Bespoke Creations: Winnie the Pooh...and Tigger Too!
Disney's Winnie the Pooh
was one of my much-loved childhood movies. I've lost count of how many times I've watched Winnie the Pooh over and over and over again. And I could never decide which character I loved the best, I think I just really loved them all!
Previously, I got to try my hands at re-envisioning Eeyore
into a gadget case. This time around, a customer gave me the chance to create 2 Pooh-inspired iPad cases, one based on Winnie the Pooh and the other based on Tigger! This was one seriously fun bespoke request to tackle!
I started with Pooh bear first, being the easier of the two. I knew straight away what a Pooh bear iPad case would look like, the only serious challenge here was actually his red T-shirt. I primarily use 2mm or 2.5mm thick felt and my initial design was to use a red 2mm felt for his T-shirt. Then as I was putting the pieces together to see how it would all fit, I realised that his red T-shirt on his front, back and arms meant that my machine would have to sew through 12mm of fabric. I could already imagine tears and tantrums from my machine if I even attempted to bring 12mm of fabric near the needle! I really didn't want to give up on the red T-shirt dream because that's just so Pooh but I didn't know what to do. It bothered me for a few days, as most problems with the most obvious solutions tend to do. And yes, the solution was very much in-my-face. Or rather, on-my-shelf, right where my stash of thin felt sat. So I ended up using a thin lightweight felt for the T-shirt which worked well anyway to give it a more cloth-y look.
So here's my rendition of a Pooh-inspired iPad Case:
Next up was T-I -double Guh-Er Tigger! And this was a much, MUCH harder character to squeeze into an iPad-sized shape. Tigger is very long. iPads are...well not so long. And his head just could not be squared off, and there was no way I was going to be able to get his arms in like Pooh up there. Much shower-thinking was required for this!
In the end, I figured I'd put him on a dark brown background so he could still retain his Tiggery shape and the case could still be quite compact and iPad-shaped. But it felt really plain to just have his head and neck and looked really odd anyway to cut him off at the shoulders. I finally hit upon the idea that while I couldn't have arms, I could still have hands. Or paws most precisely. And it just seems so very Tigger-like to be holding his paws up and out.
As for Tigger's back, I went for a pretty stylised look to give him his stripes and a tail without actually having a tail:
His body stripes on the pocket are sunken in while the stripes on his tail stick out, I thought it would give him a bit more dimension to tell his body stripes apart from his tail.
I always love the chance to revisit my favourite childhood characters and this bespoke request was no exception! In fact, I think my obsession with the Winnie the Pooh movie was what helped me overcome my design challenge for Tigger because I kept thinking about his personality and mannerisms and I think my rendition of Tigger as an iPad Case really has a Tigger-y-ness about it.
Well hope you like these creations and as Tigger would put it: TTFN, ta ta for now!
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