I am a pretty big Star Wars fan, so much so that both my car and desk are decorated in Star Wars. So when I saw some of the cute tissue box covers at some of the more eclectic stores here on Okinawa that took stuffed animals and make them into covers I decided that would be my next craft project. I originally wanted a cover for my car which I have dubbed the Millenium Spike, but my love of Yoda had me gravitating toward making one for my Yoda themed desk at work.
I started first by purchasing a stuffed Yoda. I opted for the new Pillow Pet version you can find here on Amazon, because the dimensions seems appropriate for a square tissue box. That and the price wasn’t one that would break the bank if this didn’t succeed.
This is what he looked like before I started. The first thing I did was find the tools I would need. A seam ripper, scissors, gallon size food storage bag (for the stuffing I was going to remove), and need and thread.
This allowed me to remove the center stuffing and gain access to the arms, legs, and head.
Next I freehand stitched close the legs and arms. This keeps them looking good, but prevents stuffing from falling out as you replace tissue boxes.
Before I stitched close the head portion, I removed the seam that went along the back of the neck just above the collar before the start of his jumpsuits. I planned to use this as my tissue opening. I figured the white fluff of his hair would hide the white tissues coming out.
Next to help the tissue box fit a little better I removed some of the seam going along his side and sticthed an elastic band. I now the view is not that pretty, but since he came with a removable cape I planned to use the cape to mask some of the less refined portions.
Have you repurposed a stuffed animal into something else? If so leave me a comment and tell me about it.
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