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Picture of Susuwatari - Soft, Cute and Easy Toy!


I just want to apologize for the knowledge of the language, it is non-native for me, so I would be grateful if you specify errors)

Like all fake adults, my husband and me love to watch cartoons :) And a special place among them is occupied by the magnificent cartoons of the famous Japanese cartoonist Hayao Miyazaki. These bright and unusual cartoons immerse themselves in the incredible atmosphere of fairy magic and amazing Japan!

Our son is still too young to watch and understand them, but he loves toys very much. Therefore, once one night we decided to arrange a surprise for him and made the characters of the Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro cartoon characters - susuwatari.

Susuwatari (Japanese: ススワタリ, 煤渡り; "wandering soot"), is the name of a fictitious sprite that was devised by Hayao Miyazaki, where, they are identified as "black soots" in early subtitles, as "soot sprites" or "dust bunnies" and as "soot gremlins" in the Walt Disney Studios English dubbed version. In Russia they are called like a small ember or ember-baby (I hope this is the right meaning :) )

After all, they are so soft, comfortable, lovely. And still very light, you can hug or throw up, kids will be delighted!

Step 1: ​Materials and tools

Picture of ​Materials and tools

To create these cute black balls, a single skein of yarn, scissors, small eyes for toys and a glue gun are enough.

- Yarn: For coal we took black yarn 100 g - 280 m., 75% acrylic, 25% wool. One hank is enough for 10-12 embers (it all depends on the desired size and fluffiness) From the same yarn we took strings for tying coals. We just cut them off from the same yarn, but you need to consider that they have to be strong enough, you have to tie them very tightly, you need to not tear them. It is convenient to work with bright threads of contrasting colors, they will be clearly visible and will be easy to find inside the pompom. Only then it is necessary to cut the color part deeper, so as not to flicker.

- Scissors. It is better to take sharp scissors large enough, so it will be more convenient to work.

- Eyes for toys, we have about 5 mm., But the pompoms turn out quite fluffy, so it is better to take the eyes bigger, ours are slightly lost in the threads.

- Any glue gun, glue sticks can be black or transparent.

jessyratfink7 months ago
Lookit all the adorable little soot sprites! This is such a cute idea :D
КысьБ (author)  jessyratfink7 months ago
Thanks a lot))) Your words make me happier^^
At such moments I understand that the time spent here was spent with benefit, this is the most important thing!
tmross47 months ago
Please be aware small parts, such as the wiggly eyes, pose choking hazards to young children.
КысьБ (author)  tmross47 months ago
Thanks for the care, they are securely glued. And, of course, we do not leave the baby alone with such toys. Thanks again :)