A family friend was actually interested in my plush animals, and wanted me to make a few for her kids. She has a little boy who she wanted a pillow for (which I made the sea slug/ Nudibranch; it is his FIRST actual pillow!) and a frog that he could carry around (his first stuffed animal as well). For her little girl, she wanted a pink princess pony cause her daughter loves ponies and horses. I found a great pony pattern from a user named voodoo-tiki on DA who has many great patterns and tutorials on how you can make your own ponies/ horses.
I am also working on revising and creating patterns. I made up a few laying down patterns (I have one for horses/ ponies, cats, dogs, etc) because I intend on going to some craft fairs and want to make up a variety of animals for my display, and have been gathering feedback from locals on what they and their kids like. I am also trying to try different things. Not to mention where I am, it is very, very country so horses, ponies, pigs, cows, roosters- farm animals and farm life in general is very, very popular. Since people around here have been complimenting me on the pony I made I decided I would go and make up my own pattern. There is a mini pony/ horse pattern I am working on as well. I honestly never thought I would be making ponies. It's defiantly a switch from my usual, and I am glad that people like it. I purposely wanted it to look different than the usual ponies I see in the style of the actual cartoons.
I also was surprised that people adored the little frog I made, so I plan on making some more frogs as well. Plus I love frogs myself.
So for the new pattern- I decided I would try out an axolotl (of course I did). I think for the axolotls I will make the tail smaller and wider; cause it is very hard to get the tail fin to fit in such a small area. I think this pattern needs a little more poof to it. I still am in debate if I want the heads of the animals to be up like this one, or make it level with the body. Oh the decisions!
I am really excited to be doing all this new stuff, and if anybody has any advice on patterns, animals to make, colors, craft booth ideas, etc it would be greatly appreciated! I have worked many craft booths before with the company I design for, but I have been requested by various people to start working on my own booth because I make such "unique" items, I should show it and share them. So I am very excited to be involved locally and being able to network with other talented crafters around the area. It truly is a wonderful community to get involved in, and I feel so much more inspired to try new things.
I have had quite a few plush toys I made since the last time I posted, PLUS- now I have a hang tag tutorial! Learn to make your own hang tags and the tools you need to do so. I always wanted to put one together- and seeing I was a design/ print student (got my degree in design)- I always made my own tags, cards- everything. Well now I can share some of the tools I use and hopefully can help those out who want to start branding their own name and identity. It adds that finishing touch; and if you are looking to sell (craft fairs, online, etc) a warning label is a great addition. I have the tutorial and even a template you can download on my Tylonproducts site; which is linked in my profile. I have a step-by-step tutorial as well to make your own hang tags using the template provided to you on the site.
Now for the plush critters I made to start off with this incredibly long post. I made some cute tadpoles (baby frogs) in pink and blue. I actually created a pattern and made my Axolotl, Vicious, in all minky- and also made up 4 other axolotl plushies for the non-profit I sew for; Lotllove.
My new axolotl pattern! My first try making my axolotl, Vicious-
A bunch of other axolotls with the pattern for Lotllove
Some works in progress (were). My little cousin claimed the blue axolotl "floppy" beanie axolotl.
I had a little bit of blue minky left and made a GIANT sea slug; who is filled with beans and snuggles.
AND! to tie it all up! The hang tag tutorial! I have the template for the tags on my website in 3 different sizes you can download and customize with your own logo and info.
Enjoy! Feel free to ask if you have any questions; or if you find a spelling-error please tell me! Sometimes spell check skips certain things.
Originally I was out and about and found these dragonfly and butterfly charms somewhere, and decided I would add a little something to it to make it less... plain, if you ask me. So I took a few fasteners, cut up some chains, worked with a couple beads each and came up with these. The original one I trialed was indeed the dragonfly, and after getting so many compliments on it I wanted to try out a few others.
So here I have the dragonfly, butterfly, spider web (with gem I added) and wing and key.
I wanted to try something different; I have done beading before and notice the beads I use are rather common and everybody else seems to have similar ideas (found this out after attending so many craft fairs); so I wanted to step it up a notch and try out something different.
In all- I think it is rather different; a different spin to beading, but using it in a limited way. I like them on the shorter chains almost more like a choker style; because they really dangle and look conversational. I haven't had much of a chance yet to pick any up (the one I have is bulky and doesn't look as right), so I have tried these with a regular 18 inch silver chain.
People constantly give me charms and pendants, I am forever going out collecting them- then eventually I sit back and come up with this idea and have to go with it.
With all the substantial amounts of emails I have been getting from parents looking for unusual gifts for their kids- I have been putting together some rather colorful and kid-friendly plush toys for the fun of it. I have a bunch of new axolotls including my new floppy-style beanie that can pose, a couple colorful sea-slugs (nudibranchs), a Tye-dyed lizard and a couple magnet buddies which were gifts to people I work with. Unfortunately I haven't had any time to make the magnet buddy tutorial, but plan on sometime in the near future.
Anyways- I am open to ideas and suggestions for odd creatures to plush-i-fy!
First up- some new Axolotls! Three (four with the magnet buddy); A couple for the Lotllove Nonprofit I sew Axolotls for, a standing axolotl, and the floppy axolotl. I couldn't include a lot of photos due to the fact I have the tags on them, which contain the website and I understand the rules on here, so to the best of my ability I blurred out what I could. I have more photos on the Tylonproducts facebook fan page and art blog.
