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Dads Can Sew!

Johnny holds his Tow Mator stuffie made for him by his dad

Challenged by the kids’ assertion that “Daddy doesn’t know how to sew”, Mike made this Tow Mater (of Cars fame) stuffie for Johnny – much to his son’s delight!

Handmade Tow Mator Stuffie

Some artistic license was taken, but he’s definitely recognizable! Johnny has only seen Cars once, and he has never seen Cars 2, but he knew exactly what Mater looked like. He and Mike debated over some of the details, and every time we went back to Google Images to confirm, Johnny was right.

This was a one-day project. Mike said he felt like he was morphing into me, as we both sat on the couch working on craft projects Sunday evening, after the kids were in bed. =)

Posing with the Tow Mator stuffie

The weather was stunning yesterday, perfect for a photo shoot. The end of November is making up for our October snow storm! The girls were eager to get in on the photoshoot – and always-generous Johnny was happy to share the stage.

Emma poses for the camera

I was pleased to catch Emma’s mischievous side on film!

Always-charming Lily

Lily was adorable, as ever. This girl knows how to charm!

photo shoot turned football scrimmage

I don’t know if it’s because this handmade stuffed toy is a tow truck, or because it was made by Mike instead of me, but Johnny interacts with it in a much “tougher” way than his other toys. The photo shoot started looking more and more like a football match!

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

17 thoughts on “Dads Can Sew!”

  1. Grumpy Grateful Mom

    I’m so impressed! Hopefully, your neighbors don’t find out, or your husband may start getting bombarded with requests for more creations. And you kids–just adorable! I love the mischievous smile. :)

  2. That’s terrific. My brother used to make cross stitch ornaments with me when we were kids, but my husband would not know what to do with a needle. Not because he would be worried about his masculinity, but because he really has no idea about any thing remotely crafty. But he knows a lot about comic books. LOL.

  3. This is so cool that Mike made this stuffy for Johnny. Hopefully he grows up as creative and crafty as his parents. Great pictures, the last one really made me laugh.

  4. I just read something I loved: “Let’s face it: When you take away the gender bias, a sewing machine is just another power tool.” I think it is by Ellie Lief. I saw the quote on FaceBook, but when I looked for it I found it on the Costco magazine. Odd source, but I love the sentiment.

  5. Mike did a great job on Mater! When we made Roo’s Smurfette costumer for Halloween, my girls were stunned that a) I knew how to use a sewing machine and b) so did Hubby!

  6. Seriously????
    That’s amazing!
    I couldn’t do that…but that’s not saying much1 :)
    I love it!
    Your photo’s are awesome!
    Your kids are beautiful!

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