The first two weeks of my self-employment have been pretty fruitful and now I have a bunch of radical turtles! I’ve listed a couple of each in my Etsy shop!
It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day and I made some cute valentines with photos of my plush. I love you nerds. <3
Feel free to share, just please credit me.
I was so lucky to find an amazingly fun craft group when I moved to Charlotte, Crown Town Handmade. The free monthly craft workshops are always a great way to unwind and chat with other crafters. For our holiday craft workshop last night I taught a class on little felt ornaments. Here’s what I made, a teeny tacky Christmas sweater!
Felt is fun for accomplished crafters and beginners. It’s inexpensive and easy to find at almost every craft or fabric store, as well as easy to work with since it doesn’t fray when cut. I love all the beautiful colors, patterns, and textures available.
Other than felt, all you’ll need for this craft is:
- Pattern template or thin cardboard to make your own design
- Hand sewing needle
- Thread in colors to match your felt
- Ribbon or cord
- A little bit of stuffing
- Decorations like beads, pom poms, ric rac, sequins, jingle bells, etc
- Fabric glue (optional)
I made some templates for several different Christmas and wintery things. There’s a reindeer, an elf, a snowman, stocking, two different ornament shapes, and a little sweater.
Print out the templates provided or draw your own on thin cardboard or cardstock. (Cereal boxes work great.) Trace your template pieces onto felt and carefully cut them out. Try to cut inside the traced line so you don’t have pen marks on your finished piece. Sew any overlapping pieces together first, making sure the pieces are lined up the same on the front and back. If you’re not familiar with hand sewing, Alice Merlino at FutureGirl has some great tutorials on how to do a whip stitch and blanket stitch. Read about the selecting which to use here.
Decorate the pieces how you like with trim, sequins, pom poms, or whatever you like. This is a great project to use up little odds and ends left over from other projects. Be careful not to get too close to the edge since you’ll need space to sew.
Once you’re done decorating, put the two pieces together with pretty sides out. Sew around the perimeter as indicated. If you want to stuff the ornament, leave a small gap to insert the stuffing before finishing sewing around. (A chopstick works well for pushing stuffing into little spaces.) Sew a ribbon or cord in place at the top of the ornament for hanging.
These also make cute additions to wrapped presents or can be sized up to make cute little sachets or stocking stuffers. You could also make these into pins, keychains, or attach them to headbands.
Please send me pictures if you make one, I’d love to see it!
I’ve updated my Etsy shop for your holiday buying! Take 10% off by entering the coupon code CUDDLES13!
I have been having way too much fun making all these adorable custom orders!
Check out the Plush Gallery page for more pictures. I’ll spending tonight working on intergalactic bounty hunters!
For anyone looking to plan their shopping at HeroesCon, here’s a full list of what I’ll have available for the 18″ dolls. These are mostly $40 each, but a few may be a little more due to the amount of detail. I’ll also have several smaller plush in the $5-15 range as well as necklaces and hair bows. If you’re not able to make it to HeroesCon, I’ll be listing the remaining dolls in my Etsy shop next week.
HeroesCon is less than two weeks away, hooray! If you’re going to be in the Charlotte, NC area June 7-9 come by and see me and my stuffs in person. I’m at table AA-924 in Artists Alley, waaaaaaay in the back next to Indie Island. The con is going to be twice as big as last year with panels, live entertainment, lots of great guests, and nerdy crap galore!
As for Handmade Stuffs, I’m going to be offering over forty different cuddly characters for you to snuggle. I’ll also have smaller plush, necklaces, hairbows, and other goodies. Maybe I’ll be doing a giveaway. You’ll have to come visit to find out!
I have a few more customs to finish before I dive into my convention sewing. This little guy actually came together a little easier than I was anticipating and I’m really pleased with the results!
All the small details on his face and armor are hand painted. This was my first time painting on a plush and it worked really well! It also gave me the solution to something I’ve been tinkering with for a bit.
I’ve been wanting to make a plush version of the spider butt Darth Maul since I saw the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do the markings. Now I have my answer!
I got a custom order for a set of four of the Cantina aliens from Star Wars: A New Hope. These were so much fun!
Little Greedo is more interested in giving Han Solo a hug than a blaster wound. (Even though Jabba put out a 50 cookie bounty for Han’s capture!)
Momaw Nadon aka Hammerhead. I was a little worried about how his funny head would turn out, but I was pleased with the very first try! I love his little head scarf and toes.
Ponda Baby aka Walrusman. His little fuzzy face is so cute. His arm doesn’t detach, sorry.
Last but not least, Blue Snaggletooth. He was pretty creepy looking when I was attaching his face, but he turned out very cute. I think his little ears are my favorite part.
While we’re on the subject of Star Wars plushes, I have been obsessed with making a Darth Maul. Specifically the spider butt version, because it would be amazing and creepy and adorable. I want to make the spider legs poseable so he can hang off of things. I’m going to have to make time for it one day.