In the German parents magazine Die Eltern I ran into the MaPaPu, short from “Mamapapapuppentier”, a stuffed animal made by combining an old t-shirt from Mum and another one from Dad. Jennifer Arndt-Lind is the name of the creator, designer and manufacturer of the MaPaPus. She made the first MaPaPu when her first born was very young. She originally gave him her old t-shirt to take along when he went to his Dad, so that he could feel Mum close even when she wasn’t there. Then she had the idea of sewing a stuffed animal using an old piece of clothing from both parents giving her child an opportunity to smell the presence of both parents at all times. She has since standardised the look of the MaPaPus, and the face has been left neutral on purpose because this animal is there to comfort a child that is sometimes sad.
Without knowing more about this mother, my guess would be, that it can’t have been easy to sew her t-shirt together with a t-shirt from her ex, right after they split. I love the way she still was able to try to do the best to comfort her son. And now she has made it possible for others to get a MaPaPu too, she sews them all by hand so the price for one is not very modest: 190e (according to the magazine, I haven’t actually checked http://www.mapapu.de) .
Apart from loving the symbolism behind these stuffed animals, I thought it was a cool idea to reuse t-shirts make stuffed animals for kids. Too bad I realised that I really dislike sewing nowadays, when I tried to fulfill my ideas for upcycling tea towels.