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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 The reason for this is that links and videos can become outdated all the time, and part of the process of learning is being able to go out and find these resources.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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DekiiGrupo Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you very much!!! so helpfull!
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Artisan Crafter
Is ok If I share this in my fan page in facebook? ^^ is really cool! 
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Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure, no problem! If someone with your skill level thinks it's worth sharing then I'm pretty happy =P
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Artisan Crafter
www.facebook.com/ChibiPets?ref… thanks! 

Thanks for your kind words too 
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HadesCreations Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
~Hugs so much an gives much love~ you - have made my day~! I 've been searching for something on how to do decent plushes and felt like I was doing bad but I'm so happy this has been shown to me~! <3
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Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad I could help! Even if this tutorial didn't provide too much specific pattern advice =P
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HadesCreations Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's helped a lot more than some guides I've found ^~^;
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SadHandle Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I have a question: I just made my first plush ever (caterpie!) and the issue I had with him was that once I stitched him up I could see the stitches on the outside, even though I did them on the inside. My ladder stitches weren't visible but my regular ones were. How do I avoid this in the future, as I don't plan on using a sewing machine any time soon.
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Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A lot of times it actually just depends on the fabric you use. I know that generally when I sew fleece by hand the stitches tend to be quite visible; fleece definitely seems to look much nicer when it's machine-sewn. However, for minky, which I use for all my plush, generally I can hand sew without stitches being visible from the outside, mostly because the fuzz covers the seams up. Other than that, I'm not sure I can offer much advice; just pay attention to the spacing and tension of your stitches, and perhaps consider using a backstitch.
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SadHandle Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I tried backstitches actually on part of him and I found them to be more visible. I am using fleece. I don't think it helped that I was using white thread on green fleece ^^;;
Thanks for your help though :) and getting back to me so fast
Also one other thing and I promise I'll leave you alone lol! I use knots from my ladder stitches and they are VERY visible. Any tricks for hiding them? Or different knots? I've been using french knots for the top stitched details, but I don't think I can do that :/
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