Page 1 of 15 1234511 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 375

Thread: Plushie Tutorial

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    T.A.R.D.I.S.
    Posts
    3,966

    Default Plushie Tutorial

    Plushie Tutorial:

    For simple pokemon fan art plushies



    In my life-sized pokemon plushie thread, it was suggested that I make a tutorial, so here it is, if it’s good enough that the mods want to sticky it for other’s reference that’s fine. If not I hope it helps someone.

    1) Gather info (design/size) and materials.

    Materials you will need:
    *Felt in the necessary colors (or other fabric, felt needs less sewing in some cases, such as hoppip’s leaves)
    *needles and pins
    *ordinary thread and embroidery thread
    *paper for sketch and/or pattern (newsprint is good)
    *pencil
    *scissors
    *ruler and/or tape measure
    *chalk (to draw on fabric)
    *eyes (may be buttons, googly eyes, sequins, or more fabric)
    *pipe cleaners or wire (if doing leaves, long legs or antenna)
    *stuffing (may be polyfill [best], cotton, rice, sand, fabric scraps, or paper scraps)


    2) Make your sketch and patterns on large sheets of newsprint.

    The Sketch: If you draw well you may just wish to make a line the height of the desired pokemon on the paper and then sketch it to height. If you don’t draw well you may wish to use the grid method. Simply make a small grid over the image you wish to enlarge. Then make a large grid and fill in each space with the lines you see on the small grid.

    It’s best to use pencil; I use markers after the first sketch so that it shows up on the camera.



    The Pattern: After the sketch I generally just draw the needed shapes on the felt with chalk and cut out the felt. This however is not recommended so here’s some information on cutting out paper patterns to make sure you have the shapes right first. For the body or head of a round plushie measure half the outside circle and then make football shapes that tall. Depending on how skinny or fat your ‘footballs’ are you will need 3-5 of them. For an oval, draw a curved inseam on your sketch and use that to decide the height of the pieces, they will look more like basketballs that have gone flat on one side. You will need 4 ‘flat basketballs’ for an oval. Most other pieces can be cut from basic or simple shapes; hoppip or jigglypuff’s ear for example can be 3 large triangle of red-pink and one small triangle of black. And oddish’s foot can be made from an oval and two half ovals (the half ovals should be as tall as half the outside line of the original oval is long. These pieces should be slightly larger than actual size to account for seams. Leaves should be cut extra wide, I’ll explain this later.



    3) Using the chalk draw outlines of the patterns on your fabric and cut out the pieces. You may find that you didn’t have as much fabric as you thought, in which case you’ll need to put the plushie on hold until you can go get more.

    4) Sew any main pieces of the face together; remember to sew from the inside (that is the pieces should be inside-out so that the seams don’t show). You can pin seams together as needed, but make sure you remove all pins before sewing the final seam.

    [One exception to sewing from the inside is if you use only embroidery thread. If using embroidery thread you can sew inside-in to create a more crafted looking plushie, this is also easier than regular sewing]

    5) Add face details, sew in a mouth with embroidery thread, sew or glue on the eyes, ect.

    6) Sew rest of body/head seam except for 1 seam, this will be the last seam you sew. You will need it open to hide the knots from attaching any attachment parts like ears and to stuff the plushie. This final seam should be on the back or bottom of your plushie and must be big enough to pull the whole plushie (un-stuffed) through.

    A few attachment pieces may be right at seam and can be sewn on in this step. Remember to sew them together and stuff them first. (Remember to sew inside-out)

    7) Sew together, stuff, and attach any attachments not sewn on in step 6. Make sure to sew the attachments to the outside, but knot the threads on the inside. (Remember to sew inside-out)

    Leaves, My Method: Leaves should be made wider than life-size. Pinch the fabric in the center of the leaf around a pipe cleaner or other wire and sew it in place with embroidery thread. This will create slightly crinkled standing leaves that you can adjust the position of.





    8) Turn body and head inside-in. Make sure all pieces are attached and sewn on the way you like. If they are not, cut the threads and reattach them as in step 7. Make sure to remove any pins. When you are satisfied, stuff your plushie through the final seam. Then sew this seam closed (Inside-in of course, which is why we left it on the back or bottom in step 6.)

    Do not worry if your first few plushies comes out misshapen or smaller than expected. It just takes some practice.
    ___

    Patterns:
    Voltrob
    Last edited by VampirateMace; 29th September 2007 at 9:57 PM.

    Serebii Paranormal & Crypto-zoological Society / And My Etsy Shop!
    I've also got Blog about all things paranormal:
    http://problematicafiles.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @CleverKraken


    Today's Fact: Because vampires are traditionally believed to be obsessed with counting, sprinkling seeds or grain around entryways is believed to stall them, as is using screen doors and windows, for they will stop to count the seeds/holes.

