Gator case shows your reptile style
DID YOU HEAR about the alligator found a few weeks ago in Fishtown?
The 18-inch reptile, who was given the name Allie-Gator, was found in a puddle and appeared to have come from a nearby sewer.
It's rare for a gator to turn up in Philly. These cold-blooded creatures prefer the warm, wet conditions of the southeastern U.S., where they can be found in lakes, ponds and other freshwater environments.
But another, more-famous gator is calling the Delaware Valley home this summer: Mighty Mike, the largest alligator in the U.S., can be seen at Adventure Aquarium in Camden through Sept. 2.
Make an alligator sewing kit to hold your pins, needles and other crafting gear with instructions found at spoonful.com/crafts/alligator-sewing-kit.
Supplies you will need
* Felt sheets in green, white and red
* Pinking shears
* Green embroidery thread
* Large-eye needle
* Green pom-poms
* 2 wiggle eyes
* 2 green beads or sequins
How to make it
Cut an oval (about 8 by 4 inches) from green felt. From white felt, cut the same shape, but slightly smaller. Then cut one from red felt that's a bit smaller still. Create jagged teeth around the edge of the white felt by trimming it with pinking shears.
Center the pieces on top of each other (green, white, then red).
Use the embroidery thread and needle to sew two or three large stitches through the center of the stack of felt to bind the three layers. Then tie the ends of the thread into a double knot (on the outside of the alligator) and trim off any excess.
For the alligator's eyes, glue wiggle eyes to the green pom-poms and attach near the fold atop the green felt. For a snout, glue or sew on the sequins or beads.
Fill with items to make quick sewing repairs, such as thread, needles, straight pins and safety pins.