December 1, 2012

Goofy Santa

Filed Under Holiday 

Some years ago when I was working on a Christmas book, my DH Dana drew a sketch of Santa.

From the look of him he was dubbed Goofy Santa. G.S. didn’t fit in and never found a place to be. He was filed away.

A couple weeks ago, I told Dana, “We’re pulling out Goofy Santa!”

His face lit up.

“You’re going to pick all the fabrics and I’ll show you how to make the fusible-web templates,” I continued.

“Um…. oh… kay….”

I finished rendering his pencil sketch in Illustrator and printed it out. I turned him loose on my fabric stash and he started pulling out traditional Christmassy reds and greens.

I was working on something else, quietly enjoying the fact that Dana was having a good time in my world. I looked over and saw this.

Cue the Alfred Hitchcock music.

“What’s that?” I asked, pointing to the purple orange, and chartreuse anomaly.

“I thought that would be good for the hat,” he said.

“It doesn’t go,” I said.

“What doesn’t go?” he asked.

“That,” I repeated.

“It’s all just wavelengths,” he countered.

“It’s not gonna work,” I maintained.

“But… I really like it,” he wistfully replied.

Okay! It was at that juncture that I tossed all the traditional reds and greens aside and told him, “We’re making a non-traditional Santa!”

Then he was like a kid in a candy store, quickly assembling other fabrics to go with the purple and orange hat. Then I showed him each step of the fusible appliqué process, and he did everything except the sewing.

I give you… Dana’s Goofy Santa.

Happy holidays!
By Kay Mackenzie


13 Responses to “Goofy Santa”

  1. Teresa in Music City on December 1st, 2012 6:51 am

    I love his Goofy Santa!!! Perfect!!!

  2. Ellen Pearce on December 1st, 2012 9:32 am

    So cute! Thank you for sharing it. Like “A rose by any other name”-a Santa in any other color or fabric is still the same.

  3. Kim on December 1st, 2012 9:38 am

    Hey Kay – I see a co-designer in your future! Very cute and funky – would make a cute wall hanging or even at the side of Christmas placemats or on a tablerunner. Waiting to see what else Dana has been designing :)

  4. Ila on December 1st, 2012 10:16 am

    This is the best Santa. I thought we all made them like this lol

    A lesson I’ve taught my children from a young age is that looks should not matter to them, differences should be embraced.

    Each year we have made something at a Holiday that is different from all the rest, a red patchwork pumpkin in a field of traditional ones, a variegated penguin, a Blue Snowman, well you get the idea.

    You’ve got a great teaching tool there. Brilliant idea. We love it. Hope to see a whole series from Dana.

    Ila in Maine

  5. Martha Briese on December 1st, 2012 10:56 am

    Oh, I love this!!! He is adorable!!! I am going to work on a goofy santa mug rug!!! Thanks so much!!! And I will also print a few out for my grandson to color, he will love it. He is 3 1/2 years old now and loves Christmas!!

  6. gab on December 1st, 2012 11:54 am

    I love it! thanks for the free pdf.

  7. Donna on December 1st, 2012 1:33 pm

    Love this – quite the inspiration your Dana!

  8. Joan Trautwein on December 1st, 2012 2:16 pm

    I love him and thank your hubby for the funny image. I think he would be great on some place mats and or maybe a sweatshirt. Thanks.

  9. Sharon on December 1st, 2012 5:24 pm

    love it! couldn’t be better!

  10. Debbie St.Germain on December 1st, 2012 7:09 pm

    That is a fun design and love the fun fabrics you used.


  11. Dot on December 1st, 2012 8:46 pm

    He’s a wonderful Santa, Dana! Thanks for the PDF, too.

  12. Mary on December 2nd, 2012 3:41 pm

    Thanks for the pattern. I love Dana’s color choices. Have a Merry Christmas!

  13. CJ on December 3rd, 2012 4:52 am

    I love this post! It really cracked me up… my hubby also enjoys my hobby. It’s so much fun to watch them play!