There is a good reason though – I had a sudden and irrepressible urge to make a plushie pony.
I mean honestly, who doesn’t?? 😉
I’ve always dabbled in sewing from when I was a child and apart from a few tips from my mum, I haven’t had any actual training. But I’ve always enjoyed making things and plushies are no exception.
Over the years I taught myself how to read and make patterns and made lots of clothing and costumes and a few (very basic) plushies. They were two dimensional with basic shapes and very easy to make, but this time I felt like a bit of a challenge. And what better way to challenge myself than to start on three dimensional ponies?
And they really were a challenge! Haha, ha, aaaaahh…
Throughout July, I researched (well, obsessed over), how to make different three dimensional shapes, what materials to use, specific stitches and lots of other things (sooo many things!!), and after a great deal of trial and error I came up with what I thought was a cute, fun and friendly looking pony.
This is the prototype in calico.
Calico isn’t the best material for making plushies because it frays like crazy! But it was perfect for testing my ideas.
There were a few adjustments made to the pattern after this pony, but this was the one where things really came together. There were a couple of earlier attempts which I shall hide in shame and embarrassment.
Aaanyhoos, once I was happy with the prototype and fixed a few things in my pattern, it was time to move onto the real pony! 😀
I chose micro fleece for the body and hooves because it is sooo soft and perfect for a squishy plushie, and 8 ply wool for the mane and tail.
Like the fact that micro fleece stretches in one direction and I hadn’t really accounted for that. As a result, the face and a few other areas came out…weird.
I also had way too much wool in the mane and not enough in the tail, but that was easy fixed.
But in making these mistakes I learned what worked (and what didn’t), and it was easy to figure out which way to lay the pattern on the material as I cut out the pieces for my next one. And I knew how much wool to use for her mane and tail.
And BAM (take two) – I made the first good pony! 😀
She’s not perfect, but I really enjoyed making her. Far more than I thought I would, actually.
And then it hit me.
And it hit hard.
The bug to sew more, many more ponies in more colours! 😀 And sew began (see what I did there?! 😉 ), a new and unexpected venture into plushie making!