oh...i can't give away my pattern...it's a sewing stars secret...just print the pattern page and copy the pieces onto cardstock. then cut them out and trace around the pattern pieces onto the fabric you want to use. sew together the head, then the body and then arms. then stuff it, and stitch the pieces togther by hand.
that is a pretty good word for it, plumpy. i attach the heads a little over halfway up the back. i never thought of using rice. i have just been using stuffing, and on the velvet ones putting in beanie butts, and stuffing the rest.
i recently re-did my dining room, it had been painted with two black walls and two blood red walls from the previous tennants. it was UGLY to say the least!
here is what it looks like now:
I painted the chair (from salvation army) another shade of lime green and re-upolstered the seat with the orange fake velvet. I really like how it turned out. I also made the curtains. I was going for a retro 50's look.
I hope it inspires someone to go for that lime green!
For the small ones, they are about 8"tall, and the big one is 16"tall. I have been making the small ones out of stretchy velvet because when i stuff them they fill out really well, but you can make them out of anything. The big one is made out of shaggy lime fur.