MLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with MinkyMy Little Pony Plushie StyleMLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with Minky3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What: Minky is a polyester, microfiber fabric that is extremely soft. It is often used in baby blankets and quilts, but also seems to be the fabric of choice for many plushie makers.
(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!)
These tools can help make your experience working with minky much easier...
Rotary Cutter: http://www.beverlys.com/olfa-rotary-cutter-28mm.html You can use this to cut the minky directly around your pattern pieces on a flat surface, instead of trying to pin the pattern and hold up the fabric while cutting with scissors. The smaller the blade size, the better, because they go around tight curves easier.
Walking Foot: These sewing machine accessories are very useful. When sewing, because minky is slippery, the fabric may slide around a bit and get off track, making your plushie (or whatever you're making) not as accu
MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, keep checking back, as more characters and their colors will be added soon!)
MLP: Minky Color Guide:
Which minky color works best for ______ (insert MLP character here)?
This journal is an attempt to answer that question. There are more than 50 shades of minky out there, and as a plushie maker, I realize that it can be difficult to know which color will work best for the particular pony you're working on. This is made even more frustrating by the fact that many of the images of the minky do not show the true color!
I recently ordered a ton of swatches from fabric.com, and I'm continuing to collect swatches from various websites, in an attempt to get most of the minky colors. Because I have the actual fabric with me, I can compare it to the characters' colors to see which fits best, to ensure that you can make a plushie that is as show-accurate as possib
Tutorial: How to machine stitch heads onto bodiesTutorial time! This is another basic tutorial that will show you how to machine stitch a plush's head onto its body. Please be aware that I can't teach anyone how to make patterns. I'm just putting together a few tips and tricks that will hopefully help someone.Tutorial: How to machine stitch heads onto bodies1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Sew your plush's body together, leaving the entire back open.
Sew your plush's head together, also leaving the back open.
Match the head to the body and pin. When making your pattern, make sure the circumference of the opening at the bottom of the head is equal to the circumference of the neck opening of the plush body.
Sew a straight line from one end to the other.
The plush's head is now attached!
You should now have a plush with the entire back open! All you have to do now is finish it!
You want to make plushies? Tips and resources listEdit: added a part about fabric selection before 'where do I start'!You want to make plushies? Tips and resources list2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ever since I posted Wolf Link and Midna I've been getting an influx of messages asking me to teach, reveal my secrets, take people under my wing, and so on. The sad thing is I can't spend all that much time one on one with everybody asking me to teach them. So I've decided to put together this massive block of text, relating some of my personal experience in plush making and listing off all my resources at the bottom. This will cover the very basics of plush and pattern making so if you are completely new to plush making this is for you, if you're not and you're just looking for resources skip to the bottom. I hope this will be helpful to someone!
First off, the reality. The big secret. The key to becoming a good plush artist is...
I can already feel the glares and exasperation but hear me out first.
One thing I've noticed with a lot of the messages I got were that a lot of people were scared of screwing up.
Pony ResourcesI'm routinely updating this post with new resources that people send me. So feel free to send me links to tutorials or other informational posts/deviations/links that you think might be helpful to plushy makers!Pony Resources3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been putting together a new list of pony resources over the last few weeks. It's been a while since I did the first journal post on the topic and unfortunately a lot of the original links went dead when BabyLondonStar deactivated her account. I also wanted to include some links for other non-eye and mark related things that I've found over the time I've been on deviantART.
There's a really cool tutorial by BeeZee-Art for making spiral plushie horns that I thought folks might like to see for their unicorns. I think you could also apply it to plushies where the horn is sewn in already, getting your needle in there might be a little harder though.
Once you've finished sewing your pony you may want to take
The-making-of Lifesize Dash. Download warningThe-making-of Lifesize Dash.The-making-of Lifesize Dash. Download warning1 month ago in Personal More Like This
DOWNLOAD WARNING. This journal will contain several dozen images of WIP Dash.
So instead of spamming the crap out of all my social media pages every weekend, I've saved everything up for a large compilation to go through (in detail) how Dash was made, start to finish.
I truly can't comprehend how many hours of planning went into this plush. This section was probably the most important out of any, and without the proper planning there is no way she would have came out like she did.
I decided very early on that I wanted to make Dash. While Rarity is my favourite pony, she isn't the most impressive plush IMO.
Dashie is my second favourite. Her design looks fabulous as a plush, and she's popular enough that other people will appreciate her too.
