I've been thinking a LOT about the new Muppet Movie lately... When I'm going to go see it, who I'll be going with, and WHAT I'm going to wear. After assessing my options for attire, I decided to craft up a Kermit the Frog neck bunting (a sort of... collar/necklace) AND needle-felt some Muppet-y eye barrettes. Perfectly normal behavior and accessories for a woman in her thirties. Right?
The bunting collar came to me while admiring the felt selection at the Urban Craft Center. Their Kelly green wool felt was EXACTLY the color I was looking for. I measured out a quarter of a yard, folded it in half, and measured out 3-inch sections that I marked with a white crayon. Once the length of my felt was measured out, I took my clear plastic fabric ruler, and cut diagonal pieces from the top of one mark to the bottom of the next. Working on a gridded cutting mat helped keep my pieces from moving around while I cut them with my rolling blade.
I ended up with about 25 triangles (after cutting my folded diamond-shaped pieces in half) which was enough for five froggy collars. I took a length of cord (I also used green ribbon for the subsequent collars which worked well!) and then I pinned my triangles to the cord, making sure that any visible crayon marks would lie against my skin, and not be visible.
I stitched up the mini neck-buntings, and voilà! As soon as I tied my collar on, I was practically Kermit the Frog in the flesh! The mini bunting was so cute, soft and warm, but I needed something more to really close the deal on my Muppet-inspired accessories.
And that's when I needled felted two white eyeballs, with the trademark street sign-shaped pupils and hot glued them to two barrettes I had lying around.
Needless to say, my husband was at a loss for words when he walked in on me trying on my feted eyeballs, and wearing my bright green Kermit collar.
But despite my husbands judging looks, I present these ideas to you proudly and without shame. I grew up L-O-V-I-N-G the Muppets (as you might have guessed from my recent needle-felted Kermit, Beaker and Swedish Chef) and I'm so in awe of Jim Henson. After all these years, his passion and hard work are still inspiring people of all ages. If that isn't something to celebrate, I don't know what is!
Are you going to be seeing the new Muppet Movie? Let me know if you need a Kermit collar or eye barrettes to accompany you!