It’s Baaaaack! May is turning out to be the geekiest month ever. Earlier this month I teamed up with the Sew Geeky duo of Max California and Sew Chibi and shared my bow tie fighter tank, and now I have something probably even more geeky than that for this “Creatures of Star Wars” themed episode…….
Wampa Play Mat!!!!
It’s super snuggly too. JUST like a Wampa. And yes, I made a bloody monster playmat for my 10 month old to play on. It’s just how we roll!
Violet, the three year old, has always been more attracted to the beastly creatures in Star Wars – The Wampa, Rancor, and Chewbacca are her favorites. Sometimes she sleeps with a big Rancor toy like it’s a stuffed animal when she’s feeling lonely. So a “creatures of Star Wars” theme worked out perfectly for us.
At first I was planning to make a little Wampa hoodie for Violet, but the weather here in Virginia took a sweaty turn for the worst and I just couldn’t do it.
Mr. Wampa – The inspiration
I had this half yard cut of the most incredible Pickering bamboo fleece from Finch Sewing Studio….I’m not even sure how to explain how this stuff feels. It’s like lamb fleece…..The other side feels like sweatshirt knit, and the fleece side is really fuzzy to start with. But once you wash it, it pills up (in a good way) to feel more like sherpa. I can’t stop touching it. For a sensory activity, I put together a little fabric swatch matching bag for the girls and included a few extra scraps of this stuff. Just for another excuse to touch it. Haha.
It’s backed in Kaufman Essex Yarn dyed linen in black. Also from Finch
Back to the Wampa.
If you’re not familiar with the Wampa, he’s a creature from Empire Strikes Back who lives on the ice planet Hoth. Basically a big toothy abominable snowman. Luke has a bad encounter with him in the beginning of the movie and winds up chopping the Wampa’s hand off with his light saber. That’s why ours has a stump on one side.
doll action figure is here to show you a reenactment…..
Technically I made this for Hawthorne, but everyone seems to love it. He’s fond of sitting on it and beating the Wampa’s bloody face with a loud battle scream.
Speaking of the face, I cut all the pieces out of the linen and a bit of muslin, all interfaced, and machine appliqueed them onto the fleece before sewing the backing on. It was pretty difficult to keep everything on straight though because the fleece kept warping as I was sewing, even though the applique pieces were interfaced. So it’s all slightly wobbly but I still love it. The bloody bits were all marked on with red fabric sharpie and then sewn over with red thread.
THIS BOY. He’s a real heart stopper. Don’t be fooled by his hair in this shot though. It’s the warm light coming from the window that made his hair look so red.
He looks like he’s about to find out how smelly that taun taun is on the inside
You know, as I was considering my options for what to make after I decided to skip hoodie sewing until Fall, I thought maybe a Wampa pillow with this fleece would be nice – and it would for sure – but making pillows really freaks me out! If you sew something for the kids, it needs to be removable so you can wash it. You have to figure out closures. And then there’s getting a pillow form for it, which seems really expensive if you do it at a craft store….or you can just use an old pillow for it but we don’t actually have any rogue throw pillows. And your cover has to be the right size, but not too big or it’ll be saggy. Not too tight either.
And then even if it’s kinda ugly, it’s supposed to be out on display all the time because it’s a pillow. Sitting there. Forever shaming your sub-par home dec sewing skills with its weirdness. Is that overly dramatic? Am I just being ridiculous?
I think Hawthorne is glad I’m afraid of pillows. This is being branded as a playmat but really it could be a great blanket too. It’s not padded with anything. Just a nice soft and warm surface to sit on, which is nice when all the floors are being transitioned to hardwood.
This is probably the point at which I’ve shared too many photos. But I’m not done yet. Sorry.
As I was trying to snap a few pictures of Hawthorne in the 15 seconds before I knew he’d come crawling towards me and off the Wampa, he darted away towards the whole family who had just arrived in the room. Seriously. Like ten seconds to take photos. Violet moved in with her trooper and started playing (SO CUTE). Clover dragged a chair over to the AT AT to do some organizing inside its body. In other news, I’m totally loving the kids room now that the hardwood is going in. The light in that room is really nice, and the wall color is pretty (Martha Stewart – enamelware)
There’s totally no Wampa in this shot, but you have to see it anyway because…..just because
And MY VERY FAVORITE PICTURE FROM THE WHOLE PHOTO SHOOT…omg. This three year old is in a hilarious and confusing stage of life. So much acting out and tantrums, and then bursts of creativity. She ran off and grabbed the pants that match Hawthorne’s and her trooper shirt so she could match the theme. She wanted to join in, which was great! But then she started acting like she’s a mean little thing (she’s not) with her “rotten” face, pretending to be planning to light saber Hawthorne’s head. Every time she makes that face, I can’t help but start laughing because she’s so obviously trying and failing to look BAD.
I’m not buying it, Violet.
She kept asking me to call her a mean girl the other day, which I wouldn’t, and it made her even more mad that I didn’t cooperate. Sorry, dude. You’re an affectionate and sweet girl who is also super wild and crazy.
Ok, that’s it guys. I’ve overshared and now I’m done. Hawthorne says bye bye and invites you to come witness his wombfire looks again another day.
FYI I’m kinda planning on posting a tutorial for this playmat soon! I took photos as I was making it because I knew the world was dying for a tutorial on a bloody faced mythological creature playmat. I know you are!