2010 2010 = 40!

Today is my husband’s 40th birthday! Sidra and I had been thinking about a present for Papa, and he (sneakily) suggested that I should make a plush doll for Papa. Actually my husband likes plushies and other cute stuff, but he never bought one for himself because… , well, because he’s a grown man, I guess? So I think it’s time he has his own plush toy.

I let Sidra choose a plushie pattern from Funky Friends Factory, but this time I went directly to the website to buy the PDF pattern. Sidra chose this Platypus pattern for Papa, it’s a very cute and easy pattern, almost like sewing a pillow! The fabric is pink/reddish wool knit and scraps of black wool for its beak and feet. I enlarged the pattern by 200% to make a giant platypus.


My husband was working at home yesterday, so I went to the sewing room to make the platypus. Fortunately, he is so used to seeing me sewing something, so he didn’t ask what I was making. I showed the platypus to Sidra when he got back from school, and he couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear after he saw it. He kept asking me to see the platypus that I hid in the sewing room. Keeping a secret is such a hard thing to do for a seven years old!

Papa is the star

Zipped up plattie
Zipped up plattie

Sidra kept grinning every time he remembered the platypus and my husband started to wonder why. So I went to the sewing room again and made this mini platypus for Sidra. The pattern is free with membership. The platypus is not stuffed, it has a zippered belly so Sidra can put his coins in it. It also has a keyring on its tail so it can be attached to Sidra’s bag. I gave it to Sidra and he was very happy! At least he had reason to keep grinning now!

We gave the giant platypus to my husband this morning, along with a drawing from Sidra. You can see that there’s a platypus in the middle of the drawing. There’s also a monster, a fox, a tiny one-eyed monster, and along the edge is an adventure story of an octopus who becomes takoyaki (grilled octopus ball) at the end. I have no idea what it has to do with Papa’s birthday though.

Here’s the birthday boy with his brand new platypus!

Happy 40th birthday!

It’s his fourth birthday that we celebrated together, and my heart still flutters everytime I gaze into his eyes ‎(♥.♥)

Happy 40th birthday to Papa!
Happy 40th birthday to Papa!

I just found out that there is a free pattern for the platypus here. It just needs to be enlarged 🙂

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  • elin

    I can’t stop grinning when I read your blog! and my boyfriend looks strangely at me. love the story behind the drawing

    a happy smile from sweden!

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you for the sweetest smile! 🙂

  • I like it!!I like it!!I like it!! 😀
    What blog so intereting!!
    I like so much. Very creative.
    Kisses from Spain.

  • Hi Novita: Been reading your blog for a while and absolutely love it! Your family is adorable and I love the things that you make – you’re super talented. 🙂 Blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  • Marilyn

    I LOVE the title~~Happy birthday to your husband! That is so sweet you made one for Sidra too!! You are such a loving mother & wife ~~ so talented too! Glad I found your blog & Etsy! You are a big inspiration to me! ~Thank you! ~: )

  • Happy Birthday!!!
    You guys are such a sweet family 🙂

  • Ivanchika

    Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Byrdi

    No lie, I’ve done that exact same pattern multiple times. I made one for a school project because I found the pattern when scrolling randomly for research on a platypus. I enlarged it to 50 cm (large male/small female) so it was life size. It’s the perfect travel pillow.

    My boyfriend decided that HE wanted one so he has a purple one and I have a blue floral one…Penelope(Mine) and Patriclus(his). [Maybe I’ll post a photo sometimes…they’re cute!] When he went to band camp over summer, he kept Pat in the car and he got compliments from every guy he gave a ride to…that’s like 5 or 6 high school guys. Everyone loves my platypus.

    Random fact: There is no official English word for the Platypus.

    • verypurpleperson

      Wow I didn’t know there was a free version of the pattern! Thank you for sharing 🙂
      My son takes the platypus to sleep, and my husband would steal it and take it to sleep with him 😀

      • Byrdi

        Mhmmm 🙂
        Lol, my boyfriend and I switch platypuses sometimes.

        I’ve had so many people offer to buy one that it’s crazy. I’m not sure how to interpret the copyright and the website I got the pattern from is confusing…though, I did change a few things to make it better, in my opinion.

  • awwwww… so sweeet 🙂 happy birthday to papa platypus..
    i wish i have magic hands like yours so i can make beautiful things as well.. 🙂

  • Aya

    Haaahaaaaappy b’day papa….. 😀

    Platypusnya lucu skaleee 🙂 n Sidra drawing is awesome….!

    n How’s papa sewing learning by the way? 🙂

  • Kat in Hawaii

    Love it!!! Novita, you are the cutest!

    • verypurpleperson

      Awww thanks! *^_^*

  • Happy birthday to your husband, Novita!

    I love the Platypus you’ve made for him and Sidra’s drawing.

    I would love to see a drawing made by both of them!

    Cheers from Toronto

  • kiyut! 😉 reading sidra who can’t stop grinning makes me grin 😛

    • verypurpleperson

      He couldn’t stop grinning and kept whispering to me about the platypus! -_-

  • Happy birthday to your husband. Love the platypuses. Both of your boys look so cute together and very happy.

    • verypurpleperson

      Yes they’re very happy with the platypuses ^_^
      Thank you so much Trudy!

  • me

    so lovely, so nice… i love the platypus so much, esp Sidra version 😀

  • Lovely! Very cute platypus, and I’m enjoying Sidra’s little comic too 🙂

  • Oh, the platypus is so lovely! Happy birthday to your husband, looks like we have the same birthday. 🙂

    Anyway, I really like your blog, you truly are an inspiration, so keep blogging! 🙂

    • verypurpleperson

      Happy birthday to you too, Laura!
      Thank you for dropping by my blog 🙂

  • that is so great! I love Sidra’s drawing, too.

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Lisa! 🙂

  • Jo

    loving family!!! i envy you!!!
    4th birthday eh! somehow i had the feeling that you and your husband has been together for longer, just cos you 2 are so sweet hehe

    must hav been hard for sidra to keep the secret! hehe funny
    and i love the platypus plushies!!!

    • verypurpleperson

      We often talk about that too, sometimes it feels like we’ve known each other for a very long time. Then we realized that it has only been 4 years 🙂

  • There is so much love in this message, you brought tears to my eyes. I wish your chéri a beautiful birthday!

    • verypurpleperson

      Awww thank you!

  • Cute platypus! Happy birthday to your husband

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Carolyn! He was very happy with the platypus, Sidra is happier though 😀

  • very nice! happy birthday to your husband!

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Vesna 🙂

  • your hubby has the same birthday as me 🙂 hope he’s also having a great day. I do like your blog and sewing adventures, keep it up!

    • verypurpleperson

      Happy birthday to you too! Wish you a year full of happiness and gorgeous things! ^_^