    A Gravity Falls Fanclub? Everything is different now!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    195

    Default

    Thanks, now I can try to make one myself. Great job on the tutorial too.

    ~Lost Butterfly


    Your signature cannot have more than three outside images so the excessive images were removed. Please read the signature rules.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    iPod Wonderland
    Posts
    190

    Default

    Great tutorial!
    But I'm not that creative that I could make a pluchie-pokemon…
    (I'm proud of you!)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    In a cardboard box
    Posts
    818

    Default

    That's for making a tutorial. I'll try this sometime.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Fiji
    Posts
    28

    Default

    cute! =) I like it but it'll be hard for me to make
    Images in your signature that aren't banners CANNOT exceed 200x200 pixels. The image you had here exceeded that limit, so 's been removed. Please read the Signature Rules.

    "The Lord dislikes the people who tell lies, but loves the ones who tell the truth."

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Forty-two
    Posts
    3,697

    Default

    This is really good! I may apply these concepts to make SHINY plushies, if I ever get the chance.
    Owner of the Nintendo Club
    and the newly-remade Super Smash Bros. Brawl Club!
    Old members rejoin! New members welcome!


    AerialAce! and Zink - Smash Brothers
    [AerialAce! was formerly known as Burninator]

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    T.A.R.D.I.S.
    Posts
    3,966

    Default

    I just want to say thanks to all of you... and that I am open to answering questions about making plushies so don't be afraid to ask.

    Serebii Paranormal & Crypto-zoological Society / And My Etsy Shop!
    I've also got Blog about all things paranormal:
    http://problematicafiles.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @CleverKraken


    Today's Fact: Because vampires are traditionally believed to be obsessed with counting, sprinkling seeds or grain around entryways is believed to stall them, as is using screen doors and windows, for they will stop to count the seeds/holes.

    A Gravity Falls Fanclub? Everything is different now!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    4,685

    Default

    lol this is awsome i might make some with my mum thanks so much they look great
    Skyward sword

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,066

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by VampirateMace View Post
    I just want to say thanks to all of you... and that I am open to answering questions about making plushies so don't be afraid to ask.
    Ooh... this is going to be fun. But one question. I'm trying to do something simple, and one I like, so I chose Rotomu. But for the "plasma outline," do I just make it a flat outline, or what?
    Do not expect me to be around a lot, but I will occasionally lurk, or even make a post or two. I supposedly have a FanFic in the making, but no promises yet.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    T.A.R.D.I.S.
    Posts
    3,966

    Default

    Plasma and gas is hard to call, for this case I would make a flat outline and sew the front and back to it so it's in the middle. I'd like to see it when you're done too...

    Serebii Paranormal & Crypto-zoological Society / And My Etsy Shop!
    I've also got Blog about all things paranormal:
    http://problematicafiles.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @CleverKraken


    Today's Fact: Because vampires are traditionally believed to be obsessed with counting, sprinkling seeds or grain around entryways is believed to stall them, as is using screen doors and windows, for they will stop to count the seeds/holes.

    A Gravity Falls Fanclub? Everything is different now!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,066

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by VampirateMace View Post
    Plasma and gas is hard to call, for this case I would make a flat outline and sew the front and back to it so it's in the middle. I'd like to see it when you're done too...
    Okay. I figured it was going to be in the middle; but I just wanted to make sure.
    Do not expect me to be around a lot, but I will occasionally lurk, or even make a post or two. I supposedly have a FanFic in the making, but no promises yet.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,066

    Default

    ._. Quit spamming the place up; are you TRYING to get banned?

    EDIT: Man, Rotomu is a bit of a pain to make. I have to do that "cone" thing on top, but designing the Plasma was actually pretty easy. But--if you've got something an an outline (Gastly, Rotomu, anything similar to that), make the acutal body the official size. The outline will make them bigger, and they still seem normal. Gastly is the easiest to test with this because it's just a faint purple glow, and a ball. Oh, and if you're still making them, how about trying to acutally incorporate a zipper into Banette, or making a Banette bag? XD
    Last edited by Zee-V70; 3rd February 2007 at 7:51 AM.
    Do not expect me to be around a lot, but I will occasionally lurk, or even make a post or two. I supposedly have a FanFic in the making, but no promises yet.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    England!
    Posts
    515

    Default

    i renember seeing your surskit one, they are SO good!
    when i have some free time, i may just take up your tutorial as a project ^_^
    could do matching pirate clothes for them =p
    roughly what size are you working with?
    DesktopTowerDefence<3

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    T.A.R.D.I.S.
    Posts
    3,966

    Default

    I've been making them lifesize, so they match whatever the height of the actural pokemon is.

