my friend’s daughter has bell peppers as pets. real bell peppers. they buy her a new one every week, and then eat the previous “pet.” to prove it she sent me a picture. how adorable is that? bell pepper, tutu and all.
so her story has inspired my latest sewing project. instead of a stuffed animal i want to make her a stuffed bell pepper as a belated birthday present! my search for stuffed bell pepper patterns came up empty (no bell peppers, but you can buy a pattern for an aardvark). but i did find these kinds of stuffed bell peppers though (i like to put in chopped onions instead of onion powder–the recipe is definitely worth a try, and not as complicated as one may imagine it to be).
i’ve never sewn a stuffed anything before. my sewing resume consists mainly of hot pads, owl coin purses, curtains, one pillow case, and occasional hemming. now that i want to make a stuffed bell pepper there’s no help to be found on the world wide web. i did come across a load of patterns for pin cushion apples, pumpkins, strawberries, pears, chickens, hedge hogs…! i want to make them all! but first i have to make that bell pepper.
well actually, i needed a practice run. yesterday i tried making a stuffed pear. i obtained my free pear (and partridge) pattern from connecting threads. the pear turned out to be very easy to make. i think i finished it in about an hour, if you don’t count the time that i had to go to jo-ann to buy polyfill.
but today, i realized i needed another practice run because a bell pepper has more facets than a pear, and has that scrunched look. so i needed to find out how to do all that. it turns out a stuffed apple had all the new components i needed to learn. i used the apple template from u.k. lass in u.s. the instructions on the site called for 6 panels, but then after stuffing my apple it looked more like a pumpkin…hmmm, maybe my seam allowance was off. i removed one panel and re-stuffed the apple only to discover that my apple looked better turned upside down (with the narrower end as the bottom). then i found the idea for the leaves from the wool food mama. so the apple took a tad longer to finish. lucky for me miss e decided to take a 3 hour nap today.
hopefully the stuffed pepper will make its appearance tomorrow.