Added May 11, 2011
Cape Town, South...
This little lady was a birthday present for an American friend of mine who has recently moved to Cape Town after 5 or so years teaching English in Japan.
The hugger is essentially a Geisha-doll pillowcase over a rectangular fabric ‘beanbag’ filled with white rice and a few teaspoons of loose blackcurrant herbal tea. The whole thing can be put in the microwave and heated for a few minutes, after which it stays hot and cuddly for hours, while the blackcurrent tea gives off a nice sweet scent.
I worked the pieces out myself from a quick sketch which I cut into the various parts like a puzzle. I then cut each piece from the corresponding fabric, adding seam allowances as I went, and sewed them together like a quilt.
Geisha pillowcase: Sateen hair, satin face, and mystery striped fabric from my fabric stash for the Kimono. The eyes and mouth were embroidered by hand.
Beanbag: Black sateen, filled with white rice and blackcurrent tea.