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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cactus for the <3 on: May 02, 2010 08:13:51 PM

The bf requested for a cactus so that he can decorate his desk at his work place. <3

Made a shorter one to go with the tall one. : )
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ai Alien Felt Toy Tutorial (img intensive) on: April 28, 2010 08:24:42 AM

I made this tutorial quite a while ago, but I'd still like to share it here. : )

Ai is an alien who had came to Earth seeking for its truth love. With the heart in its arms, it is able to identify its love and pursue from there Cheesy With this tutorial I am hoping that it will make it easier for Ai to be able to find its love. ^^ Keep me posted if youve made an Ai Alien!

I have been wanting to make a tutorial on how I make plushies and I finally got down to make one. Its my first tutorial so I hope that I dont miss anything or confuse anyone, if I do, please let me know and I will try to clarify ^_^ Hope this tutorial will help you all in making your own plushie.

First I fold a piece of paper into half and one one side of the paper I start to draw the shape that I want, as u can see on my piece of folded paper, there are a lot of different shapes as I was experimenting and brainstorming at the same time.

After deciding the shape, I used my craft scissors to cut the folded piece of paper along the line. When I unfold the paper, I will get n equal side of the whole shape.

There are a few ways to cut the felt with the pattern on it, one way is to pin the pattern onto the felt and the other way is to use scotchtape to tape the pattern onto the felt to prevent the pattern to run while cutting. The scotch-tape dont actually affect the felt that much, unless they are super sticky.

With a pair of fabric scissors (I only use it to cut fabrics and nothing else) I go along the edge of the pattern and cut off the excess felt. Following as close and slowly as possible to get the curves out nicely.

After awhile, the shape of Ai is out. ^_^ I cut out the second piece and put them aside.

Next part will be the eyes. I have a compass cutter to help me cut out perfect circles, but a simple compass and a pair of scissors will do the job too. Again, I taped the eyes pattern onto the felt and start to cut them out.

I want Ais eyes to sparkle, so I want a star for its eyes. On a piece of folded paper, I drew half side of the spark out, cut along the line and here is my spark taped on a piece of white felt waiting for me to cut it out.

Once I have Ais purple eyes and white sparkles ready, I threaded my needle with white thread and start sewing the spark onto each eyes. I also prepared 2 different size white sequins to make the eyes even more adorable ^___^

Place the eyes on each side of the face and sew them on, I dont really limit myself with changes during the making of my plushies, so I like to play around with placements to see how it is like before I sew them on.

After the eyes are sewn on, I go on with the mouth. I always try to fold the felt into half to roughly catch where the center point is, after that I sew an inverted wide V as shown in the photo above. The inverter V acts as a guideline for my embroidery of the mouth.

A simple diagram of how the stitch is like. Smiley This is how the face look like after the stitching and everything is done. The pink blushes are optional Cheesy I just add them in to increase its cuteness Tongue

I need a heart for Ai, so here is a heart for it. My favorite stitch for felt sewing is blanket stitch, this stitch holds the felt edges together very well Cheesy as you can see my stitches are very close together, I just prefer them close, but you dont have to follow my type of stitching ^__^

After the heart, I prepare the arms of Ais. Stitch them up together and stuff them with little bit of polyfiber, not too much so that Ai can hold the heart without straining.

When everything prepared, the face, heart and arms. I start to sew Ais body together. As you can see in the picture, I have 3 sets of sewing routes that I will start and stop for filling Ai with polyfiber. First I started from the left of the pink route working all the way to the right, I will pause my stitching there and fill Ai with polyfiber. (continue later with how I insert the fillings)

After finishing filling the head, I continue to stitch the blue route, end somewhere between the legs, insert polyfiber to Ais left leg and body. Continue with purple route and stop somewhere in the middle of purple route to insert some polyfiber into Ais right leg, continue stitching. At the end of the purple route, leave about 1 to 2cm gap to fill in the rest of the polyfiber, when I am done with filling up, I stitch till I meet the starting of pink route and end my thread there after making a knot and hiding it.

Blanket stitching again.

Here Ill talk about stuffing to get to the smaller areas like the tentacles on Ais head, Ill stuff them up with small amount of polyfiber first. I used my finger to push the filling into Ais head first, then with a small wooden stick with blunt end, I move the filling into the tentacles, filling them up one by one.

make sure they get all filled up so that the shape will stay up nicely Smiley After filling all the tentacles, I grabbed more filling and push them gently into Ais head to fill up the bigger area.

at the same time, I also pinned Ais arms on its body.

Ais head filled up previously, when I continue the sewing route, I will occasionally insert more fillings to its neck to make sure it get filled up firmly and not wobble later. As u can see the place where I paused at sewing, I have sewn Ais arm together with its body.

Here Im at the end of the blue sew route and I am stuffing Ais left leg.

Here Ive paused the sewing at half of purple route and stuffing Ais right leg.

To make sure that the stuffing are spread out evenly, I uses big and small wooden sticks and my finger to move the fillings around. Rounded wooden disposable chopsticks are recommended, but I sand them to get off all the splinters before I use them to stuff my plushies. I dont want any splinters in my plushies or letting the stick caught my polyfiber.

Here, Ive left 1 to 2cm of gap before ending my sewing route to fill up the remaining places especially the neck and middle of body.

Closing the last gap of Ai. In the past, I used to tie a knot after ending and try to figure out ways to hide my knot, it was a nightmare now I dont tie knots anymore. once Ive completed the sewing, I will insert the needle at A or as close as where Ive ended the sewing and let the needle come out at B and pull the needle out letting the thread at caught in between the stitches. Sometimes I will go along the stitches a few times to make it more secure, but just make sure that it doesnt show up in the stitches or else it might look ugly.

