My favorite - or close to it!
At Sir Winslow Zoo, we love custom orders! I love taking your ideas and making unique gifts for you and your loved ones! One of the first animals custom orders was a purple monkey! My customer was purchasing it for her 8 year old daughter who LOVED the color purple and monkeys. I played around with some fabric combinations until we found the perfect one. It’s really easy to communicate with Facebook or email to make this happen.
Think of the possibilities!
Another way to make a custom animal is a memory animal. We will take your loved ones clothing and turn it into an animal of your choice. I have worked with flannel shirts, sweaters, t-shirts and jeans. Then to top it off a poem is embroidered on the back of the pillow. You can choose to create your own saying or we have a special poem that is very fitting.
These penguins where made using sweater sets from customer's grandmother. What a happy penguin family!
One more way customize your animal is to add a name or other item. I hand cut each of the letters so it is truly unique! I have also added kites, cupcakes, balloons, pockets, little hats and zippers. I did a sailor bear for a Navy mom as a Christmas gift.
My daughter was telling me jokes as I was writing this post and I lost all train of thought so I have nothing to say about this bear. Thank goodness it is cute!
Bethany recently started making quilts with the animals on them. The first of the quilts came about with an extra animal front and Beth wanting to finish up some quilts she had started but never finished. Her first custom order for a quilt was from a craft show. Both the animal and the colors were chosen by the customer. It was made for a boy with autism whose favorite animal was a dinosaur. We also added the name to make it just a bit more special for him.
Any of the animals can be used for the quilts.
Overall I think that custom orders are my favorite. It challenges me to create new animals. (wolves, squirrels) It gives me new ways to think about fabric since I don’t know what I will be given to work with. And finally I love that each of my animal pillows are special and individually made.
I need one shirt per animal, but there is usually enough left over for a baby or 2.