Being in quarantine means very different things for different people. For some, this period of physical isolation provides a time for self-discovery and relaxation. For others, it presents an opportunity to be productive and try out something new. For me, this quarantine represents a chance to accomplish something that I’ve always wanted to do — attempt to master the art of Pinterest crafts.
We’ve seen the memes on Facebook and Instagram — poor souls who overestimate their ability to complete a seemingly simple craft, and fail miserably. I am sick and tired of this trope. It is time for the general public to take back this platform and finally complete a craft to perfection. As such, I have taken it upon myself to attempt a wholesome and simple DIY Pinterest craft so that you do not have to.
After scrolling for quite some time, I eventually landed on my craft of choice, which happened to be a DIY plush frog. After looking through an embarrassing number of crafting websites, I finally found a suitable set of instructions and set to work.
The first step that I took was finding a frog template online, and creating a small border around the frog (this will help with sewing it later) before tracing it onto an old t-shirt. I did this two times for both halves of the frog.
I then flipped the fabric inside out and got to sewing, leaving a small space for turning the frog right side out when I was done. At this point, I also added some eyes just for funsies. This was definitely the hardest part, and my back hurt for hours afterward from hunching over while I was sewing.
I would usually try and fill the frog with lentils or beans, as the instructions suggested, but I figured that saving those during quarantine was probably a smart idea, so I decided to fill the frog with stuffing and sew up the rest of the fabric.
And there you have it, a DIY frog. Honestly, this project was absolutely backbreaking and literally took up my entire day. I think the frog turned out pretty creepy, however, I am still quite proud of my work and consider this a win for the general public. Would I do this again? Maybe. My sewing skills are pretty amateur, and I poked myself a lot with the sewing needle, but it felt really good to create something that I will be able to keep for a long time. So take that, Pinterest — us common folk can complete one of your impossible crafts, even if it takes all day and involves multiple meltdowns.
The website I used for reference can be found here.