November/December 2012Ten pounds of stuffing and made by hand,
Open this up and meet giant STAN!!
My darling little sister is obsessed. I don't really know how or why it happened, but she is obsessed with her boyfriend's cat Stan. In her words, "Stan is the softest, greatest, sneakiest, cutest, best cat." In her boyfriend's words, "Stan is a fancy cat." The three of them make quite a trio, Sister Dear (aka Beaky), BF, and Stan. The funny thing is that BF is quite a manly man. One would not normally associate a personality like his with cats, but it's there. He loves cats. In fact, he rescues cats off the street. (Literally, he will see a stray and pull over for it) In fact, that's how he got Stan.
So, why a ten+ pound, four foot long, three foot tall Stan plush? BECAUSE CHRISTMAS.
It's Beaky's fault. She talks about Stan all the time. She sends me pictures of Stan. She forwards pictures to my other friends who haven't even met Stan. I haven't even met Stan.
While she was ranting about Stan one particular day, I came up with the goofball idea that she should make BF a Stan plushie for Christmas. This was all in jest at first. Then we started scheming.
Why not make a Stan Loaf like the Pony Loaf I made using *Voodoo-Tiki
's Pony Loaf Pattern
Why not make him out of the softest minky fleece we can buy?
Why not make him so cuddly and chubby?Why not make him giant?
That's when it all ended my friends. Giant Stan had to become a reality. I couldn't let it NOT happen. Beaky and I got right to work enlarging the pattern and making great plans. Then sewing. Sewing. Sewing. Then stuffing. More than ten pounds of fiberfill. Sew up the hole...and....
IT. WAS. FINISHED.
We were nervous that BF would dislike it. That he would think it weird. Or just....sad. Paranoia set in. Much to our joy, he loved it. He is obsessed with it. He uses it to lean on while he plays video games. And I believe Beaky told me that he wants to build a special Giant Stan shelf in his room.
Epic gifting. WOOT.We used a slightly modified, greatly enlarged version of *Voodoo-Tiki's Pony Loaf Pattern