Saturday, February 9, 2013

Year of the Snake: DIY

Are you born in the year of the snake?
(2013, 2001 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953,1941)
According to Chinese myth, the animal ruling the year in which a person is born influences his or her behavior and traits.
Strengths: A deep thinker, wise and charming. Romantic, strong, intuitive, intense, passionate, and financially fortunate.
Weaknesses: Vain, selfish, a bit stingy and fickle.

My daughter has been asking me to make her a snake ever since she saw a snake plush that Zi's mom made for Quad E. So with that and Asianmommy's post on Build-A-Bear Year of the Snake plush, I got inspired and went to Joann's Fabric. I even got an extra 50% off the clearance price. I love deals like that, it was meant to be!

To start celebrating the new year here's my Year of the Snake plush. Meet "Mommy snake" as H&N call her. She is 42 inches long. And "Little snake" is 11 inches long.  It's very simple to make, the hardest part was flipping it inside out because of the fabric I used. For the tongue I used felt and beads for the eyes. If you have little ones use felt or stitch embroidery floss for the eyes.

STEP 1: Draw snake outline onto the backside of fabric. Place tongue in between fabric like this. Make sure the pattern sides are back to back.
STEP 2: Sew snake, but remember to leave a 2 inch opening in the end so you can reverse the fabric. Trim off extra fabric.
STEP 3: Flip fabric inside out and stuff will poly-fil. Sew the opening closed. Finish off by adding the eyes.
You're new year snake is born!
I was born the year of the rabbit. What animal year were you born in?

Health, happiness, prosperity and peace to you in the new year!


  1. i love these! so freakin' adorable!

    1. Thanks so much I can make one for you :) It's because of the animal print fabric isn't it? hehe

  2. I hate snakes, but these are cute!

    1. Haha Thanks Mandi!
      I'm ok with snakes... it's mice I hate or anything rodent like for that matter :P

  3. Very cute choice of fabric! So did you use a chopstick to help turn it inside out?

  4. Thanks Lisa! Actually used the chopstick to stuff it :)