Making felt mascots is probably the cheapest hobby I have ever had. Not to mention satisfying. It took me a couple of days to get Chichito right, ripping out stitches and re-doing whole sections. I finished three whole legs before I realized they were too small. I started on a new project, an Amineko, but got frustrated when I had to re-do the ears three times (I am new to this crochet business). I finally decided I needed to take a break and try something different.
This is when felt mascots came to mind.
I had purchased The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronzo at the book store a few days previous after an exhaustive internet search for Japanese craft books revealed that a few of the more popular volumes were available in English. I was immediately taken with Bad Guy/Warumono. He is after my own heart with that pointy little head of his. But I thought I should try something a bit more basic first. White Rabbit was on the menu, but my version turned out a little off. I need to remember to read the directions thoroughly before I condemn my results.... (Note: sew edges together with one strand from your embroidery thread, not all six).
My second attempt proved much more successful. Witness my skill in making Bird, a gift for a vacationing co-worker.
Anyway, I would definitely recommend the book to start you off in the world of felt-mascotry. It is simple, easy to understand, and painfully cute. Just remember to read all the directions!
More to come.