I CAN EXPLAIN.
You know those times when you're sitting around, brainstorming craft ideas for Mother's day, and nothing's happening so you're exasperated and a little punchy and you start complaining to your hubby, who is NO help at all, and then you both try to outdo each other with increasingly ridiculous ideas?
That's how this happened.
So without further ado...
I give you...
Now, I realize Mother's Day is still a ways off (at least here in the U.S.), but I figure you need time to make a cool dozen each of these, because CLEARLY every mom - heck, every woman - you know will appreciate a plush uterine superhero. In fact, motherhood and/or lady bits aren't even required: superhero uteri for everybody!
Now, I'll be honest: I vetoed this idea for a solid 15 minutes because I couldn't think up a decent pun for the name. The best I could come up with was Super Ova - which I love - but technically ovum are eggs, so it doesn't quite work?
Then I realized the whole thing was too funny to NOT do, and here we are.
And THEN a reader named Ellie suggested "Wonder Womb" in the very first comment and I was like "YES HOW DID I MISS THAT??" and was equal parts delighted and ashamed. So thank you, Ellie. You've done the world and uteri everywhere a great service. :D
Also, at the risk of erring on the schmaltzy side, I have to say that after the initial giggles I started to see this as a kind of kickass statement piece. I mean, my uterus is definitely a jerk sometimes, but it's also part of who I am and does incredibly powerful things. So, yeah. Whether you see this as pure silliness or a tribute to someone great or a general feminist statement - or a little of all three - LET'S MAKE ONE.
First I'mma show you my initial sketch, 'cuz I think it's adorable:
The end result is pretty close, right?
You Will Need:
- Felt, 1 sheet of pink and 1 sheet of blue
- pink thread
- Star Sequins (I found these at JoAnn's for $1 per pack)
- Gold Liquid Lame Fabric (that's 1/8 of a yard, which they WILL cut for you, yay!)
- Black Fabric Paint (not shown)
- Tacky Glue (not shown)
- Fiber Fill (not shown)
Everything in that photo up there cost me a total of $6, so this is another cheap craft!
First, download & print this template:
Lookit me, making y'all a template and everything.
Cut out the main shape and trace it onto your felt:
If you're lazy like me, fold the felt in half, pin, then cut both pieces at the same time.
Make sure you cut INSIDE the marker lines, since the edges will be visible.
Next start blanket-stitching around the edges:
Blanket-stitching is dead simple; here's a great explanation if you're not familiar with it.
For the "hands" stitch across at the "wrist" like this:
Then cut the end pieces into 3 "fingers" each:
That was "way" too many quotation marks. Sorry.
Leave the top of the uterus open for stuffing, so you can get the fiber fill all the way into the arms:
Then sew 'er up!
Now comes the fun part: decorating.
Trace & cut out the template pieces for the crown and W belt from the gold fabric, plus two additional strips for the gauntlets/bracelets.
To make the cape set your uterus on some blue felt (hands down the weirdest sentence I've ever typed), and sketch out a triangular shape to fit:
Then glue a bunch of sparkly sequin stars on it:
Use more tacky glue to attach all the gold pieces, stick a red or fuchsia star on the tiara, and now you're ready for the hard part:
Painting the face. 0.o
I did a bunch of practice pieces first, even cutting some felt into strips so I could see how each one would look on the plush:
I decided I wanted it a little more fierce, so I added the eyebrows and left off the rosy cheeks.
Even with practice my final one isn't perfect:
...but I still kinda like her.
After the face is dried (give a few hours to be safe) go ahead and glue on the cape:
And you're done!
Here she is watching over my desk:
I'm currently making another one in a darker pink with a different shade of blue for the cape - and I think I might make the face a little different next time, too.
So there you have it! WONDER WOMB. Or Super Ova, if you're not too technical. Or Shirley. Or Fred. Hey, I'm not here to judge OR name. ;)
I hope she made you smile.
As always, if you make your own, please share pics on the Epbot Facebook page so I can see!
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