Fortnite Loot Llama Plush
Are your kids into playing Fortnite? It’s a fun online game but it’s a bit violent, so for those of you who don’t really know what it is then parents be advised. The idea of the game is to battle your opponents on an open field using weapons ultimately eliminating your enemy. There are several game options... a solo mode, groups and large teams. Teams work together to eliminate the other team including using a building strategy hence the “fort” in Fortnite where you use materials to create a protective wall between your character and your opponent.
Anyway, that’s the gist of it, here is a little stuffed felt project inspired by a piñata llama that you can find in the game, when it’s opened gear falls out for you to collect such as weapons, ammo and healing items. Your kids will know what it is!
The game is a pretty good source of discussion, I could probably go on and on about how kids are obsessing over a game where you have to shoot other people to eliminate them or “kill” them. It’s a topic that feels very sour rolling off the tongue for such as we live in a very violent world especially here in the United States where school shootings are all too normal.
So how do we rationalize a game such as this? Do we use it as a tool to discuss the differences between pretend and reality and let the kids have a healthy dose of harmless video game playing? Or do we speak out against such games that promote violence? The game is given an ESRB rating of “T” for teen which is deemed suitable for kids 13 and over, so it’s up to you as a parent to decide what’s appropriate for your youngster.
The visuals of the game are very cartoon-y and colorful making it appeal very much to young people and something like the Loot Llama only helps to draw in a young crowd with its childish cuteness. So you can see how the developers are very smart in their strategy for captivating a wide audience including adults.
As a video game player myself I’ve always understood the difference between fantasy and reality. I think it’s ok to escape into a video game for a bit and “shoot the bad guys” but let’s teach the kids and make sure they aren’t conflating reality with video games. Healthy competition is a good thing and sometimes kids have to learn how to handle a loss... this is big with online play, taking a loss can be very difficult for kids, just look it up on YouTube and you’ll find some pretty angry kids haha!
I’d love to hear what you think about this topic so feel free to comment on this post below!
Pull kids away from the game once in a while and create a fun project like my stuffed felt Loot Llama, it’ll teach them a new skill (sewing/stitching) while still feeding their appetite for Fortnite! We have to learn to pick our battles too so why not take some of their current interests and turn them into fun, engaging art projects?
The llamas above were created by myself and my 11 year old niece! She did an amazing job, and it was completely made by her with minimal help from me!
I’ve collaborated with Trixi Symonds over at colouredbuttons.com on this project for “Sew a Softie” month. You can find some great sewing tutorials and tips from Trixi so be sure to visit Coloured Buttons for more info on how to sew. If you’d like to see my full tutorial and get the pattern for this loot llama then keep reading!
This guy is such a goof but his likeness has taken over the gaming world, you’ll only need a few things to get you flying into action!
1. First print out the Loot Llama pattern. Cut out the shapes.
2. I like to staple my pattern onto two pieces of felt but you can pin them on if you’d like. Cut out the felt so that you have two shapes that are exactly the same.
3. Remove the pattern. Now you’re ready to sew. Use your favorite stitch to stiitch around the edges, I used the blanket stitch.
4. Leave a nice size gap before you finish stitching to fill the llama with fiber filling. Then stitch it closed. I made sure my gap was at the belly.
5. Cut out 1 inch strips of felt, then using document shredding scissors cut fringe into the strips.
6. Hot glue the strips onto the llama starting at the bottom overlapping as you make your way up.
7. Cut out details like the saddle, eyes, mouth straps etc and glue them right on with hot glue.
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
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