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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 The reason for this is that links and videos can become outdated all the time, and part of the process of learning is being able to go out and find these resources.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... ; ;

Nika47777's avatar

I hate myself for choosing this activity as a new hobby because sadly it won't. I know it takes long time of practices and stuff like that but, how the heck do you make a pattern? I know some people would use 3D modeling etc but I don't know how to do that either. I, I give up.

Rei3987's avatar

i love the intro lol

even if i'm not a bare bones beginner this was super helpful and i'll share it with anyone who wants to make plushies :3 thanks!

goosetooth's avatar

am I the only one who can’t read it? it just shows links I can’t click

SoupToon's avatar

i wish it were 2014 again

William-the-Bear's avatar

Useful to make my OC plush, my friends actually wanna make my Famous by making a plush of my OC lol...

uwucoon's avatar
this tutorial is a blessing,, many thanks!!
marcstef's avatar
thank you for the tutorial
Lychee-sensei's avatar
Thank you so much for making this tutorial!!
Scrapbooker's avatar
You are a GODDESS. 

:iconworshipplz::icondiffeomorphism:
sbfan101909's avatar
He's a boy actually, so it should be GOD, but I agree, it's a very good tutorial. 
shimatheglaceon's avatar
I'm favoriting this in hopes i can make a plush too
ClayCraftz's avatar
For people who suddenly change their mind about wanting the plushie, you can always take a deposit from them in the beginning Happy 
Izlude's avatar
I have some software that designs plush dolls (easytoy/patternimage)  only problem is that I don't know which machine to go with >.<   Here's my specs:

-Want a good size area for embroidery.
-To be able to embroider custom images (my own digital art, including eyes/mouth for plush and then other designs things for bags and clothes)... none of that limited stuff where you can only use patterns built into the machine.
-I think there's machines that use software that is "pay per month"  and I'd like to avoid that... one that accepts some kinda open format where you don't have to pay monthly.
-Cheap!!! Budget between 300-500.
-MUST be a combo sewing and embroidery.

Would be grateful to your suggestion :)

Note, I was looking at the Ruby Royale, that looks like the ultimate machine... except it's over 2000 dollars lol.. If I generate enough money with my projects, I'll definitely buy that, but for now, looking for a cheap solution that does all the listed :D  Thanks!!!
NinthTale's avatar

Hey I know this is from ages ago, but I'm trying to find out how to get PatternImage.. Any leads on how to get hold of it..?

Izlude's avatar

sorry im late to reply >.< i sent you a PM. sorry i haven't logged in until just now.

Izlude's avatar

hiya! sorry im late to reply... like way late >.< i haven't logged in on here in ages and i came back in because i'm starting to make headway on a project :3


yes i still have the program if you're interested. lemmy know if you need a link. there is a process to getting it to work. if need be, i'll give you the full instructions.

joshua-kiryuu's avatar

hey do you still have the program? i can't seem to find any way to get patternimage anywhere,

Izlude's avatar

check chat :)

Autumnspiraler's avatar
This was SO HELPFUL. I’m making merchandise to support my YouTube Chanel and my viewers tell me they want a plush... so, I managed to make one using this guide! THANK YOU!
Nakouwolf's avatar
I haven't read all the tuto yet, but from what I've seen and heard it's really helpful! I want to try, so someday I'm sure to use it and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your knowledge, that's awesome! :huggle:
ObsessioKnight's avatar
You've inspired me, thanks so much for this guide, STAY AWESOME!
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