June 27, 2012

Napoleon Dynamite

It took me awhile to narrow down what I wanted to make for the "Sew Nerdy" show that opens this Friday at Bear and Bird Gallery in Lauderhill, FL. After a bunch of googling and sketching up different ideas, I decided that Napoleon and Pedro from the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" would be so much fun to make. Gotta love those moon boots!
This is one of my quick sketches:

Here's everyone's favorite Liger-drawing, tater-tot eating, and tetherball playing nerd, in plush form:

I created my own iron-on transfer for his t-shirt, since I couldn't find those iron-on letters in a small enough size- and they were way too small for me to cut out individually in felt. It was really fun figuring out how to make his moon boots look puffy. I sewed them to his jeans and then pre-stuffed them with polyfill and sewed the seam lines on each boot to keep the stuffing in place.

Napoleon's side-kick and Class President hopeful, Pedro:

I hadn't made a bolo tie before either- luckily I found some cording in the right thickness at my local fabric store. His bolo is made from layers of felt sewn together. His belt and cowboy boots are made from a faux-leather fabric.

Here they are together:

Napoleon: "I don't even have any good skills."

Pedro: "What do you mean?"

Napoleon: "You know, like... nunchuck skills, bow-hunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills."

Love this movie! If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend it- you have to like a certain amount of awkward quirky weirdness in your movies to enjoy it though.

If you are in the Lauderhill, FL area and are in the mood to indulge your inner nerd- head on over to Bear and Bird Gallery and see the show! There has been some amazing work created for it. You can see some images of work created for the show on their facebook page, just click here.


Hopelessly Devoted To PetVille said...

This is so creative. You are sew talented!

Leeanna Butcher said...

Thanks so much. :D