I hope you guys are well.
My daughters absolutely LOVE Super Mario and friends. They’re always looking at videos on YouTube and love seeing the cartoon on Netflix. Two weeks ago my oldest found a tutorial video on how to make your own Super Mario star using felt. Inspired by that video, my husband and I decided to make a couple of star buddies for our daughters.
Fortunately, I already had a foam star from my daughter’s birthday decorations, which became a perfect template. I traced four stars, front and back, on yellow felt with a disappearing ink pen (found in the sewing aisle at the craft store). I cut those out along with four little rectangles using black felt for the eyes. That was my job. The sewing part went to my husband who’s better at sewing. We used cotton balls for the stuffing since we didn’t have anything else. Once the stars were done and presented, the squeals that ensued were proof enough that they came out great.
Then my daughter declared that she was going to make Bullet Bill. She told me that she needed black, red, and purple felt. And tape! Those aren’t exactly the colors of Bullet Bill, but I indulged her anyway. With her scissors she got to work and asked me if I could cut out two big circles from the red felt and two smaller circles from the purple felt. These circles were going to be the eyes. She tried her very best and taped something up that was supposed to look like Bullet Bill, but wasn’t quite holding up since she used tape. My husband soon stepped in and improvised with what we had in hand (supplies were running low). Without a template, just a picture of Bullet Bill and their creativity, a felt buddy/villain was created.
But that wasn’t the end. Oh no, another request, and a trip to the craft store (cotton balls finished), was made several days later. Why stop now? Let’s make one more. Let’s make Goomba! Again, with the help of a picture of this little villain as well as a sketch template of the body, which my husband did, they got to work and had a lot of fun seeing this little guy come to life, especially with its new stuffing (we purchased a 12 oz. bag of Poly-Fil 100 percent Polyester Fiberfill).
Here are the newest additions (missing a star) to my daughter’s plush Super Mario and friends toys. They absolutely love these guys. As you can see my husband added some red and pink felt streamers to Bullet Bill (not part of the original picture, but creative).
I know more characters are going to be requested and we’re going to do our best in bringing them to plush life because it’s a lot of fun.
Take good care all.
Until next time…