Plushie tutorial : Gii (from Blazblue)
Gii is just an example, but the method can be used for other plushies of course. ;)
HQ here :
* making the base of the plushie :
- plastic bags (that you will use to put stuff in it)
- stuffing (Fabrics felts, clothes, anything “malleable”…)
- large cello tape (to wrap the whole thing and keep it in place)
- plastic wrap
* “actual plushie” :
- non stretch fabric (that you will use for the “first” layer of your plushie)
- stretch fabric (for the visible layer)
- stretch fabric (you can also you non stretch fabric but in that case there is no interest in making a “first layer” as in the end you will have to make a lot of “pinces” so that your fabrics follow the right shape)
* Details, facial features
- wire (wings and paws)
- felt and cotton thread (eyes, cheeks)
- artificial nails (teeth)
- aluminium sheets (ears, tail)
- hot glue
1) Take some plastics bags, large cello tape, and your stuffing (you can use fabric felts, clothes, anything that is flabby enough to be shaped).
For Gii, I decided to make to different plastics bags : one for the head, and one for the body, but it’s up to what you’re making !
I took the first bag, stuffed it with fabrics and clothes, until I had the size I wanted for it. When you have the right size for the body (or any part) try to shape it by pressing the stuffing with your hands (make it more flat, more round…). When it’s done, just wrap the whole thing with your tape (wrap it tight so it won’t move or lose its shape).
It’s not easy to keep exactly the shape you did first but don’t worry, you’ll be able to fix it later !
Do the same for all the different parts of your plushie (head, paws…)
As I told you before, mine is composed of two parts : body and head.
On the picture, you can see I attached them by putting more tape around it (the pink plastic bag is the head).
2) Here, you can see the two parts completely attached by all the tape I put on.
3, 4, 5) If you’re not totally satisfied with the shape of your plushie (that was my case), just add some more stuffing (I used fabric felts) and fix it directly onto the base with your tape. (My Gii needed more “butt” so I added several layers of yellow fabrics on it :p)
6,7) When you’re satisfied with the general shape, wrap the whole shape again with tape. Here’s the result so far.
8) Then take your “cellophane” and wrap (yes, again) the “plushie”. Make sure you do not forget any part of it.
9) Take your tape one more time, and add a final layer onto the plastic wrap. That will be your “pattern” so try to avoid big pleats.
I drew the facial features of Gii to figure out where I had to cut the different pieces of the body for the pattern, but it’s up to you ! ;)
10, 11, 12) Try to determine how many pieces you’ll need for your plushie pattern. It’s hard to explain (sorry for my poor English skills :( ) but you should be able to determine it quite easily (and maybe you’ll understand better in the next steps). I chose to make 4 pieces for mine : two the front, and two for the back of the plushie.
13) When you have drawn your pieces, take a cutter and gently cut onto the lines you drew. Be careful, you have to cut ONLY the last layer of tape AND the plastic wrap.
When it’s done, remove gently these two layers (together). Check out that you’re not removing more layers than necessary.
14) There, you can see I removed a half of the plushie (the front right piece and the back right piece) : that will be enough to pattern it. This way, it will be symmetrical.
As you can see, the pieces cannot be “flattened” on the floor. That means you have to create darts on the tricky parts.
15) Cut some little lines on strategic areas (where you have some curves), until you can make your tape piece flat.
Don’t worry about how many darts you’ll have. In the end, this won’t show because you’ll have only to make them on the first (non stretch) layer of the plushie.
Repeat on each piece of the pattern.
16) Then, draw each piece of the pattern two times (if you chose to make your plushie in 4 pieces like me) on your non stretch fabric (for the first layer). Be careful to turn it upside down to have symmetrical pieces.
no picture) Sew your darts (on the non stretch fabric), and then put fabrics pieces together (the seam allowance on the stretch fabric should be larger, because it’s stretchy. I took 1 cm for the non stretch fabric, and 2-3 cm for the stretch one). Be sure to let free the bottom of you plushie, so you’ll be able to stuff it.
17) Stuff the first layer of fabric (with batting) until you’re happy with the result. (see pictures). Clos the bottom by handsewing the plushie.
18) As I wasn’t totally happy with the shape (I wanted to flatten a bit the top of the head) I did some handsewing, it was really quick and I the result was much better to my opinion. J
19, 20) there you can see I put the wings of my plushie onti it. (see the WIP of the wings on my FB page)
21, 22) adding the paws, made with wire, hot glue, and black paint.
23) Take your stretch fabric (the one that will show), and your plushie pattern. Report your pattern on the fabric (ignore the darts, that is not necessary, that was my mistake to report them as well on this layer ^^’), and cut the pieces.
24) sew your pieces together.
25) When it’s done, put your plushie (wirst layer + stuffing) into your actual stretch fabric (turned the wrong side out). You should have some disegraceful pleat, that’s totally normal ! (because this is stretch fabric).
Just pin the fabric excess, take off the plushie, sew the lines you’ve drawn with the pins, and try it on again.
Repeat until you’re happy with it.
26) Put on the stretch fabric onto the plushie a lst time, and close it by handsewing.
You’re done for the body, just add details now ! (facial features, paws, tails, whatever you want or need !)
27) ears and tail made with alluminium sheets covered with fabric. As the alluminium sheets I put in the tail is quite strong and heavy, my plushie can stand by itself. J
28) Teeth were made with artificial nails.
29) Details. (the eyes and cheeks were made with felt and the edged were embroidered by hand).
30-36) the result ! :D
My English is quite poor, I apologize for it. If you have any questions, suggestions, do not hesitate to ask, I would be glad to answer ! ;)
This “tutorial” is not an exhaustive guideline of plushie making.
That’s probably not the best way of making plushie, and maybe there are some mistakes , but this is just how I made mine, and I must say I’m quite happy with it ! :)