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How to make patterns- Lesson 2 by pheleon How to make patterns- Lesson 2 by pheleon
Originally, I was going to have 3 parts to the tutorial, but I condensed this one so this is the final lesson. :)

I hope this helps! It's really just the starting point of making a plush pattern. Personally, I can just sorta see the shapes floating in my head and unfolding into 2D planes, but explaining that is impossible. In the end, I thought that the most basic way to break down a 3D object is with simple shapes like rectangles, circles and triangles.

If you need clarifications on the contents of this lesson, feel free to comment. However, please don't ask me how to make specific body parts/shapes! With this tutorial, you can figure it out on your own and probably make it better than I can ever explain.

I mentioned my mini-plush pattern in this tutorial, so in case you haven't see it before, here it is:


PART 1
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:iconfirestar24:
Firestar24 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have a question about the torso. Would it be better to do a side view to make the pattern or the "boob" pattern?
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
It's good to do side views for any type of pattern, unless you're making a very flat plush (like for wall decorations which don't require much depth).
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Firestar24 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Here's the idea I was going for:
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I've never made plushies before... and i'm much too ambitious. But hey, why not aim high?
I've got a good pattern for the head, I just need to make up the body because she has "unique" anatomy.
I'm trying to keep it rather simple, but i'm new at this.
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lunaflyaway Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014
Ah... Two questions.
Once you have visualized it in an angular form, do to fabric's natural roundness, can you just use that for the pattern ?
And how do you visualize something angularly? I have had trouble figuring that out...

Otherwise, thanks for this! It really helps! Especially when you're a newcomer to pattern drafting all together :iconsweatdropplz:
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
I'm not sure I understand your first question very well... If you create a pattern with sharp angles (like a cube), it'll come out more round because of the fabric, so if you really wanted those sharp angles, you'd need to stitch it from the outside.
Second... I think the best way for visualisation is to start with very basic shapes. For example, a head is a sphere, a neck/torso is a cylinder and rectangle...arms and legs are cylinders. Then from there, you can tweak the shapes to give them more curves.
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:iconlunaflyaway:
lunaflyaway Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Thanks! I was asking because I have an easier time visualizing round objects :iconsweatdropplz:
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TenshiHime13 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
This is really helpful as was your previous tutorial about this.  Thank you. :)
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Lucky757 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! This is amazing!
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SpiderRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I notice the girl dolls have boobs. HOW do you give them boobs?
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pheleon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I feed them a lot of estrogen. ;)

(I just design a pattern that accomodates a bust, and then usually needlesculpt the cleavage.)
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love this, thank you so much!
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z102011 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
may i know what kind of material you use for the body? pwease :D
btw awesome work!
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:iconpheleon:
pheleon Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Please check out my FAQ: [link] :)
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MsDungeonX Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:D This tutorial is very, very helpful. What would I have to do if I wanted to give my plushie a prop to hold? ^^; I can't seem to figure it out.
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pheleon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I put wires in the arms, so that the fingers can bend and hold it into place. Maybe the next tutorial I'll make will be about wire-armature and making plushies posable! :)
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MsDungeonX Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks for the info!
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mare-of-night Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Why did I not find this a couple months ago?! This tutorial is great! (Made a human pattern a while ago, it didn't come out as well as I hoped, currently getting ready to try again.)
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YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student
how would you connect the torso and hips if you want to make them separted?
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pheleon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
I usually handstitch them together.
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Stacychan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011   General Artist
Did you put any kind of wire in the Fran doll to make her stand up? She's a lovely doll, btw. I'm amazed with the skill. It just seems to me without some kind of frame work she couldn't stand up on her own? Or am I totally wrong? XD
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pheleon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
She does have wire armature, but only in her arms and legs. If you stuff the legs well enough, and if all the body parts are aligned with the doll's center of gravity, it should hold up no prob without the armature. I just wanted her to be able to bend her knees and elbows, so I put in the wire as an extra. :)
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Stacychan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011   General Artist
Oooh. Neat!

