My obsession with buying stuffed animals from Goodwill then turning them inside out has continued. I started re-purposing stuffed animals when I moved to Washington and badly missed Rich and the cats who were still in Texas.
To soothe the angst of not being able to see them, I’d drive to the Bellevue on Friday evenings, purchasing a basket of stuffed animals (most of which were new or barely used), and spending all weekend, cutting, yanking out stuffing, re-stuffing and sewing. Because the animals are turned inside-out, their seams show along with the back-side of their eyes, which makes them look funky.
Some of the elements, like their feet, ears, tails, and clothing, I don’t turn inside-out and simply sew them back onto the animal. The effect is a little unnerving!
I must have made dozens of these inside-out animals in the past 18 months or so. Most, I gave away. Some like a small stuffed Hello Kitty, I had to keep!
I donated three to the Microsoft auction to raise money for charities. The first three pictures are the three I donated to the auction with Chicken Little raising the most money, $30!
Met and Target, below, I made for a woman who liked dogs. No doubt, someone bought Target at a Target store then realized a year or so latter that they didn’t need him. Met was probably given out by insurance representatives for MetLife. They were fun to make!