It's been a LONG time since I've been here. I came back because I realized no one on Facebook would even have a clue as to what I was talking about (Lisa makes cute things, friends are notsocrafty.) and then it didn't seem right on the company blog... So I came back here.
I plushed. Yup. I made a plush version of a figgy pudding. And while the results look good, I learned so much. The hard way. The pattern design, I think, was the the easiest part. But I screwed up on my time estimate. I have a toddler, and they ALL have ADHD, so I had to stop OFTEN. Sometimes every three seconds it seemed. Cutting, estimate correct. Sewing the base, estimte correct. Sewing the holly leaf, a little longer than I estimated, the holly berries... I am surprised I did not run my head through the sewing machine. I made the original, put it on my personal facebook page, and then my sister wanted one (free, of course) and then my niece wanted one (free, of course), then she wanted one for her friend (said she'll pay me later)... then the friends started buying, and then I needed to make more for the shop... well, you can see the basis for the pain of the holly berries. UGH.
Little round balls. Little round balls of fleece. No bigger than an inch in diameter. For the prototype, I tried to machine baste it. That FAILED miserably. Not to mention that when you step away, your child 'adjusts' the little knobs and gives her version of precision tension... which leads to crying by the adult. And the head/desk thing. Then a headache.
SO I turned to hand-basting and gathering, stitching a little circle after I stuff to hide the opening and some of the gathering. Yeah, that's a fine idea for ONE, not 15. I did 6 that way before I attempted to find an alternate. Next variation, I snipped it into a tapered plus sign and machine sewed the edges, but still needed the needle too much afterward. Next time I think I have a fix, but I won't know how much of a win/fail it will be until I test it.
I did feel that after 45 red berries, they were now clown noses.
BUT after the berries came the even 'funner' part... attaching the berries to the pudding... with a SHORT needle. Don't know why that one didn't hit me at the store. Hmm, yeah, a short needle would be so much fun (so much fun that I confused my fingers with thimble wearing fingers.). Next day: Doll needle, strong thread...
The faces were the easiest since I've been doing them for 5 years now, just on a much larger scale this time.
Have I even mentioned that in reality, I can't even stand figgy pudding. But the plush, he's cute.