I'm in the process of trying to make a Bellossom plushie for one of my besties, so I'm kind of learning as I go and trying to get all kinds of tips. XD
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Stacychan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011   General Artist
Oooh. Neat!

I'm in the process of trying to make a Bellossom plushie for one of my besties, so I'm kind of learning as I go and trying to get all kinds of tips. XD
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pinkydbzfan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Thanks this should really help in making some toys for my business :)
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kunoichi-anime-angel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoops!^^;I sent my comment twice..Heh...heh!^^;
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kunoichi-anime-angel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome!Arigato gozaimasu!!Yoi!!:love:
one question: what fabric do you use?:eager:
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kunoichi-anime-angel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome!Arigato gozaimasu!!Yoi!!:love:
one question: what fabric do you use?:eager:
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pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
lycra, deersuede and craft velour. :)
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pendragonvamp Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Writer
Awesome one again! Thank you very much for the advice!
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winternight119 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thanks a ton for the tutorials... :D Do you have any more resources/know of any tutorials? Like, how you print (or draw!) the eyes on the material, what kinds of materials, etc. - ?
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pheleon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Yup, I have a how to paint eyes tutorial: [link]
Please check my frontpage for my FAQ (you might find other useful info). :)
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winternight119 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Ohh, thanks a lot. ^^
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winternight119 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Nevermind, it's in the FAQ :P Except for the eye thing ^^;
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Darling-Poe Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very handy! C:
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SeltsamPlush Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Wow, Pheleon! This is a great tutorial! It's so interesting to see your process and how detailed it is... No wonder your plushies are so good!
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Mondriana Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
THANKS SO MUCH!!!
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Avistew Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Thank you! I'm having so much trouble visualizing sewing patterns... It's weird, I don't have a problem when I knit them and it's all one big piece, but as soon as I need to break it down into smaller ones I'm stuck!
Your tutorial is a big help though, I'll try to follow your advice and get better ^_^
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Andelice Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thank-you for the tutorial!!!
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AlexXe666 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you soo much this is a great help for me on making plushie's. Thank you for the great tutorials. Keep up with the great work.
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agataylor Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
really good tutorial!
I've read part 1 and the mini tutorial also, but I have a doubt: I don't get it how do you sew the parts of the head together to form the head...^^;
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
I don't know how to explain it.. that's why I had the picture instruction with the colour-coded thing. I'd suggest to print out the colour-coded pattern for the head, and cut it out. Then place the sides with the same colours together. I think that should give you an idea how it's formed before cutting out the fabric with the pattern.
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yoruichimeow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Dear Pheleon,

<3<3<3<3<3<3!!!

This is awesome. So practical that I probably wouldn't have ever tried it on my own...thank you for breaking it down and posting it!

Hugs after all the straight pins are taken out,
yoruichimeow
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whitefrosty Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this, sensei. :blowkiss:
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WingsThatFly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
What would be a good suggestion for tweaking a pattern used with a stretchy fabric such as fleece? Also, when making a smaller plush would it be a good idea to simplify a pattern as much as possible the smaller you go?
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
For stretchy fabric, the way I work is with trial and error. Sew up the finished pattern with the fleece; if it's too big, grade the whole thing a smaller size. (when I first worked with lycra, which is REALLY stretchy, that's what I had to do).
For a smaller plush, you can simplify a pattern, but it depends what you're looking for. On one hand, a lot of detail on a small plush is often more impressive, but it's not necessary so you might just want to simplify it.
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WingsThatFly Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Thanks :) I will be using a lot of fleece in the future so this is going to be helpful. I like detail on mini plushies, but I'm worried about too many seams showing.
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WingsThatFly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Oh, and Thanks for the tutorial. Haha, I always find your tutorials helpful and informative.
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terminatorfluffy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
This is brilliant! Thank you!
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Eldorgwynna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Awesome!! :heart: Thank you for making this~ :3 You're so awesome!! 8D
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