August is turning out to be a pretty busy month. A lot of people I know are celebrating birthdays, which is well and good but I’m a little ashamed to say I miss out on most of them.
Anyway, an impromptu meet-up at the house of friends turned into a belated celebration for another friend. I dropped by Gem and Marc’s place to have Marc look at Aiieee!, my long dormant laptop (which he managed to turn on. Yes, he has a way with the laptop ladies). Dell, who celebrated his birthday during the second week of the month, dropped by as well.
Having no ready gifts, I was glad to have been fooling around with my own version of a brain slug stuffie. Brain slugs are from the Futurama universe, and Dell is a huge Futurama fan (my friends and I all are). So, I gave Dell my first prototype of the brain slug stuffie as a gift:
It’s made from felt using a simple pattern for a half-sphere (a circle with six equidistant darts). I drew a splatter shape and traced and cut this onto felt to make the base.
I actually didn’t search the internet for pics of the brain slug and worked from memory. The stuffie didn’t turn out accurate — it needs to be longer and a little more oval, and the eyes need to be rounder. So I will have to revisit this project to make one that’s more accurate.
Here’s Dell modeling the Brain Slug:
As you can see, the base is too stiff and lays straight out instead of “hugging” the head. Still trying to figure this one out — maybe sew a dart in the middle of the base? Also I should’ve attached a clip or some elastic to make the slug stay on the wearer’s head.
Maybe I can make another brain slug right before Halloween – it would make a really easy Halloween costume.