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

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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 The reason for this is that links and videos can become outdated all the time, and part of the process of learning is being able to go out and find these resources.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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Bronzewinged Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for this piece of happy text and advises. ^_^
I've no idea if it'll be of use but I fave it anyway so I do not loose it. 
What is the hardest to make plush you've done until today?
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Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! As for the hardest plush, does the first one count? =P That's always the hardest since that's when you're figuring everything out. I think Aromatisse was probably the hardest in terms of involving lots of hand stitching and being somewhat repetitive, especially when sewing on top of the faux fur. Definitely never making that one again...
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pink11219 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Artist
This is a great guide! I'm just starting to make some pony plushies after about 6+ months of not sewing. I'll always look at this as a reference if I have trouble with any projects. Thank you for making this! :D
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Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome, good luck! There's a lot of decent pony patterns out there with which to get started; Voodoo-Tiki has a lot of pony patterns and tutorials. I don't make ponies but if you have any questions feel free to let me know!
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pink11219 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks! I'm actually using their Pony Loaf pattern. It's turning out well so far. :3
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GlowingRadiance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this. I can cry. Cause, there's no place here in my country that sells those stuff....
Or maybe I just didn't see any yet... 
Though it is RARE to see a craft shop fully furnished...
I even buy yarns online...

*bawls*
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Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hm that's surprising, you'd think there's some place that at least stocks some cheap fabric. Keep your eyes peeled, I'm sure you'll find something!
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GlowingRadiance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will. I'll hunt anything cheap. Especially yarns as well... 
Hey, I can see a good business chance here. haha
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
THANK YOU for this! I needed that. :)
I can relate to the beginning of your story, I'm currently studying economy and the likes as well, nothing that has to do with making plushies. And I had a scary mean teacher that one time everybody had to take sewing classes at school, many years ago! So I got a distance from that topic. But I still love and appreciate good looking plushies. I swear those unique ones from practiced plushie makers always look better than those mass-produced plushies in stores. I'm a nit-pick like that. It became one of the reasons why I thought about making the plushies myself (I REALLY want to have a medium-sized Donphan one day).

I'll save this file! So I can read it and follow it step by step as soon as I feel brave enough to make this new kind of art. C:
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Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup, sounds a lot like me! I admired Pokemon plushies for the longest time and remember admiring like crazy anyone who could make plushies. Well, I certainly still admire plenty of plushie makers, but now it's like I really wish I had started earlier. Ah well. Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions!
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