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411  Re: Angel Rat Plushie (image Heavy) Tutorial in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Eliea on: September 03, 2006 08:44:30 PM
Okies heres a tut. I had taken some inprogress pictures but some I didn't so I'll have to use finished photo's so that you'll know what I mean. The pattern needs to be regular page sized.
Linked out becasue it's a big file.
Now you'll want to cut those out with some space around the pattern for your seam alouance. I didn't factor that into my pattern I jsut cut them out of the fabric with it.
Once you have done that you should have something like this:

(I forgot my ears and paws don't follow my example)
Flip your fabric so that it's laying with both fuzzy sides facing each other and wrong sides out.
Sew together leaving a small hole to stuff. turn inside out:

Then stuff.
I pinned the edges slightly turned under so it would be easier for sewing:

then whip stich sides together.
and you should have something like this:

Once you've done this with all your peices you can start assembling the rat. I pinned the parts in place first to make sure I put them in the right places.

Then sew them on very carefully. Make sure your stiches are tight. I had to hand sew this. I think I used a whipstich but a blanket stich works fine too.

For the tail I cut three pices of the same fabric and braided them together:

I kntted the wide part and bradied then tied a piece of stray thread around the end when I was done.
here's the finished project:

For the paws I used contrasting fabric but you could do them the same color py laying and pinning the pattern pieces together on the fabric and cut it out as one peice.
I know it's not the most detailed tut but hopefully it helps. if you have any questions on how I did anything let me know.
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412  Re: tutorial for pointy kitty!?HELP in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Eliea on: September 01, 2006 07:59:47 AM
I think you're actually doing it right. It might also be easier when using a pattern for the first time to test it with felt. Felt is very forgiving and hides mistakes well. Always but at least one sheet more than you think you need.
I'm sharing some pictures of a plushie I made in progress to help you understand pinning.

Here is a piece I am cutting out. You'll notice the pins in the fabric. And that with the pins in you can cut closer to the pattern and get your pieces more uniform.

After I cut it out I took the pins out and this is what it looks like.
After I sewed the wing. I turned it right side out and stuffed it. Notice the frayed edges where I stuffed the wings.

Here I pinned the fabric so it's turned under and can sew the edges together. You don't have to do this I jsut find it easier when sewing so you don't get any frayed edges outside of the stiches.

Smiley I hope some of that helped. Also in future if you're unsure which stich to use I recomend using a straight stich. It's a bit easier to turn your fabric that way.
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413  turtle Stuffie (4 images) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Eliea on: August 30, 2006 08:31:43 AM

Okies I made this little guy from a pair of curdory pants that were given to me. They were really nice but a size 0 and since I couldn't wear them I was determined to use them for something. Smiley The wrinkly fabric was perfect for a turtle.
I used sewingstars pattern for the body but made my own pattern for the shell and tail.
I quilted the shell to give it the "Turtly" look. Smiley I also sewed tiny little beads in to it at a few intervals.
Smiley One arm is smaller than the other because I sewed it to far in the body.
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414  My Butch Stuffie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Eliea on: August 27, 2006 04:16:20 PM
I love this pattern which Sewingstars so graciously showed us in this thread.
Here's the stuffie:


^ face close up.

I have decided to make a bunch for christmas for friends and family members since the pattern is so versitle. This was my test of the pattern made of felt and a cotton blend. (for the white parts) He's made to look like me and my hubby's kitty (butch). here's a picture of him for refrence purposes:

I embroidered the face, I think it came out pretty good for my first time embroidering.
The real butch is not aloud outside without a form of ID. Since he can escape from a collar he wears a harness. and so plushie butch has to wear one too. What do you think?
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415  Angel Rat Plushie (image Heavy)<with tut on page 2> in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Eliea on: August 19, 2006 05:41:06 PM
I made this for Devaint Art's GReat plushie Contest. I didn't place but there were so many really impressive entrys that it didn't surprise me. However I am very pleased becasue It had been awhile since I'd made a plushie and I hand sewed the whole thing. I used a bunch of scrap Faux fur for most of it. And some brown curdoroy that matched for anything non fur. I also used white cotton for the wings and purple felt for the paws. The tail was purple knit that I cut into strips and braided when the original felt tail was not big enough.
Side veiw:

Front veiw:



ears and eyes


Please ignore my microwave. The kitchen is the best lit room in the house. So I took the pictures in there.
The pattern was completely made by me. Which ment I miss made several peices and had to re-do them as I went. The head was origianlly too small so it got re-made, the tail was to wierd so I remade it with the version you see here. And I should have weighed his feet and legs down with rice or beans and didn't so he doesn't always stand up properly.
I will probably be remaking it at some point becasue it came out nothing like I had wanted. Smiley

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