It's Valentine's Day today, which means you're probably (hopefully?) done with all of your Valentine crafting needs. So I'm moving forward, to the past, with this circa 1967 idea.
The idea is a simple one, easy to reproduce yourself: Cut shapes out of felt, and sew buttons on and/or add slits for buttonholes. The only problem I see here is that you have to be comfortable with sewing on a seemingly unending number of buttons. And, you need to be mildly strategic about your button/buttonhole placement. So, two tricky areas.
Once you have everything made, you can swap limbs and heads and tails and everything, and create your own version of The Island of Dr. Moreau. There are many, many pages of patterns in the back of the magazine, so I only scanned a portion of them so you'll get the idea.
Simple shapes, simple idea, super cheap, potentially fun. I'll take it!
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.