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So you want to make plushies? A beginner's guide

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Phew, finally decided that this was good enough to publish! Only took like 10-20 readings after my initial rough draft.

Anyway, here's a guide I threw together for people who want to sew but have absolutely no idea where to start. I wrote this guide in a way which would've been most helpful to me back in May, when I decided to start sewing but didn't really know much besides mashing pieces of fabric together. Naturally the guide is written from my own perspective and experiences in sewing; ask other plushie makers and they'll have a whole different set of experiences and advice to share.

I tried to make the guide as comprehensive as possible, but one thing I didn't do was include links to resources. The reason for this is that links and videos can become outdated all the time, and part of the process of learning is being able to go out and find these resources. Nonetheless, one of the best resources I can recommend is Metroidhat's site, which gives not only visual instructions on how to do stitches but also some good step-by-step tutorials. I found myself going back there all the time when I was starting out.

If you have any questions, comments, or objections, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message! I wrote this guide to help people out, and I'd love to help out however I can! (Although I can't give my patterns away.) Speaking of which, if I get bored, I might release some sort of guide documenting my pattern-making process. It won't be any time soon but I figure it's something which people are interested in and that I'd like to write about. Be warned though, it's going to involve some pretentious math terminology =P

That's all. Happy New Year! 2014's gonna be a good year, I can tell.

Edit: Holy crap, 100 favorites already! I had no idea there'd be this big of a response. Thanks guys!
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Nika47777's avatar

Honestly, I was just thinking. I was thinking about a gift. And what would be a perfect gift? A hand-made gift full of thoughts. And I thought about a character's birthday and that character likes lions. So I thought, what if I made a lion plushie? Of course, I laughed at that idea because 1. I can't draw. If I can't draw, I won't be able to sketch how to make the plushie. (tho I don't even know how designing plushie works) 2. I can't design, as in making a plushie with a cute and not too ugly appearance. Who knows? I mean, you can imagine a real lion or a cartoon lion and etc. Even among the cartoons, each lion looks different from different artists' artstyle. 3. I've never done anything before as a child. Same for knitting, embroidering etc that I could have thought about. Because, beside making a gift, I was thinking about picking a hobby for this lazy rear person that I am. I'm so lazy I don't dare to try anything. Also 'cause I'm stingy and don't wanna buy the set up. Not to mention I don't know which material is best for the plushie and if it's be too expensive for me 0 0


I am lazy at the point I don't want to live... ; ;