So ever since I knew I wanted to make a LS pony, I've been researching like mad. Applique, invisible zippers, skeletons, you name it.
I also spent a huge
Plushie Making GoodnessI have been making plushes for about 2-3 months now, and have found the community amazing in providing guides, tutorials and advice on all aspects of plushie making.Plushie Making Goodness3 years ago in Personal More Like This
For that reason I thought it would be a great idea to gather all of the information that I have used into one place so that other plushie makers can get great help and guidance as well.
Here you can find a collection of free and paid patterns, tutorials and guides on pattern making.
Free Patterns & Tutorials
Voodoo-Tiki's Pony Plushie Tutorial - http://browse.deviantart.com/artisan/customdolls/plushies/?qh=§ion=&q=mlp+plushie+pattern#/d4u0t6a
haiban's Pony Pattern Tutorial - Part 1 |
So you want to buy minkyI get asked this question alot and I promised a guide a while back but I'm just now getting around to making it! Here is a list of websites where you can buy minky fabric for your projects!So you want to buy minky3 years ago in Personal More Like This
www.beverlys.com - search cuddle 3
www.joann.com - search for Soft n Comfy
www.minkee.com.au - Australia
Land of Oh Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/listing/95419080/1-yard-1-mm-smooth-cuddle-minky-fabric?ref=usr_faveitems
Igloo0203 - http://myworld.ebay.com/igloo0203/&_trksid3984.m1439.l2754 - This seller has a wide color selection and the minky comes in 3mm and 5mm pile! She's located in Korea and shipping usually takes about 2 weeks, or at least that is when my orders arrive.
KYcutters - http://myworld.ebay.com/kycutters/?_trksid4340.l2559 - They sell Benartex Minkee Gelat
Tutorial: How to hide knotsHere's a quickie tutorial I put together on how to effectively hide knots and make your closed seams pretty!Tutorial: How to hide knots1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Tuck in your seam allowance.
Use a ladder stitch to close the seam. When you tug the thread the stitches disappear!
When you finish closing your seam knot your thread and place the needle into the same place your thread came out.
Push the needle through to the other side and gently tug the thread until you hear the knot pop through. You've successfully hidden your knot!
If you're using minky, take a needle and carefully brush the fur out of the seam. When you're finished you should have a nice pretty seam that's barely visible!
How To Photograph Your CraftsThe absolute number one cause of rejection of DD suggestions for most Artisan Craft CVs is poor photography. There is nothing worse than seeing an otherwise brilliant piece ruined by a dodgy photo. But even beyond DD acceptance, if you want to people on dA to be able to appreciate your skill you need to be able to show your work off to advantage.How To Photograph Your Crafts2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Sometimes I'll tell a self-suggester that I can't feature their work because of the quality of the photography and they'll inevitably reply, "Oh, I'll have to get a better camera."
Repeat after me: the tools never make the artist.
You don't need a $9000 sewing machine to stitch a dress, you don't need a $1000 stand mixer to bake a cake, and you similarly don't need a top of the range SLR to take a brilliant photograph. It's all in how you take the photo.
To help us understand photography concepts a little more, Fella is going to help us out. Say hi Fella!
So you want to digitizeIn this tutorial I'm going to attempt to explain how to autodigitize images into embroidery files. There are many different software programs out there. Here is a link to some free software called Stitch Era: http://www.imprimeo.net/howget.htmSo you want to digitize3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to digitize using PE Design Lite!
This software is best used in conjunction with an image editing program like Adobe Photoshop. I've found that PE Design Lite is quite finicky with colors so you need a high quality vector image of the design you want to digitize.
So the first thing you need to do is find or create your design. Once you have a good quality image open your software.
Note: PE Design Lite has only the most basic of functions. For more embroidery options you'll need to buy/download more advanced digitizing programs.
Step 1: Open software
Step 2: Import your image
This is the file I want to digitize:
Step 3: Click the autodigitize button and the color grid will pop up.
Your digitizing sof
Naz's Mini tut #1: How I sew hoovesA quick tutorial on how I sew hooves. A few people have been asking and I thought it might help.Naz's Mini tut #1: How I sew hooves9 months ago in Personal More Like This
If there are any other small sewing tutorials or topics you'd like me to make a video on let me know, it might even become a regular thing.
I'm sorry I haven't had time to sit down and respond to comments lately, I'll answer them all on Friday when I have my 2 hr train ride. I've been super busy irl.
