This is a fun funky snake made of sleeves from recycled wool sweaters. It can be whatever length you want, this one was about 5 ft. It was a xmas gift for a 2 1/2 year old, and he loves it--plays with it, sleeps with it, uses it as a pillow... It doesn't take that long to make, and some really basic sewing skills, for a cool, handmade looking result.
Step 1: Collect your raw materials
For this project you'll need multiple old sweaters. Preferably 100% wool, dry clean only (they'll felt the best). This is the sweater haul from a local thrift store one day*. For this project I used the one with the orange stripe, and the two in the middle (green with designs and dark purple with designs). You want the sleeve of the sweaters to be approximately the same size in diameter so they meet up well. Minus a few inches for seaming and cutting off the cuffs, the number of sweaters you use will determine the length of the snake. For this one, which is under 5 feet, i used 4 full sleeves and 2 partial sleeves.
Wash all the sweaters in hot water with a little soap, and dry in the dryer (since different sweaters shrink at different rates, check on them while still damp and if any are shrinking more significantly that the others, take out and stretch out, then air dry). They don't have to felt perfectly for this project, since you'll be stiching them up, but it will help if they felt nicely.
You'll also need:
Thread or embroidery floss
Something to stitch with (your hands or I prefer a sewing machine)
2 Buttons for eyes
Tongue felt - Either use a piece of one of your sweaters (if they felt tightly) or felt square from the craft store. You'll just need a piece about 1" x 2-3"
Stuffing - recycled from old pillows or bought new. And a handful of cedar shaving will help prevent moth holes later.
(*the other sweaters have been used for other projects, see [http://http://dabbled.blogspot.com/search/label/recycled%20sweaters dabbled.blogspot.com])