Burke has been infatuated with reptiles since he was little, and he has a special place in his heart for snakes- stuffed snakes, snake exhibits at the zoo, plastic snakes, snakes in our yard (thankfully there aren’t many of those, and the ones we have aren’t poisonous!).
He always points out these cute stuffed snakes at Land of Nod and Ferm as a Christmas gift idea. Since I missed the window for almost all Christmas gift ordering this year (things just take SO long to get to Saipan), I spent a decent chunk of December making presents for Burke and Pi- including a batch of extra fabulous stuffed snakes.
To make one, you’ll need-
-one 6” x 36” rectangle of fabric
-two ‘snake head’ pieces of fabric (3” wide base)
-two tapered ‘rattle’ pieces of fabric
-leather scraps to make eyes and forked tongue
Cut out all pieces. Sew the ‘head’ pieces to the top end of the long rectangle piece, placing the bases so that they meet up. Similarly, sew the ‘tail’ pieces to the other narrow edge of the long rectangle. Pin the leather ‘tongue’ in place, sandwiched between the two head pieces.
Sew up the tube of fabric, leaving a 6” gap in the middle of the snake ‘body’ and following the edge of both the snake ‘head’ and snake ‘tail’ with the sewing machine. Make sure to catch the leather tongue in the line of stitching to secure in place. Turn inside out and stuff with batting. Sew the opening shut. Using fabric adhesive, glue the leather eyes to the snake face and let dry.
Done! One perfectly fabulous stuffed snake for your favorite reptile afficianado.