Recently we were going through our hats for cold weather.  I decided it was time to get rid of an old fleece hat that I’ve had for many years.  I was about to trash it, when all of a sudden a black sheep flashed into my head.  I had to try it.  My daughter has already taken it for a walk and given it dance lessons.

20 Responses
  1. Lori Henriques

    love it! especially the cute little tail. how did you get the legs to support the body? what did the pattern look like before you sewed it? you could call it a "chapeau sheep" for a lovely bit of alliteration. :)

  2. Joel Henriques

    Ha, yes we should name the sheep "Chapeau". Nice.

    As for the pattern, I just cut out two profiles of the sheep (including legs) and then made a kind of X piece that went underneath. I would have taken pictures but I really didn't think I would get it to work. I'll have to make another one sometime.

  3. Lynn

    So cute! And I love the re-purposing of old stuff that's going to be binned.

    You in all of your artful craftiness inspired me this year to craft up my own Hallowe'en costumes for my boys – I re-purposed and old wool sweater (full of holes) headed for the bin into a dog costume.

    Once again, thanks for the inspiration.

  4. michelle b @ every little thing

    wow, you are one cool dad.
    the sheep is awesome!
    Just found you today and can't wait to be inspired some more!

  5. Fiona

    I follow your blog from Santiago, Chile. I can't wait to try all your activities as soon as my baby grows up. Idea: 2011 colouring calendar for kids.
    Cheers and good luck!

  6. Apollo Theou

    I love this sheep! I love the photos of your daughter too. What a great way to recycle and be creative. Too often we throw things away out of laziness or boredom. I have started cutting up old jeans and making patches for new jeans with creative designs.

  7. Joel Henriques

    Thanks everybody! Yeah, it's very satisfying to make something out of things that would otherwise be tossed away! Also, if you mess up, it's not a big deal.

  8. Jinger

    Joel, you are one creative guy and such an inspiration to me in repurposing used items! Thanks so much for your blog and your amazing ideas.

  9. Lor

    You inspired me to make a hen with a old wool glove and two buttons. It looks a bit scary but my daughter (2) was happy to help me with the filling.

  10. kylebross

    Very cool, blog you have here Joel. I am glad I stumbled into it. Loving the sense of play inherent in your work.

  11. Hi Joel,
    I just found you today. You got so many cool things going on for my kids too. I have twins just like you, a boy and girl and they will be two years in November. I am Sculptor and I am stay at home dad. At this age what kid of craft can I do with them?