"Mom can make one."
Great. Sure I can. Although, between you and me, I knew that a coat wasn't going to cure that elf's stagnant behavior.
Either way, I got to work. The kids didn't know it at the time, but I was well versed in making odd sized doll clothing.
When my youngest daughter was four, she received a gift card to Toys 'R Us and bought a $25 Nala doll, from The Lion King collection. I told her that she was going to regret it, that maybe she should spend it on some playdoh or Barbies or a few board games, mix it up...that her love of The Lion King was going to fade and that doll would end up in the donation bin sooner rather than later.
|Nala today, clearly without clothes.|
That was eleven years ago. She still sleeps with her every single night. Nala has been to DisneyWorld, Hollywood and many, many places in between. In a few years, I believe she will be attending college.
Honestly, the older these kids get, the more comfortable I am getting with being wrong.
But I digress.
One Christmas, sometime around kindergarten, my daughter proclaimed that now that Nala was getting around, she needed clothes.
"They don't sell, Nala clothes, honey. I've checked." Believe me, I checked.
"That's ok, they don't have to. Santa can make anything."
Of course he can.
So Santa bought felt and tulle and glittered organza, trim, glue sticks, velcro and thread and made evening gowns, wraps, skirts and pajamas in sizes to fit Nala and her super big paws.
After that, a coat for our resident elf was a breeze.
|Isn't he a great model?|
This is seriously one of the easiest projects I have ever made. If you can thread a needle or heat up a glue gun, you're good to go.
I picked up two pieces of red felt at the drug store. It cost me fifty cents. I placed them one on top of the other on the table and laid Buddy out on top of them.
I used a marker to trace a coat shape on the felt, around his body.
|I am using white felt for illustrative purposes, but you can make the coat any color you'd like.|
I cut it out, going through both pieces of felt and notched the front piece a bit around the neck. Then, I sewed them together, by hand, using a quick stitch. You could just as easily glue the pieces together. I mean, wear and tear is not going to be a problem, if you know what I mean.
Once we presented Buddy with his coat, he was little better about visiting the North Pole, but his track record still wasn't great. My kids were never sleepers, they could stay up way later than Buddy (and momma) most nights and you know, the North Pole is kind of far away. If he didn't leave by say 10pm or so, there was no way he was getting there and back.
Or so I said.
You would think that kind of explanation would motivate people to fall asleep earlier, but it didn't.
Of course, now, everyone is nearly grown and sadly too old to believe in the magic of our little friend. He's been tucked away for several years. However, this weekend, during the great purge, we found him.
Suddenly, the magic was back. The kids begged us to hide him again this season.
"C'mon, it'll be fun. We'll hide him. Just imagine the funny places you'll find him each morning."
Oh boy. Teen humor. I can hardly wait.
Although, I'm pretty sure that the thrill is going to wear off rather quickly, that elf's not going be moving much.
Coat or no coat.
Is your elf cold?
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