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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 The reason for this is that links and videos can become outdated all the time, and part of the process of learning is being able to go out and find these resources.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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CallmeMarco 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much you dont understand the impact its made on me! As a beginner at sewing I get easily discouraged, and hardly inspired especially compared to many other plush artists out there.
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Diffeomorphism 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! Getting discouraged is definitely all part of the process. My first few plushies were definitely a little lackluster, and even now I'll feel like I can't get a pattern right or that something's not coming out as I'd hoped. 
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CallmeMarco 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would you mind if I saw a first attempt?
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Diffeomorphism 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can see the first Helioptile plush I made on my 2013 in review picture. (I used to have it up on my dA but I got tired of looking at it so I stashed it =P) That was indeed the first plush I ever made. I was pretty thrilled at the time, but looking back, it definitely could've used some work, haha. I wasn't too happy about how Furret came out either, looks a little more bug-eyed than I had wanted.
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CallmeMarco 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its actually pretty good for a first try I can't even manage to make flat plushies, but I'm going to try making a 4 piece sphere (dango?) so thank you <3
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Diffeomorphism 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, no problem, good luck! It's really is all just practice, practice, practice.
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CallmeMarco 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Saraz Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You really inspired me! I was thinking of making plushies for so long now and after reading this I am so motivated like i never was before. Plus I kinda feel like in a dark hole at the moment, where nothing of my hobbies is making any fun any more and I was so depressed about that.
So I really hope this will be a hobby a can put my time and feelings into. Thank you so much!
I'll be right off to my mother after work to get some of her old fabric to start practice.

THANK YOU!
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GH0STgalaxy Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this guide! I've wanted to learn to make plushies for ages but I never knew how to start. I have most of the supplies already plus some sewing experience, so I think I'll try it out. ;u;
The thing is though...I'd have no idea what to do for the eyes of the plush. I know I could use felt or buttons, but I think having the eyes embroidered on would look best. I don't know how to embroider things by hand or have the machine for it though. Are there any tutorials/videos you'd recommend I see to learn how to embroider things(by hand, of course)...?
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