    Serebii Paranormal & Crypto-zoological Society / And My Etsy Shop!
    I've also got Blog about all things paranormal:
    http://problematicafiles.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @CleverKraken


    Today's Fact: Because vampires are traditionally believed to be obsessed with counting, sprinkling seeds or grain around entryways is believed to stall them, as is using screen doors and windows, for they will stop to count the seeds/holes.

    A Gravity Falls Fanclub? Everything is different now!

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Forty-two
    Posts
    3,697

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Commander View Post
    how about trying to acutally incorporate a zipper into Banette, or making a Banette bag? XD
    That is an awesome idea. I want to try that (eventually).
    First, I have other plans (beginning with something small and simple (Hoppip, maybe?), then a little more complex, like Charmander, then trying something bigger (see below)

    I'm stuck at the "convincing my mom to let me waste my money on material to make a life-sized Pokémon plushie" stage.

    Quote Originally Posted by VampirateMace View Post
    I've been making them lifesize, so they match whatever the height of the actural pokemon is.
    I'd love to see something bigger, but I can see it getting really hard. The bigger Pokémon tend to have more complex designs.
    I'd kill to see a life-size Onix or Snorlax.

    Hypothetically, I'd make a Charizard's wings thike this:
    The outer orange (or black, for Shiny) rim would be a tube shape, stuffed and with a wire lining it to make them hold their positions. The rest of the wings would be sewed into te seam of the rim, and would be simply a two-layered sheet of fabric-- a layer of orange (or black) for the back, and a layer of blue (or red) for the front.

    What do you think?
    I want to design a template, to show my parents that I'm going to actually do a decent job, rather than wasting the money to create a gigantic piece of garbage.
    -----------------
    EDIT: I may be setting my sights a little high, but since it would be so great to have around, I think I should go ahead and try anyway.
    Last edited by AerialAce!; 7th February 2007 at 5:35 PM.
    Owner of the Nintendo Club
    and the newly-remade Super Smash Bros. Brawl Club!
    Old members rejoin! New members welcome!


    AerialAce! and Zink - Smash Brothers
    [AerialAce! was formerly known as Burninator]

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    T.A.R.D.I.S.
    Posts
    3,966

    Default

    My suggestion is to start small and work your way up


    ...those wings woulkd need intense wires in them

    Serebii Paranormal & Crypto-zoological Society / And My Etsy Shop!
    I've also got Blog about all things paranormal:
    http://problematicafiles.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @CleverKraken


    Today's Fact: Because vampires are traditionally believed to be obsessed with counting, sprinkling seeds or grain around entryways is believed to stall them, as is using screen doors and windows, for they will stop to count the seeds/holes.

    A Gravity Falls Fanclub? Everything is different now!

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Forty-two
    Posts
    3,697

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by VampirateMace View Post
    My suggestion is to start small and work your way up


    ...those wings woulkd need intense wires in them
    -Agreed.

    -Also agreed--thanks for the advice.

    Good thing I have intense wires. I have a big coil intended for making chainmaille links, and some electric fence wire. I'll probably have to use the armor-wire. It's posable enough when not formed into tiny rings, but (I think) tough enough to hold the weight (galvanized steel). If not, I'll try to find something else that'll work.

    EDIT: If necessary, I'll twist three of those wires together to give it extra strength, but it's heavy-duty stuff so I may not need to.

    That is, IF my project ever gets past the starting line.
    Last edited by AerialAce!; 7th February 2007 at 7:03 PM.
    Owner of the Nintendo Club
    and the newly-remade Super Smash Bros. Brawl Club!
    Old members rejoin! New members welcome!


    AerialAce! and Zink - Smash Brothers
    [AerialAce! was formerly known as Burninator]

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    515

    Default

    This tutorial is great thanks! I'll try this once I get the materials.
    Hehe I want to make Mikaruge

    Spiritomb is my Bishie. Drapion is watching you. . .
    Profile Picture (C)s to Arena Tycoon Slaking. My name is soon to be Manaphy-kun
    .::DeviantART::Forum CLC::Myspace::Photobucket::.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,066

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Burninator View Post
    -Agreed.

    -Also agreed--thanks for the advice.

    Good thing I have intense wires. I have a big coil intended for making chainmaille links, and some electric fence wire. I'll probably have to use the armor-wire. It's posable enough when not formed into tiny rings, but (I think) tough enough to hold the weight (galvanized steel). If not, I'll try to find something else that'll work.

    EDIT: If necessary, I'll twist three of those wires together to give it extra strength, but it's heavy-duty stuff so I may not need to.

    That is, IF my project ever gets past the starting line.
    I lol'd irl. In a good way.

