An old pair of tights
Black, white and yellow scraps of fabric
Wadding or cotton wool
Needle and thread
Waterproof black pen
A plastic cup or old jam jar
Don't worry too much if the grass has not grown in a week, its all weather dependant, and can take a little longer than you think. Hold in there and you will see some great results
Don’t forget the useful stitches section, this make will use running stitch and slip stitch to attach the features. If you feel you need a quick reminder, click on the stitch dictionary on the side of this page.
For the benefit of this make we have used a thick Contrasting colour, so you can see the stitches. We suggest you use a thread that matches the colour of your fabric.
There are many debates on how to start off your stitches, some like to back stitch a few times then start sewing, others create French knots, however I generally tie a slip knot, this is enough to anchor your thread to begin sewing.
1. Gather your scissors, sawdust, grass seed, tights and container together. Filling your head can be messy so we suggest finding an area that can be easily cleaned down if you do spill your equipment.
2. Cut your tights at the top of the thigh, and snip off the toes, so you are left with long tubes. Tie a knot in one end of the tube.
3. Place the knotted end down into your container wrapping the rest of your tights around the lip of the container. This will make filling with grass seed and sawdust easier.
4. Sprinkle a good helping of grass seed into the bottom of your tights, followed by over half the containers height with saw dust
5. Remove the tight from the container, twist the top of the tights around a few times making the ball of sawdust quite tight. Secure with a knot.
6. Wrap the tights back over the ball as in the picture above. Secure the end as in step 5
then cut away any excess material leaving just a small tail, which will help soak water up to keep your grass head moist giving your grass seed the greatest help to grow.
7. With your scrap white and black fabric cut three circles out. Two white, and a single black. These circles should be around 6.5cm in diameter.
8. Use running stitch around the edge of your circular piece of fabric.
9. Then place some wadding, or cotton wool into the centre of your circle.
10. Pull the thread tight so it draws the sides in upon themselves. Over stitch to secure the open end. Tie off your thread with a knot. Complete this step with your second white circle and your black circle.
11. Using slip stitch join your two white balls together, then join the black nose, in the centre of your two white circles. Complete the lions jowl by adding black dots where his whiskers would be.
12. Cut two cats eyes out of your yellow fabric, and with your waterproof black pen, draw dots to represent his pupils.
13. Using slip stitch again attach the lions face to your sawdust ball.
14. Give your head a good watering, leave in a nice sunny place, and now all you have to do is wait for his main to grow.
Don't worry too much if the grass has not grown in a week, its all weather dependant, and can take a little longer than you think. Hold in there and you will see some great results.
Having graduated in Costume design from Wimbledon school of art, London, in 2001.