A good friend of ours turned one on Friday. We were kindly invited to the party. I remembered, the morning of, that I needed to make a gift. My mind has definitely been elsewhere. I ran a quick Google search for "easy stuffed animal patterns" and found a super cute whale on Etsy, where I could purchase the pattern for 7.50 Euros or something. I read something once that said something to the effect of people only look at Etsy for ideas to rip off. Who needs a pattern? Not me. We rummaged through the stash to find some colorful flannel, perfect for a little boy to cuddle. Then trial and error, sew and resew, stuff and unstuff and stuff again. Finally, we had a completed whale. Not perfect, but lovable.