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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: happy cloud and rainbow toy -- with TUTORIAL! on: July 21, 2012 03:18:25 AM
That cloud is so sweet  Grin
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bub, the Globe Trotting Alien on: July 16, 2012 10:18:12 AM
Awww he is lovely, and what a great idea  Smiley

Thank you! I can't claim credit for the ideas though!

I've had some plushie visitors, so I've added some links to them incase anyone is interested.  Grin
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bring me sunshine - Whatever the weather! on: July 16, 2012 09:07:02 AM
Lately we have had some pretty horrible weather; lots of rain and cloud. It is meant to be summer, isn't it?

Anyway, I thought I'd try and cheer people up and bring them a little bit of sunshine, regardless of what the weather is doing outside.

He is made from poly/cotton and stuffed with polyester stuffing. He's very squishie: good for cuddles!

This sun is my first plushie to be sewn using my sewing machine. He started off as a project to practice using my machine, but once finished I couldn't resist stuffing him.

I then decided to add some sunglasses and a nice smile! His face is made from felt and sewn on my hand.

Hope you like him. He's also on my blog http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=311

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Spiky Hedgehog on: July 08, 2012 05:47:37 AM

I do like the pink hedgehog with the triangles sewn on. Super cute!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Spiky Hedgehog on: July 08, 2012 05:05:16 AM
This is one of my early plushies; a pin cushion hedgehog with the spikes made from pins

He is made from felt, stuffed with polyester filling, and was hand-sewn

Here he is without his spikes. He looks a bit bald, but he's much more cuddly!

I used my own pattern, which i later adapted to make my badger and pigs

Here's my badger on my blog http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=58
and on Craftster https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409464.0

Here's my pigs on my blog http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=168
and on Craftster https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408500.0

For more information and photos of my hedgehog please visit my blog http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=295

I realise that he's not really a plaything as such, even though his new owner does play with him!

I think I might remake him, but with softer (and more cuddly) spikes. Any ideas on how to do this?
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bub, the Globe Trotting Alien on: July 07, 2012 08:34:24 AM
Thanks  Grin

I was visited my first plushie this week. It was a super cute little bat. I haven't uploaded photos of it here, as obviously it isn't my work. It's so lovely though! I've written about it on my website if anyone is interested.  Cheesy
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bub, the Globe Trotting Alien on: July 05, 2012 01:57:04 PM
Meet Aliebub, or Bub for short.

He's a flat alien plushie based on an earlier round alien I made, called Alibum (pronounced Ay-lee-bum).

Here's links to Alibum on Craftster https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407880.0 ... and on my blog http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=149

And here's some different versions I drew before choosing Bub's final design http://what-a-stitch-up.deviantart.com/gallery/37718095#/d53q53d

Bub is made from felt and lightly stuffed with polyester filling. He is one of my first toys to be machine sewn. I was a little nervous about using the machine, as Im still learning how to use it and I tend to panic whenever something goes wrong! Luckily, everything went well and Im really pleased with how he turned out.

I made Bub especially for a project called The Plushies Around the World Project or PAWP for short http://plushie-database.deviantart.com/journal/The-Plushies-Around-the-World-Project-PAWP-306902211, run by a group called the Plushie Database http://plushie-database.deviantart.com/ on Deviant art. This is an organised project in which group members make a plushie which they then send to other members in different countries all over the world. At each destination the plushie picks up a flag to show where it has been. There are only a few simple rules, including that the plushies must be fairly small and as flat as possible. This is why Bub is a 2-D plushie, unlike most of my creations which are 3-D.

Bub has become a little bored in our flat in Portsmouth, England. I don't blame him; we don't have much of a view.

So Bub was really excited by the project and made me sign up straight away. I started contacting other members and got 7 responses back pretty promptly. So far we can confirm that Bub will be travelling to Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. We are still waiting to hear from two other potential locations.

I made Bub a little England flag so he could show off where he was from. The other flags will be sewn onto his body as he collects them.

Now hes all ready to explore the rest of the world and meet lots of new people!

Im also very excited. Not only does my plushie get to travel the world, going to places that at the moment I can only dream of going to, I also get to meet other peoples plushies and add to their flag collections. It feels great to be part of a large project and make contact with other people from around the globe with similar interests.

I will be tracking Bub's progress around the world and showing off my plushie visitors on my blog. The first entry (similar to this post) is here http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=253 and future posts will be listed here http://www.whatastitchup.com/?cat=63. Let me know if you'd like me to track his journey here too.

If you live in a different country than those listed and you would like Bub to visit you, then let me know. I'm sure he'd be frilled to meet you  Cheesy

Also... I know that people participate in swaps on Craftster and I wondered where I could get more information. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as well as any information on other cool projects.

Thanks for reading. I hope you like Bub! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he won't get lost in the post!  Grin



I've had a few plushie visitors!

A Bat from Germany http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=260

A Hot Air Balloon from Australia http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=334

A Birdie from Canada http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=346

They are pretty amazing! Hope you like them.

Belgium - where he met a Nightfury! http://www.whatastitchup.com/?p=365
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Badger! on: July 04, 2012 12:27:26 PM
Thank you!  Cheesy

Badger Badger Badger Badger ...
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Snake! on: July 04, 2012 12:26:48 PM
Thanks guys  Smiley
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Snake! on: June 16, 2012 07:09:01 AM
Hi everyone,

Just a quick little post to show you a small and simple little soft toy I made.

This is Schnaaakie

He's a mini snake who likes to help my husband with coding in a particular computer language called Python.

He is made from felt, hand-sewn and stuffed with polyester filling.

He measures 12.5cm long, from the tip of his tail to the end of his tongue.

Although he is very simple, I am quite pleased with him. I love his colour and shape, and he has perfect neat little stitches.  Smiley

I hope you like him. I'm planning on making a few more; maybe making them into key-rings.

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