How to make your very own Helix Fossil PillowThese are INSTRUCTIONS on how to make a Helix Fossil Pillow like the one below. It is not a tutorial and I do not have pictures of the process because I didn't think of it when I was making it, and I'm not going to make another. You will need some previous knowledge of sewing to follow these instructions. I am absolutely not going to teach people to sew - there are lots of resources on the internet if that's what you want. I might add a doodled example pattern later, but that's pretty much all the help you'll get!How to make your very own Helix Fossil Pillow1 year ago in Personal More Like This
0.3 meter (1/2 yd) fabric for the pillow body (I used minky, fleece may also be an option)
Scraps of fabric for detailing in lighter and darker browns
0.25 m Medium-weight fusible interfacing (optional)
Sewing machine or really talented fingers
Scissors and whatnot
A large piece of paper for drafting
Pricing 101Pricing 101Pricing 1012 years ago in Personal More Like This
How to determine what you should charge for your work
In light of the absolutely horrendous commission page DA started up which encourages artists to sell their work for literally pennies, let me talk about pricing artwork. Or more specifically, how I price my work.
This...guide? Advice? Thing? Highlights what I've learned about pricing throughout the last few years. I do not touch on the subject of beginner pricing, simply because there are no set guidelines for that and beginner pricing usually ends up being extremely subjective. This guide assumes that the reader is somewhat experienced in their craft and is looking for pointers on pricing. However I still highly encourage beginners to read! This is what pricing should be like, not mere pennies for hours upon hours of work. This also focuses on crafts and sewing but a lot of it is s
10 Tips for Taking Better PhotosA good photo is key to selling your plushie online. Your customer can't hold it in their hands and look at it from all angles, so it’s up to you to provide clear, sharp photos that will capture their interest and convince them to buy from you.10 Tips for Taking Better Photos3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Use a tripod. A steady camera means a sharper image, and lets you concentrate on framing the shot. You can get a small, simple, perfectly satisfactory tripod for about $10, or in a pinch you can prop your camera on a flat surface If for some reason you are obliged to hold the camera, grasp it with both hands, draw your elbows in until they touch, press your arms as tightly as possible to your chest, and hold your breath while snapping the photo.
2. Unlike most subjects, plushies aren't going to fidget, so you have plenty of time to compose your shot (if your plushie does start fidgeting, run away as fast as you can and call an exorcist). Make sure the plushie is centered and fills up most of the frame. Most c
Beginner's guide to plushie makingHello !Beginner's guide to plushie making1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
People have been asking me little tips on how to make plush toys. So I decided to make a beginner's guide. I'm going to keep this updated regularly if I think of new stuff. Please remember I'm French, my English might be a little weird but I'll do my best to make this clear and practical.
A lot of guides have already been made on DA so I'm not going to make a new one, this will just be a collection of stuff that helped me learn and progress and tips that I may find useful for you.
First of all, if you want to start making plushies, you have to read this :
from :iconDiffeomorphism: he made a very good guide ! Definitely start with this.
from :iconMagnaStorm: is interesting too.
Then, here a a few links that might interest you :
- List of free patterns
MLP Resource: Pony Plushie Shopping ListHi everyone! As the winner of my poll, I've decided to make a journal consisting of a plushie shopping list!MLP Resource: Pony Plushie Shopping List3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now, I've tried to include the average prices for everything, but keep in mind that prices will vary, especially with fabric because it depends on how many yards you get! But I've tried to give you just a general idea...
Also, you'll notice that there are multiple sections for putting the eyes and cutie marks on the pony. You only need to choose one section (hand embroidery, machine embroidery, or applique) depending on your personal preference.
Rotary Cutter $11.00
Cutting Mat $13.00
Sewing Machine $100.00
Fabric Markers (assorted color pack) $6.50
Hand Sewing Needles $2.00
Note: I like to have an assortment of fabric marker colors because I use different color fabric, and some markers don't show up on particular fabric colors. My general rule is, use the lightest fab
Working with MinkyMinky is a very popular fabric choice for making plush ponies, and MLPPlushies has an article on working with it: http://mlpplushies.deviantart.com/journal/Tips-and-Tricks-Working-with-Minky-319075769Working with Minky3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Personally I prefer tacking to pinning, since minky is so thin the pins distort and pull the fabric. You can also use clamps or paper clips (although paper clips also tend to fall off). I also always back minky with iron-on interfacing, to make transferring the pattern easier, and to keep it from slithering, wrinkling and stretching quite so much.
