Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Plushie Profile: Henry the owl

Back when I first decided to start sewing plushies, the first design I came up with was Henry the owl. At the time, he was about a third of his current size and he came in all colors. I made around 20 of that original version of Henry and sold him (and his female counterpart, Henrietta) exclusively at merch tables on tour this past winter. The dark blue one with light blue face and wings sold the quickest, so when I made him bigger for my Etsy shop, that was the color combination I decided to make him.

Henry is made up of ten fabric pieces:
1) and 2) the front and back of his body, machine sewed together.
3) his face
4) and 5) his wings
6) and 7) his eyes
8) his beak
9) his envelope
10) the heart on his envelope

That makes him the Fairweather Friends plushie with the most parts (for now, anyway). He takes a while to make, as a result. But he's still my favorite and has kind of become a mascot of sorts for Fairweather Friends. In fact, he's the only Etsy shop plushie of mine that I own. Matt and I liked him so much that when I made the first run of Henry plushies, we snagged one for ourselves. He also appears in a slightly different position on my "It's Real For Us" t-shirt that I started selling this fall. For the last few days, I've been up in my craft room making as many Henry plushies as I can in time for the holiday shopping season! Look at all of these adorable little guys!

I just put 20 of them into the Fairweather Friends Etsy shop and they're already starting to go, so if you'd like to buy one for yourself or as a gift, you might want to do so quickly. I am planning on making as many plushies as I can this holiday season, but I can't guarantee that I'll have enough for everyone who wants one. Stop by soon to pick up one of your own!

Over the next few weeks, I'll be making more of my various plushies and posting little profiles about them as I put them into my Etsy shop. Keep an eye out for more soon!


  1. He's super cute!
    And I think the plain green table makes your photos look really effective.
    I have to use a large blue book as a backdrop for everything :)
    - Laura

  2. @goodnightboutique.comThank you! I didn't even think about that when I got the table. The blue book looks good too though... it helps to show how big the items are!

  3. Hey Lauren,
    I really love seeing the works in progress.
    I am currently working on my own plushie shop and trying to find the best way to do everything.
    How long does it take you to complete one plushie?
    I find it takes me a very long time and I wonder how I can make enough to actually open my store.

  4. @Jennifer Sargent Thank you! It depends on the plushie, but these take around an hour and a half each. That doesn't count making the packaging or the tags I sew in though. For the past week or so I've been working eight hours a day to get my plushies back in stock. It does take quite a while, unfortunately.