So first up- Axolotls for Lotllove!
Standing Axolotl. Was actually a prototype I didn't like.
Axolotl Floppy! Filled with pellets and can pose.
Now for the others- I made a couple sea slugs
And finally the two magnet buddy gifts I made; a Marbled Salamander and a Spotted Salamander!
I have been very, very busy. I have better photos and more on my site; which I didn't want to post due to the rules. So feel free to check out some of the others I made if you like. I also have much larger photos in case you want to see more of the details.
So yes- if anybody has any ideas, feel free to post!
I have been so busy with everything I forgot to post these! Anyways, after feeling so inspired I wanted to make a couple mini magnet plush critters for me to practice the pattern. So I made my pets- Muffin (the tiger salamander) and Vicious (my axolotl)- and I have had some issues with my camera as far as backgrounds go (it only photographs a white background with my plush otherwise it blurs) so apologies on that end.
Anyways- somebody I know LOVED my Muffin plush, and seeing she loves salamanders to the point she rescues them during rain storms and everything- I decided I would make her a little magnet plush of her favorite salamander, the yellow spotted one. I might actually make it into a keychain as well, seeing she might want to attach it to her backpack or something.
I have a simple pattern for this and have half of the photos of the tutorial I am making. So I will be sure to post it as soon as I finish with some other designs!
EDIT. I decided I would make a marbled salamander for somebody else to put on display!
For the past few months I have been designing and sewing for the non-profit organization, Lotllove. This organization is dedicated to raising awareness about the Axolotl, and I am honored to be able to sew and design for such a great cause. A few days ago the founder, Meghan was interested in a little magnet critter she could use at her work to promote the organization, so I decided I would take on the project by hand- and this was my result! I also did all the graphic work- I created tags and warning labels for the little plush as well. I didn't include them in this posting because all of the tags contain the website link on it, and I know the rules on here about links- so if you want to see the project and the Lotllove work I have been working on- feel free to visit my website which you can find on my profile! I am very happy with this outcome too- took about an hour or so to fully sew and work around. The worse part is something so small making the magnets stay in place. So I actually stitched inside where the hands are so the magnets can move outside the hands.
His top two hands contain magnets so he can stick to a lot of things! I have to say I had fun making him. I plan on making some more- I want to make one of my axolotl Vicious (my pink, frilly axolotl is very, very vicious hah). I also might be selling these in the near future as a part of the Lotllove donation shop.
If you love axolotls and want to be a part of a community dedicated to them- check out Lotllove sometime!
There is something about steampunk I really enjoy. The first image is my newest one I made last night (half hour). Was originally a throw together idea I had and I really ended up enjoying it. Have my special metal glue, custom chains and everything.
I have plenty of more jewelry designs on my site. Unfortunately I couldn't upload the images here due to the watermarks on them being used. You can find my art blog.
I figured I would try and share some of my jewelry designs on here. Hopefully I posted in the right category.
I see pillow-pets everywhere; I even own a couple myself. I thought it would be a cute idea if there was an axolotl pillow pet, seeing I am obsessed with axolotls myself. So today I threw together my idea- 100% completely hand sewn, took a couple hours to do. I also added instead of the velcro the usual ones have; a type of ribbon (or material) that simply ties- the material one holds together quite well.
It has been a really long time since I have posted on here. I finally got around to re-branding my website- and decided I could use my new logo (without the url). Plus I have gotten back into sewing over the past week or so! It has been about... six months or so.
So I decided I would showcase my three latest axolotl plush animals! I have been having people contact me from my older pictures on here, and figured it was about time I update with (hopefully) some new style change and improvement. I am also now working with a non-profit organization dedicated to axolotls (which is why I am really starting to buckle down), so defiantly more axolotls to come! I am now sewing for a cause! I don't want to post any information just yet, but I am excited to be working with such an incredible organization filled with such passionate people.
The first one is my newest idea- threw it together today to see how the pattern would work. I think it looks cute, second prototype for the mini-axolotl designs I have.
The second is one I did the other day trying out a new pattern; all hand sewn (my machine wasn't working). I threw it together with what fabric I could find.
So the last one I am showing is one I made around the holidays- a commission for my Dentist. He wanted his own body pillow for his chair, and he chose the colors himself.
I have an axolotl OBSESSION. I am constantly revising patterns, reworking patterns, etc. I am now in love with minky fleece as well.
Anyways, any ideas/ advice- feel free! I really want to make a plush of my tiger salamander, Muffin... but I don't think I can ever find fabric that looks like his skin. He has such a weird, weird color...
So anyways, I will just stick with axolotls. They are cute... and I have been sewing them for the past two years. It's neat to see how my pattern has changed over time.
I wanted to make one for college. He's about 5 ft, and I call him my "radioactive axolotl". Took about 3 bags of stuffing, and I was SHOCKED how fast it was to sew him. Sewed him in about 4-5 hours. The thing that took the longest was special ordering the eyes to come in
He will be sitting on my new bed come fall.
I have a TON of more plush animals and stuff on my blog, if interested. All of them are watermarked, so I can't show them on here :/ (My website automatically adds watermarks).
My Blog for more plush/ WIP shots/ ETC-http://www.blog.tylonproducts.com/?p=189