I came across a crochet pattern for a nursery rug in the shape of a cartoon snail. Our granddaughter has a few pet common or garden snails wintering in their house. I decided to make a smaller version for her and having started it planned to make it into a soft toy.
When I came to put it all together a pipe cleaner just wasn't going to succeed for its 'horns'. So after a bit of thought I decided to use plastic canvas for the horns and the eyes which are at the ends of stalks. I cut suitable size small pieces and sewed them securely on the inside of the toy. Then I picked up stitched around the outside of the bases and crocheted around finishing the horns with polystyrene balls and the eyes with black buttons.
Our granddaughter was delighted with the finished snail. Worryingly, she kept picking it up by the horns but they stayed the course. She pressed the two button eyes together and said 'eye to eye'.
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