It's been a while since I've worked this hard on a craft project. Thank goodness for motivating friends...and for friends who are having babies (and have cute taste).
The original pinspiration for the project were these cute little embroidery kits that you can buy and make from ETSY seller kiriki.
We decided to make something similar ourselves, and made them into pillows for the crib we were buying for the mom-to-be. We sketched out a few ideas, and then finally picked the ones we liked best. From there we made a pattern and did a test run on the size to make sure we liked it before we started cutting the good fabric.
Since we wanted them to all be the same size, I used the same pattern for all three. I made three sets of paper ears and taped them on when it was time for each animal.
The embroidery was where I got to have some fun. I haven't hand embroidered in a while...so I stopped by the library and got a couple of books to help inspire me and remind me of some techniques. This was also the most time consuming part...thankfully embroidery can go anywhere you go...so I was able to stitch at the library, the REC center, during swim lessons, during speech therapy, etc.
I think they came out great...in fact...we liked them so much we're planning a little something for our place!