I didn't think I would get anything done for the second challenge ... Upcycled ... but I did get a little idea and it came to life today :)
I pulled these out of my sewing room ... some old buttons, taken off other things; some funky yarn; a length of some faux suede and parts of an old uniform from the Army Guy.
I pulled a tutorial for a Stuffie off the internet - a Ninni Monster and modified it to fit my idea :)
After cutting the front and back, I appliqued pieces to them in the opposite fabrics. On the back I appliqued a tail:
On the front I appliqued a face - and quilted it as I was appliqueing the face down :) I added eyes and mouth at this time, too.
I sewed around the body, clipped my curves and turned the stuffie. I stuffed it with rice to make a weighted stuffie (NOT microwave safe, btw, with that metallic yarn!). The Boybarian likes to fidget with my rice-filled wrist rest, so I thought I would make a cat for him to fidget with (that way I won't lose my wrist rest!).
I pinned the opening closed:
Hand stitched that opening closed (that faux suede was NOT fun to stitch by hand):
And put it in the hands of the Boybarian (he was not overly impressed, btw):