Lots of people ask about plush-making tips, so I'm going to compile all the info that I know in this entry. There's a lot that I can't explain because I don't know how... My style is really trial/error, or just winging it, or eyeballing stuff, so it's really not the type of thing I can convey in words. Therefore, if you send me a note/comment/email and I don't respond, it's likely because I don't know what to say... Tutorials I've made... Where to buy materials/fabric/supplies...
I wrote a blog entry on all my plushie supplies: pheleon.blogspot.com/2011/09/p…
Please read it if you were wondering where I get my materials. If you're not from Montreal (as lots of you definitely aren't!), all the online ressources are at the end of the entry, so skip the beginning part.
And although I'm sounding like a broken record (because people still ask me this question), my plushies are made with...for the skin/base body
Lycra, craft velour, or deersuede for the clothes/shoes
Flanelette, fleece, craft velour, deersuede, broadcloth, corduroy, essentially ANY fabric that's thin and preferably non-fraying.for the hair
Felt. Felt. Felt! Thicker and sturdier, the better. Kunin's a good brand, but check your local craft stores too. I have also used "shag fur" from sassybears for Godot's hair.for the eyes
Fine arts acrylic paint OR quickfuse by june taylor Useful links...
Although it might be a little outdated, I refer lots of people to these journal entries by ~EverybodyPlush everybodyplush.deviantart.com/…everybodyplush.deviantart.com/…
Here's a tutorial that helped me out:
Here's the famous !BabyLondonStar
's plush tutorial:
I've never tried it, but the explanations look really clear, so I think it's a good place to start. Useful keywords to search on google...
basic sewing stitches (for the basic of the basic!)
seam allowance (also basic term)
needle sculpting (to make toes, fingers, etc. without sewing the indiviually)
armature, plastic/wire (to make plushies posable)Conclusion
Yeah, so that was a crappy guide, but that's all the info I know! I'll keep it updated, or if you know of ressources that are good, feel free to comment and I can update it under the useful links. I remember a while back, someone sent me a link about making plushie-boobs. I didn't use it because I have my own prefered way of making boobs (lol), but it would have been useful for others, so I regret losing that info.
Therefore, I'll try to keep this entry alive and updated.