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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 The reason for this is that links and videos can become outdated all the time, and part of the process of learning is being able to go out and find these resources.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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SPAZTASTYCK Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my God. Thank you so much for making this, this is really helpful. I have been wanting to make plushies for a while now, but I have been discouraged since I totally suck at sewing, or at least used to. I actually successfully made a sock monkey a little while ago, never thought that would happen, seeing as I broke 3 sewing machines in my 7th grade sewing class and 2 in 8th grade (on the last one I broke, I just not-so-casually moved seats and waited for somebody else to report it to the teacher...she knew I did it XD). I think I have buried talent somewhere, it's just taking a lot of blood and tears to get there. 

Anyway, I think this guide will help save me a couple ounces of blood and tears. Adding you to my watch so I can keep seeing more adorable plushies :)
Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! =) Even I'm still pretty bad with a machine, I'm trying to get better though. So far I've only broken one needle, which is a pretty good average for the 1.5 years I've had my machine, haha.
SPAZTASTYCK Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Of course :) And that's good! That's really good actually. I think I was just an idiot because I broke them all over the course of two years. Technically a few months because they were different trimesters. I think it helped to learn how to thread the bobbin correctly... XD
TheCommentator88976 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
I've favourited this to look at over and over again. I want to learn these things so I can make my own Marionette plush from Fnaf 2. I can't find any patterns for Marionette, so I'll have to make my own. Which will be tough. But I believe with enough practice I can make my Marionette plushie. I'll study the details of Marionette carefully so I can make it as good as it can be for a beginner. Reason I'm doing this is because there are no Marionette plushes for sale. Your guide should really help me make this plushie!
DekiiGrupo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you very much!!! so helpfull!
Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Is ok If I share this in my fan page in facebook? ^^ is really cool! 
Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure, no problem! If someone with your skill level thinks it's worth sharing then I'm pretty happy =P
Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014   Artisan Crafter… thanks! 

Thanks for your kind words too 
HadesCreations Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  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
Diffeomorphism Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad I could help! Even if this tutorial didn't provide too much specific pattern advice =P
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