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3D Plush Curls Tutorial

Since I am currently working on 4 Sweetie Belles at once and have pieces all over the place, I thought I'd make a tutorial on how I do my 3D curls. This tutorial assumes that you know the basics of plush sewing and have all the required gear for such an endeavor. Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to answer them for you! My apologies for the file size, but any smaller and it would have been hard to see the stitches.

One thing I forgot to add was stuffing the curl itself; DON'T OVERSTUFF 'EM. This will make them hard to bend into position and sew down. At the same time, you want to make sure you have enough stuffing to keep the curl nice and plump so it doesn't look deflated. Firm is bad for curls; full but squishy is perfect. :D

Hope you find this helpful!
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Pikachueviaseedling's avatar
This is super helpful as i'm making a plush of a Lagora from ever oasis, which have curled tails.
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So glad it was helpful! :D
toyhermit's avatar
This is really useful, thanks for sharing!
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You're very welcome. I'm glad it's helpful!
FPDC's avatar
yeeeeeesssssssssss thanks !!!
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shadowkitty13's avatar
would you recommend this for complete curl tails as well? like a cinnamon bun tail?
The-Crafty-Kaiju's avatar
Hmmm, I'm sure the concept would work with some tweaking. I'd use a flat ribbon-type shape with batting in the middle instead of stuffing; that will fluff it up a bit without making it hard to roll up. :)
paperhana's avatar
Thanks so much for the tutorial!  I look forward to trying 3D curls :)
westmacott's avatar
This is such a useful tutorial, thank you So much! <3
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You're very welcome. :D
SanadaOokmai's avatar
very nice- and perfect timing! I was just working on a pattern for cadences main and this is exactly what I needed~ thanks :)
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Glad you found it helpful! Good luck with Cadance and her yards of hair. ;)
Oomles's avatar
this is incredibly useful! I would've never thought about making curls this way.
The-Crafty-Kaiju's avatar
Thank you! I couldn't think of how else to do them, honestly, and I'm not a fan of flat satin-stitched curl effects. It's more of a pain to do, but it looks so much better. :D
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