    "Hey mom, where's the armor wire? I'm making a Pokemon!"
    XD

    Eh, Rotom's done. It was suprisingly easy, and it was really fun to make the surrounding Plasma. I made it look like it was holding Energy Swords! XD
    Do not expect me to be around a lot, but I will occasionally lurk, or even make a post or two. I supposedly have a FanFic in the making, but no promises yet.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Where I live
    Posts
    28

    Default

    ^_^ I love this tutorial!
    I'm gonna make a Rioru!
    Are there any pointers for making a Rioru?
    .......
    All requested items are used on a different website, but credit is still given. <3

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    T.A.R.D.I.S.
    Posts
    3,966

    Default

    Um… make sure you have enough fabric, take your time… the basic stuff, maybe start with something simpler… I'd be more help if you had a specific question...

    Serebii Paranormal & Crypto-zoological Society / And My Etsy Shop!
    I've also got Blog about all things paranormal:
    http://problematicafiles.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @CleverKraken


    Today's Fact: Because vampires are traditionally believed to be obsessed with counting, sprinkling seeds or grain around entryways is believed to stall them, as is using screen doors and windows, for they will stop to count the seeds/holes.

    A Gravity Falls Fanclub? Everything is different now!

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    As legit as a Shiny Reshiram
    Posts
    701

    Default

    I think I'll try making one of these. If I make Electivire (Elekible) do you have any tips on making him? Or should I start out with Oddish first?
    Take it easy
    "See you next summer..."
    (S2 is now!)
    I'm looking for an old piece of art I requested on here years ago and lost. It was a brown-haired girl with a pink wristband riding a Torterra. If you think you have this picture saved or have seen it somewhere please let me know and send it to me.

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    T.A.R.D.I.S.
    Posts
    3,966

    Default

    I'm going to sugget you start easier, expecially if you've never sewn. But if you do go for it, make sure you make all the parts big enough you can turn them back inside in.

    Serebii Paranormal & Crypto-zoological Society / And My Etsy Shop!
    I've also got Blog about all things paranormal:
    http://problematicafiles.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @CleverKraken


    Today's Fact: Because vampires are traditionally believed to be obsessed with counting, sprinkling seeds or grain around entryways is believed to stall them, as is using screen doors and windows, for they will stop to count the seeds/holes.

    A Gravity Falls Fanclub? Everything is different now!

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    somewhere -.-
    Posts
    9

    Default

    ^^start with oddish. definitely. after that work your way up.

    i think the banette would be a great idea...especially as a backpack, or a DS case....(!!! i'm gonna do that)... or a wii case, or a pencil case...the possibilities are endless....i think banette could be pretty easy to do.
    hmm...any other pokemon of whose plushies i could make plausible use of?
    actually since banette is 3'07" it might be better to make baby clothes out of rofl...

    rec'd starter plushies:
    swablu
    aron
    beldum
    castform
    ditto
    duskull
    electrode
    flareon
    gastly
    glalie might be easy, but it might be hard as heck
    gulpin
    kabuto
    linoone
    lotad
    lunatone
    luvdisc (especially for your significant other...)
    magikarp
    mawile
    numel
    oddish
    phanpy
    pineco might be a pain, unless you layer the fabric .
    poliwag...(debatable)
    porygon definitely, since it's angular and definite, not furry or anything like that
    ralts
    seedot
    shuppet
    slowpoke
    snorlax(would kill for one, great to give to a gf i would think.)
    togepi, if you can get the shapes on the shell and all
    umbreon maybe
    voltorb
    wobbuffet
    wynaut

    judging by simplicity of design.

    big post, no?

    edit: if there are any pokes you'd like to add or remove from the list, and i agree with you, i will edit the post.
    Last edited by tpl2000; 18th March 2007 at 10:01 PM. Reason: just 'cuz.

    cred to spongeaud at m & br tc shop
    ---HUNTING---shiny eevees, 8 of them, (shiny) legendary beast trio, (shiny) legendary bird trio, (shiny) Johto starters, cyndaquil has priority.
    ---HAVE--- shiny voltorb, shiny electrode
    Pro-Cloning Club

  25. #25
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    T.A.R.D.I.S.
    Posts
    3,966

    Default

    I feel that some of these may be a little hard, like castform with it's clear outer layer, and pineco with all it's details... I generally recommend round pokemon with 1-2 major colors for those who are starting.

    and yes, big post... I'll make my own list later perhapes...

    Serebii Paranormal & Crypto-zoological Society / And My Etsy Shop!
    I've also got Blog about all things paranormal:
    http://problematicafiles.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @CleverKraken


    Today's Fact: Because vampires are traditionally believed to be obsessed with counting, sprinkling seeds or grain around entryways is believed to stall them, as is using screen doors and windows, for they will stop to count the seeds/holes.

    A Gravity Falls Fanclub? Everything is different now!

Page 1 of 15 1234511 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •