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How to make patterns- Lesson 1 by pheleon How to make patterns- Lesson 1 by pheleon
Since many people haved asked for my patterns, I decided that it's best to make a tutorial on pattern-making.

This is the first lesson. Here is PART 2


Just to give you my two cents on patterns:
I share the same views as *BabyLondonStar

(please click on them to read what she has to say about it!)

In the end, I support creativity, and giving out a pattern for free may stifle it.
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:iconjoemadride:
JoeMadride Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014   General Artist
Oh my gosh , this is expert level . Thank you.
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:iconflyingfrogcreations:
FlyingFrogCreations Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
these are so helpful, thank you! :D

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:iconvenettabutcher:
VenettaButcher Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   General Artist
This is just what I was looking for! Thank you :3
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DreadHawk93 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
who is that last person in the pic with the white? and where she from?
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013

Do you mean the pic of the girl in the white dress (with her boobs spilling out)? If so, that's Excella Gionne from Resident Evil.

 

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:icondiamonddragonfrost:
DiamondDragonFrost Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thanks, this is really helpful. I wasn't sure how to make a pattern before :D
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:icondragoneye137:
dragoneye137 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
realy cool thank you , that you can make those plushies
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:icongunslingergal:
gunslingergal Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Thanks for making this!
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:icongaminggurl64:
GamingGurl64 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
instead of a circle head can it be like a half square like an L? And i'm gonna try this!
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:icontheshorthetaliafan:
TheShortHetaliaFan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
how would you make it so that the head doesn't turn out flat-ish? whenever i make plushes, they never turn out..spherical i guess.....? they end up flat, like some of the mochi plushies i made awhile back >.>
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I don't know how to explain it. I guess my only advice would be to try out my free pattern-- it has a head that's pretty spherical. You can re-work it from there. [link]
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:icontheshorthetaliafan:
TheShortHetaliaFan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
heh...it's ok, i figured it out :3 thanks, though
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:iconboredtrucker:
BoredTrucker Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
so if you can't draw anything other than squiggly lines....i'm basically stuck with making worm plushies lol
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
LOL. But did you see my drawings in the second lesson-- they're all just crappy crooked circles!! ^^; So if you need geometry tools to help, anything is possible~~~ :XD:
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:iconboredtrucker:
BoredTrucker Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
lol. they're still straighter than mine :P
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:icondeidara1fan:
Deidara1fan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A..aa Ulquiora release plushei!! D: ahh! so prettty
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:iconflemmliplush:
Flemmliplush Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Hey I have a quick question about this. Wouldn't the proportions change for certain shapes on a plush when they are sewn together? Let's say I calculated my proportions and I got that I should have the head of the plush at 4 inches. Later, I cut out the pattern out, which is at 4 inches, and then cut the fabric fabric, then I sew it together. Wouldn't the head turn out smaller than how I intended it to be? What would you do to fix that? Would you have to add on a few inches to the head pattern to get the sewn head at the correct height?
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Yup, that's where I use trial and error because it depends what fabric you're using (if it's stretchy, it'll come out bigger, for example).
I forgot to mention: I never include seam allowance, so you'll have to add that to your pattern. In case you're not familiar with the term, it's the border around the shape that you use to sew, so that it doesn't shrink it.
What I usually do is I have my pattern and I draw it onto my fabric~ but when I cut, I don't cut directly on the lines: I cut an extra .5cm border around the shape... and then when I sew, I sew directly on the lines I drew.

Also, if your pattern is rather flat (like 2 circles sewn together), the nature of plush which is a 3D object, would give it some depth... so if your circle had a diameter of 5inches but when you stuffed it, you got a depth of 2 inches, your circle would end up 3 inches instead. Does this make sense? It's kind of hard to explain. ^^;
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:iconflemmliplush:
Flemmliplush Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Oh. Ok. O: I was gonna ask about seam allowance too, so thank you for answering the question. :3

Hm...that last part is kinda hard to understand though...:Ua I think I have a general idea, but I'm not entirely sure.
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:iconenaicioh:
Enaicioh Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
This is quite helpful, particularly with proportions and conversion of those proportions. Thank you for teaching us these basics! :thanks:
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:iconstacychan:
Stacychan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011   General Artist
So much math....
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:iconkunoichi-anime-angel:
kunoichi-anime-angel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OOOHHHH!!!but the last picture of resident evil...uh..:blushes: how do you make the plushie breasts?:blushes:
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Pheleon's secret of the trade. :shh:
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:icondryftwood:
Dryftwood Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing work! I've looked at several of your pieces trying to get an idea of how to go about designing the endearing little guys. You've definitely inspired me! Hopefully you'll see some of my attempts around soon.

Keep up the good work!
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Glad to hear it was of help. :) Send me a link when you're done some projects. :thumbsup:
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:iconlittledemonplusher:
littledemonplusher Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you so much!:)
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pendragonvamp Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks... I was looking for a good plushie tutorial to help me when sewing my plushies for the characters in my various novels. I like how you show the basics than encourage creativity. You are a very talented person and your plushies are adorable. Thank you once again.
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Arrieva Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting this tutorial! I have a lot of trouble with dollmaking without a pattern, but with this, I think I might be able to finally start working towards making my own. :D
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:iconartoveli:
Artoveli Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, these are a couple of great tutorials! Thank you for putting them together. As someone who's just started making plushies and has had a bit of trouble figuring out how to make certain shapes work in pattern form, this will be very helpful!
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AlexXe666 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This really helps me understand how plushie's work. Could you please carry on and do the second plushie lesson if possible? Keep up with the great work.
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zurako Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Well, a wonderful tutorial, I've been thinking about making plushies myself, but after seeing this tutorial I want to even more~

But one question, on the last image of a plushie, she has rather large breasts, how would you make those?
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
I'll be giving tips on shapes/volume in my next lesson. I have a specific pic of a busty plushie, so it might help. ^^; I'm still working on putting the next lesson together, so it'll take some more time.
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:iconzurako:
zurako Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, alright then, thank you.
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AlexXe666 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
hey whens the second tutorial coming out?
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:iconmihijime:
mihijime Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i would love to see more lessons like this one! it has given me a whole new way of looking at how I make my patterns! Thanks!!
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athensis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Yes, please do continue! I was interested in making plushies, but so far the tutorials I found on the net are not very helpful, so any tutorials of your adorable dolls would be much appreciated <3
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2ndAvatar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very interesting and useful! I really want to start making plushies, but until now I had no idea where to start! Thank you so much for helping me achieve plushitude.

I love your plushies, by the way. If your commissions ever open again, I would so want one! :heart:
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Plushitude... I'll quote you on that one. :)
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2ndAvatar Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Please do, I am rather proud of that new word! =P
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TsukiPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Ah! This is really useful! My mom got me a few doll-making books, but they didn't really have I what I needed, so this is really really helpful!

: D
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:iconayrra:
ayrra Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
*will try this*
btw
whos the girl on the very end of the tutorial oAo
is that zafina? OwO
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
The girl is Excella from one of the Resident Evil games.
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:iconayrra:
ayrra Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
ohhh OTL
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Mondriana Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Excelent!!!!!!!!!!!!
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jefita Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
I have to say kudos for encouraging people to make their own patterns for plush. I think it's very important to get people to realize they can make their own patterns instead of just copying. I've really wanted to a "tutorial" like this too, but just haven't gotten to it yet.
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minacoal Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
OMB! Thank you~!
I've been wanting to find a tut on how to make plushies for forever & this is perfect! XD
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:iconhailtheheartbreakers:
These are just so sweet! But how do you do the perfect eyes? Are they painted on, or is it some kind of transfer iron on thing?
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Here's my tutorial on eyes: [link]
That should explain everything. :)
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:iconprismtwine:
prismtwine Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for putting this up! My sister and I get asked for our pattern quite a few times, if I ever get asked again. I'll give them this link! :evillaugh:

It's funny I never thought of using maths in pattern making, it's clever! I just drew my ideal plushie and did trial and error ! :XD: Shows how intelligence I am. :laughing:
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
lol, I actually do trial and error as well...and I don't always calculate things.. (but for the sake of a tutorial, it's more objective to use math!) ^^;
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