I hope Ive shared something useful through this tutorial. Thanks for reading. ^^
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Moving from felt to fleece or? on: November 09, 2009 01:51:15 AM
I have been crafting with polyester felt for my tiny plushies as it is available to me where I live. But these felt don't last long if I make them into something that people would wanna snuggle and cuddle. The surface would felt up and balls would appear. So I have been thinking of moving on to another material that I can use to make bigger plushies but I am not sure what to get, I've only heard of fleece, but I don't see them in stores here.

Any suggestions for type of material I can use and where I can get them online?

Thank you in advance~

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt plushies (updated 01/06/06) on: May 29, 2006 07:43:11 AM

made some bigger plushies, completely handsewn with felt and thread.. etc
Original patterns and one of a kind, won't be able to reproduce the same ones anymore. Smiley

Strawberry mint bun

Candy Floss Bunny

Sweetest bunny ever! Smiley Made from original pattern that I've created from an illustration I made.
It's made of felt and polyfill, measuring about 9inches tall and 5inches wide. Completely handsewn with lots of love.

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / cellphone cozy, bag and amigurumi on: February 07, 2006 12:15:33 AM
i've been busy for awhile and haven't been posting here  Smiley hope that everyone is doing well!

here are some of the stuff that i made recently... piling up. ^^;

sunny side up pins, cell charms.. etc

Panpan panda

Pinkpan panda

Little Doggy with sunny side up <3

first and 2nd cellphone cozies. they helped me improve Smiley

recent projects ^^ a small bag for me to keep my wallet, cellphone and keys
and the new colorful cozy with pretty button for myself and the black and white cozy for my bf's cell
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My amigurumi(s) collection on: January 13, 2006 01:49:53 AM
Had been crocheting these days.. Smiley these are the little guys that I've made...



Jean is a handsome and cool bear with a detachable scarf around his neck. He is around 4 1/2" tall. Filled with Poly-pellets and polyful in his body and head. (ya, i finally bought some poly-pellets from the art store)

p/s: personally, i love jean a lot!! XD Love his cute little button tail!


Miss Capsule is a sweet little capsule that is full of love power. ^^ She measures at about 4" tall and around 2 1/2" wide.

Little chick tumbler ^^


7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bunbun on: January 05, 2006 08:42:15 AM

This is cute little Bunbun.

She is around 4inches tall and 2inches width. ^^ She has beads as her eyes and blue and white yarn stripes around her belly around. she's in peach color 100% acrylic yarn.

Likes: whip cream & summer
Dislike: coffee, water & cold ears

she is filled with polyfill and black beans. Please let her stay out of water.. she or you won't wish that the black beans in her might sprout. hehe. But it would be ok to have damp cloth to wipe her if she gets slightly dirty or dusty.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Types of hooks on: January 04, 2006 11:15:10 PM
Hi all Smiley
I am new to crochet.. just started recently. I have some hooks that ranges from 1mm to 4mm but they are all metal hooks. I am that sort of person who are afraid of the sound made when metal and metal hit together. ^^; I'll get goosebumps. (i think it's similar to hearing chalk board scratches or balloon scatches?? just that i'm only sensitive to metal against metal or against my desk surface)

so i am thinking of investing a little on hooks that are made of other materials.

i did a search on those Crystalites Crochet Hooks in here and seems like plastic hooks snap easily.  Undecided
how about bamboo hooks? do they snap? where is best to get them online? Smiley

I hope i'll get some help here Cheesy
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Lenny the rabbit (ami) on: January 04, 2006 08:20:30 PM
Lenny the rabbit! Cheesy (lotsa pics in here, hope u all dont mind.  Embarrassed)

my ami is getting bigger each time hehehe...

while i was making it, i couldn't decide its face, so i made a drawing of it before i proceed...

the making of Lenny

Lenny is 10inches tall without its ears, it is 13 and a half inches tall with his ears straight. ^^ this time its eyes are safely secured inside unlike bear's eyes which were glued on. I use 1.75mm needle and 4ply 100% acrylic yarns.

actually i was intending to let Lenny go to a new home, possible a home with more room for it, because we are running out of space here. but, when I found out more about the silica gel that I put in Lenny, I am worried that it may harm the new owner.

you see, i find that the bottle of silica gel seems to work well as those craft pellets. i used the gel to make some other things for my own use and I don't find there's problem with it. but after reading that some gel might be harmful when contact or inhale in huge amount, i am reluctent to put Lenny up for adoption. I am not sure how huge amount will cause harm or maybe some people will be sensitive to this type of things. So I am pretty disappointed to find that out, although i should have find out about it earlier instead of regretting now.
( i bought the blue silica gel to keep my cam equipment dry, but i dont really use them. the are those indicator type, that will turn pink and then transparent when exposed to air after sometime)

So I guess Lenny will stay with us. Smiley other than that, I am proud of it. *muacks Lenny*

for the coming trip to spotlight, I will be getting more polyester filling, eyes and Polypropylene craft pellets. Smiley i just hope that my crafts are hazard free. at least human/health harzard free... if not kids hazard free Tongue

if you have any alternatives about fillings to increase weight of dolls, could you please suggest some to me? i know that i can use beans, but the craft might need to avoid water if i use beans...

Lenny and the mushroom

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Nameless bear (Amigurumi) on: December 29, 2005 08:33:12 AM
i finally finished him. Cheesy took awhile to finish him though.. i almost gave up lol.. but i am glad that i continued ^^

althought he can't stand very well, he sits in a very cute way, i didn't make him in the way that he can stand, but of cos he can lean against something ^^

he stands around 7 1/2 inches or 20cm. have some beads in his butt, feet and hands.

do you like him? ^^ I haven't think of a name for him yet.. not sure what to name him  Undecided

the making of it. sorry, didn't take the full process ^^;
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