
- rebecca lynne