For years, we had this panel Santa stuffed pillow thing we put out at Christmas. Santa is a bit spotted, faded, frayed and forgotten. He comes out of storage every year, sits propped in a corner somewhere and not thought of again till time to pack Christmas back up. He was never even given a box. Just kind of tossed in the attic with no regard.
Along comes me this year, the one who is packing and purging. I picked Santa up from the corner, I looked. I looked. My sentimental side was starting to speak. I sat down in a chair with Santa and we talked. I asked him if he wanted to stay. He said he'd like to. He remembers a lot of Christmases. He sat in a corner and watched then all. I asked if he would mind being transformed so he wouldn't have to sit in a forgotten corner but could actually maybe be a part of things. He said he would like that.
Just then PH came in for more boxes and he saw me sitting with Santa. I was purging broken, never used anymore ornaments and just stuff. He knows the look on my face. "Can Santa please stay?" I said yes. Santa and I had a talk. He can stay but he's going on a diet.
I used the seam ripper. I took the stuffing and tossed it. Then I appliqued him to a green pinstripe fabric, matching exactly the front and the back.
It's a good project to work on while my under finger heals from time to time.