20 April 2013

April is NPM: How to be Horton

This is how you dress up as Horton from Horton Hears a Who for Dr Seuss Day at work.

Step 1: Make a pattern.  Cut two ears from gray felt.

Step 2:  Use the pattern to cut out batting then trim to make the inserts smaller than the felt.

Step 3:  Set up the sewing machine.

Step 4:  Straight-stitch approximately 1/4 inch from the edge of the felt with the batting sandwiched between (but don't stitch across the channels you made for the headband).

Step 5: Show one of the cats the partially finished ears.  He is unimpressed because you won't let him eat thread.

Step 6: Trim any excess batting then zig-zag stitch around the edges of the ears (again, not stitching across the headband channels).

Step 7: Cut apart a stretchy Goody sports headband, thread through the channels in the ears, and re-sew the ends of the headband together.

Step 8:  Try and get one of the cats to model the ears.  It doesn't work so well.

Step 9:  Take a picture of yourself at work.  With luck, one customer will get right off the bat you are Horton.  The others will stare at you then ask if you're a moose.

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