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« on: July 11, 2006 12:28:47 AM »


Firstly, i'd like to say how much I LOVE this forum. I've only been skulking around for a day but i'm in love!

Secondly- I want to attempt to make my first plushie and have two questions which I couldn't find answers for.

1) Has anyone ever done a beanie-baby autopsy and then used the basic patterns yourself to create a variation (with different fabric). Do you think this is possible? I'm tempted to buy a cheap beanie off of ebay and then pull it apart (if I have the heart to) to see how it's put together and then re-construct. Any horror stories with this idea?!

2) Spherical plushies. I've been inspired by work from here:


Is there any magical-forumla/pattern for a spherical plushie? Just a big ball of plushie-goodness? I know that if I attempt this alone I will end up with a non-symmetrical lump and some wasted fabric Sad I've looked all over the internet for bean-bag patterns, beanie patterns.. sphere patterns.. with no luck.

Any help would be very VERY much appreciated!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this Smiley

BeePea xx

« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2006 07:35:51 AM »

You may want to take a peak at the orange-crate pincushion project that's being featured right now - that oughter get you started on spheres.  As far as I understand it, it's mostly like... 4 identical 'lemon shaped' pieces that get sewn together.  Add some ears in and you're good to go.

Never pulled apart a beanie baby or anything, but I honestly don't think it'll help you on your way to drafting your own pattern for stuffies.  You'd be better off to study some of the ones here, mess with the lines, and make bunches of mock ups with muslin until you get a 'base' that you're happy with and can change to variants on the 'four legs and a head' thing that most animals actually end up being.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2006 05:57:24 PM »

Looking at those pictures from your linkthey have 2 pieces with a dart at the top and bottom so that they form a cup shape so when you sew then together they are a ball.
the orginal shape would be more of an oval shape but that you would need to play around with.

« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2006 11:51:41 AM »

Thank you both  Grin

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