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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Basic idea for plushie. Need suggestions. on: January 25, 2013 12:04:22 PM
Could anyone please direct me to some good online stores that sell fabrics, and supplies like button eyes and such? I'm looking for good quality but not like over the top expensive. I've seen some fabrics go for 40dollars per yard. Kinda crazy because five years ago when I used to have a fabric store near the stuff went for like 5 dollars to 12 dollars a yard and the MOST would be 15 and 20 (20 if it was over the top quality). I feel like 40 dollars is a rip off because when I go onto etsy and see sellers selling stuffed animals with high quality fur for a lesser price than that it kinda makes me wonder-- how do they even make the money they lost?

Not saying what I'm going to do is going to be sold. But saying it just doesn't add up. Please and thank you.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: 3 Foot Monstroctopus! on: January 23, 2013 12:44:40 PM
Jeez ! All of your stuff is amazing! Good work
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Gibble Monsters! on: January 23, 2013 12:41:59 PM
Oh my gosh! I've seen your work so far-- I love every bit of it! I can see you going into the designer toy industries! Watch out plushandplastic! there's a new person in town! Grin Anywho. Do you do tutorials on how to do stuff like that? That'd be great to see a youtube video of something complicated like that and teach others step by step on how to do that without messing up. Giving tips and techniques~ would be awesome. Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sock Monkey! With tutorial.. on: January 23, 2013 12:37:06 PM
Thank you this has inspired me! I now have thought of new ideas!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Mooseloaf and Mooseslices on: January 23, 2013 12:33:30 PM
That's actually very creative! I always love chimera like plushies.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: WIP: Princess and Pea Numbers Game on: January 23, 2013 12:31:26 PM
It looks well made. Smiley Good job
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Basic idea for plushie. Need suggestions. on: January 23, 2013 12:30:13 PM
Okay so I took the advice of some members here and decided to start "small" (Figuratively), and go with a simpler projects... So I decided to make sketches of what I'd like to make so far.... Now all of these would be relatively large in size. I don't like small stuffed animals for some odd reason. SO minimum over all height would be 20inches. Preferably 34inches.

I'll be posting some pictures soon.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to crafting. Help needed. :) on: January 18, 2013 04:29:09 PM
For the bears I may go with a vinyl type material. I know it's not cuddley but it's mainly for display.

As for the washing. I have thrown some in the washing machine, some I will not. Like a donkey kong plush 1980's version. Vinyl face hands and feets, thing was made by etone. Those are vastly rare(the larger version ones). That I'm thinking of hand washing him and letting him dry. Mainly to disinfect. I'm a neet freak, and I like my things sanitized. I have a ton and I mean A TON of stuffed animals. Probably now like 70+ and growing. 2 really huge ones. (5-7feet in body length= excluding legs and ears), 6 large ones(2feet to 3feet tops/ excluding legs on some as well ear measurments. These include a shaggy sheep dog thats made by chosun, very beautiful, and another dog made by 24k polar puff special effects inc, the other are by unknown makers. Like this mule which is quite odd and adorable, a big fluffy ducky and another I can't quite recall).

I also have medium sized ones (1.5feet to 2feet) this includes a carebear which is in mint condition, some "kawaii" plush, and others from japan, the small ones are assorted and too many to name. I also have some I place in the odd category such as ufo catcher prizes, carnival prizes, etc. I won 3 ufo catchers(all big domo-kuns), 5 carnival prizes(Not the corny looking ones with super bright colors), and 1 which I'm not sure where it is but it's a handmade rabbit plush.

All of these have been washed in the washer in the lowest setting(delicate/handwash, cold cold water, low speed spin). They all have been washed with plenty of detergent and softner to prevent any matting or other issues when you air dry things. Only one plush I put in the dryer with long fur which was the polar puff pooch(33inch tall) his head fur got a bit matted, the rest is fine. The other pooch I bravely put it in the dryer for five minutes on low setting/delicates/low heat... Before which I had to comb to prevent the fur to dry in place. After which it lost a bit of fur(a hand full but the stuffed animal is sooooo furry that you don't even know it was there), then after it dried up to "moist" I had once again combed it dry and let it air dry the rest of the moisture.

Now as for the sewing part. I'm hoping to do a mix of both.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to crafting. Help needed. :) on: January 17, 2013 08:04:49 AM
I thought that I would indeed need to start small. But I just wondered if I could possibly work myself up to those rather quickly? I really want to make a huge stuffed rabbit. And I got new ones too! Like a platypus, hedgehog,  ducky, dino(in a yoshi style though-- big nose, big eyes just cute).

Is there anything that could be coined "kawai"? I'd like to make things you see on the japanese stuffed animals. I have a few. Not sure what show they're from, but they're adorable! the face is like this  (:3) and one like (:x) and (:<)

Also I have this paddington bear I bought on ebay. I kinda used him to practice washing stuffed animals. Since one of my favorite ones, now has matted hair on the top(I'm trying to fix that), and I kinda tried using a blow dryer as I read online would be good for sensitive plush. I accidentally put the thing too near the stuffie and it has a mark on its belly.

I'd like to make good quality clothes for it. I know it usually wears felt clothing. But I do not like felt. It's horrible to my sense of touch. I want to make that big rain coat he usually carries with the large hat.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to crafting. Help needed. :) on: January 16, 2013 12:04:02 PM
Things I forgot to mention(sorry just so excited to take on this new adventure!)... Here's what I'd like to be able to do:

Non-complex(still complex for a beginner I assume):

1)A stuffed rabbit, like the ones sold on easter(like the ones on the pharmacies), I'd like to make it with lop ears that fall down to the toes. I wanted to do the bunny tail too

2)A stuffed mole( kinda more like a mario bros monty mole)

3)A raccoon

4)A baby chicken(like the chickadee)

5)A bat

6)A mouse

7)A kappa

8)A penguin

9)A puppet creature(not an actual puppet, just looks like its a puppet)

Complex stuffies(all include vinyl)

1)A turtle(Vinyl shell, claws and beak)-- mainly a snapping turtle or a loggerhead musk turtle. I wanted the shell to be realistic to the very dot! I keep turtles so I can provide pictures or link to pictures!

2)A deku scrub(vinyl face only)

3)A mouse ver2(Vinyl face, claws, feet)

4)A kappa ver2(Vinyl shell, claws, face, and part of the head)

5)A troll(vinyl face, claws, feet)

Sorry if this is a lot. I just want to know with which I should start first. These are all that I want to do in total.

I want to make these big like 2ft and some 4ft! Also I actually wanted then to be 3 dimensional and not flat

I like this one alot
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