I cant say what its for - other than its for school (in case any one here knows me!) I need to make a lion - 3d, small child sized. I don't mind if its sitting/standing or whatever as long as it is recognisible as a lion.
Any thoughts please? its keeping me awake worrying about it.
if it doesn't need to be especially portable, make the basic body shape of a lion in this kind of pose out of cardboard boxes then drape with aforesaid velour curtain, tucking in well round 'legs' made of loo rolls etc
Draw face on piece of card or (easier) stick a mask on the head. Add mane made of undone mop heads, and a tail
thanks all for your ideas! They are all brilliant. On my wander into town I had a bit of a brainwave (I hope) dd has a v. large cheetah that is far too spotty to use. It suddenly dawned on me that he was the perfect form now that I was thinking of fabric rather than (gulp) papier mache.
I couldnt get any velour curtains in the charity shops in town but woolies are selling fake fur throws in exactly the right colour for half price. I bought a double at £20, I can claim the money back as long as I keep costs down as far as I can. I think I can probably work out the pattern by draping and pining. Face I'll work in black wool
So its just the mane to work out. I like the idea of the mop heads but I think I need fluffier - would combed out orange wool do the trick do you think?
dingle that is utterly amazing!!!!! you are very very talented!
I made my pattern last night and have spent all morning til a couple of minutes ago pinning the pattern to the fabric and cutting it out. Its now all pinned together ready to be sewn. I thought my head was going to explode with concentration pinning all the pieces together - trying to imagine it inside out and left to right was a bit much for me atm! but it is all pinned now and looks like an inside out lion. Will sew later. (flipping real life getting in the way of fun) Am leaving top of head unstitched til I get supplies for mane.
not fair! dingle is clearly talented and I am not! I'll give it a go at posting a pic though
Sorted out the mane - I've loads of embroidery threads so I cut out a strip of fabric and pinned it to the edge of a large rectangle of card. I've then wrapped all my oranges, yellows and browns around the card. Next I stitched them to the fabric, cut all the threads (like you do in a pom pom) and ta-da a lions mane. looks better than I thought.
/surveys neglected bombsite of house, remembers its parents evening and we have to eat, theres washing on the line and the guinea pigs need cleaning out.