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« on: December 04, 2011 06:24:07 PM »

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.

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011 06:52:50 PM »

I love it! It's so cute. I've never had figgy pudding, but if it looks that good I'd totally eat it. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011 07:13:51 PM »

i had no idea what a figgy pudding plush would look like, but that is absolutely adorable.   Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011 06:14:26 AM »

From where I'm sitting, it looks like all your hard work was totally worth it--this is to die for!  And I think the company blog is precisely the right forum to post this. Tongue

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2011 08:56:47 AM »

Too cute to consume!
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2011 12:46:38 PM »

that's really well done! the seams are very precise. it looks very professional Smiley
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2012 07:14:22 AM »

That is so cool.
Not having kids, I found the part about the tension to be quite funny. I can picture the child committing such a crime, and the joy she probably felt, but cannot quite relate to the suffering that ensued. Dealing with children only on sundays, I can deal with such problems without too much stress.

Might I enquire about how you did the frosting?
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