Any other tricks you'd like to share?
MLP Patch and Embroidery CommissionsHere's a bunch of info on my commissions.MLP Patch and Embroidery Commissions1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What you will need to do:
Send me the art you want turned into a patch. It does not need to be in any specific format, even a scanned sketch is usually fine. If the art was made by someone who wasn't you, the artist must approve the art being used for commercial purposes, and that approval must be sent to me. No exceptions to this rule. Email the art and approval to firstname.lastname@example.org or note me here on deviantart. I will look over the design and make sure it can be done. Do not send payment before I validate that the design can be made into a patch. Payment is via paypal and needs to be paid up front.
Estimated Prices are below. These are based on medium complexity at 100mm (4") in the longest direction. Some designs will be less and some may be more, and the maximum size I can make is 12" by 18". Most designs I make will be put into the store so you or anyone else can buy more whenever you
So you want to make a ponyI get asked alot of questions on how to make pony plushes. I really don't think I'm the best person to ask since I'm a total noob, but I will try to help! First off, you need a pattern. I don't sell or give out my pattern, but there are plenty of nice ones online! All it takes is a bit of searching but I'm going to make that part easy for you.So you want to make a pony3 years ago in Personal More Like This
BabyLondonStar's kawaii pony -
The pattern: http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/p1.jpg http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/p2.jpg http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/p3.jpg
The Tutorial: http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/
:iconVoodoo-Tiki:'s pony -
The pattern: http://voodoo-tiki.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4tbodh http://voodoo-tiki.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4tbol7
The Tutorial: ht
Lifesize pony FAQThought I'd make this a separate journal to the 'the-making-of' journal, to save those who don't want to view 100 000 images of wip Dashie.Lifesize pony FAQ1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Below are the answers to the most FAQ I received. As well as some other facts people might want to know.
Any additional questions will be added/edited on.
Q. How tall is Dashie?
A. 42" tall to the top of her mane, 37" to the top of her crown.
Q. How heavy is Dashie?
A. 7.7kg! Less than I thought she was.
Q. How long did it take to make her?
A. I lost track, but it was probably something like 100 hrs over a month or so.
Q. How much did it cost to make her?
A. Nearly $1000 worth of materials went into her 0_0. I kid you not.
Q. Why Dashie?
A. I think Dashie makes for one of the most impressive plushes out there. She's also my 2nd favourite mane 6 pony.
Q. Is she for sale?
A. No sorry, this particular Dash
Pheleon's Guide to Plush-MakingLots 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...Pheleon's Guide to Plush-Making4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tutorials I've made...
Where to buy materials/fabric/supplies...
I wrote a blog entry on all my plushie supplies: http://pheleon.blogspot.com/2011/09/plushie-supplies.html
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 m
Twilight video + upholstery foam in Pinkie reviewFirst off, I finally finished editing one of the livestream videos! You can watch Winter Wrap Up Twilight being made(in fast motion) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYWHxudsAN8Twilight video + upholstery foam in Pinkie review2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now, a giant Pinkie update!
Some people had suggested that I use foam in Pinkie for various reason, and I decided it would be worth a try. Here are my thoughts and results!
I used upholstery foam(or foam cushioning as some might know it) because it's thick, regains its shape even if it's crushed, and it's available at Wal Mart in large quantities ahah.
First off it was more expensive than I expected, but still not horrendously expensive. I bought a 48"x72" piece for $65. This is enough for one and a half ponie. Second, I really underestimated its weight. This stuff is HEAVY. I was hoping to reduce Pinkie's weight by using this foam, but that didn't happen.
Fitting it in the plush:
I measured and cut large strips of the foam and rolled them up so they would fit through the body. I didn't roll them supe
Noxxie's Summer Fun OC Contest! [entries closed] Updates: CONTEST CLOSED FOR JUDGING!Noxxie's Summer Fun OC Contest! [entries closed]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Noxxie’s Summer Fun OC Contest!
Click to view current entries!
Contest ends August 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.
(This is after my summer classes, so I can make prizes, woo!)
Hey guys! It’s been a year since my last giveaway, and quite a long time since my last art contest. I feel it’s time for me to host another, so we can all celebrate our awesomest OCs and I can celebrate all of my lovely watchers!
The Contest: Our OCs having Summer Fun!
For this contest, your OC and my OCs are going to have summer fun! You can interpret the scenario in any way you’d like! How do their personalities and interest work together? Originality and characterization is key here!
1. Must be watching me.