One of the times being crafty comes in handy is for birthdays…
So when my husband told me of his friend’s little girl’s My Little Pony birthday, I shuffled through patterns for this one I had used ages ago, when Myla wanted an all-black and pink MLP for christmas…
Back then, I had found this wonderful MLP pattern by Dollphinwing on Etsy. She even has patterns for different manes, tails, and extras…
So I pulled out the pattern again, took a trip to the craft store to pick out fabrics, and started building a custom MLP for a very girly 3-year old.
Looking back, I probably should’ve gone with the minky fabric like the pattern suggested, as it tends to hide any stitches and flaws pretty well. Regular cotton fabric is MUCH less forgiving, but I think it turned out okay!
I purchase little hair clips to hold up the wings that they could remove later, and put in the little girl’s hair. I handpainted the eyes in acrylic, and let my daughter name it and choose a cutie mark I could paint on.
She chose “Cupcake,” and I painted a cupcake cutie mark on its bum–which is funny, considering the gift bag I had grabbed, and didn’t realize until later (and Myla had no idea) was purely coincidentally DECORATED IN CUPCAKES:
So there you go! It went over very well at the birthday party. Surrounded by tons of store-bought MLP toys and clothing, this custom handmade one brought a kid-hug and a big happy smile.
So head on over to Dollphinwing! She has no idea I’m sending you, but I like to share great things when I have a chance…she’s got a fox pattern there that I just purchased. Myla’s birthday is coming up and since our kid is a stuffed animal junkie, I will most likely use it to make a doll of the arctic fox character that Myla came up with. I’ll keep you posted!
Awesome! Two of my sons are MLP fans and would have loved to receive a custom pony as a birthday gift. I am sure your recipient will be thrilled.
Aw, so good to hear! I think a lot of the dads were hesitant to admit how many ponies they new and could identify, whereas my husband (who went through my daughter’s short-lived MLP phase) felt fairly comfy identifying as (or at least related to being) a “brony.” 🙂
All four of my sons have watched the MLP show but only two of them are really into it. My 10 year old once led all the boys in his class in a loud and rousing rendition of the theme music much to the dismay of the girls.
You are such an awesome mom!!