Sunday, January 29, 2012

Plushie Profile: Nerdy Raccoon

I haven't been terribly productive lately, but I've got a bunch of plans up my sleeve for things to write about and adorable stuffed things to make, so I'm excited to get back into the swing of things. Yesterday, I worked on a set of five little raccoons with nerdy glasses. They're almost the same shape and size as the foxes and a pretty similar process. This is what he looks like once I've sewed the details on and started running it through my sewing machine:

All of my plushie designs so far have been two-dimensional until stuffed, so during this major sewing step, I sew all the way around the outline of the animal I designed (leaving a hole to stuff on the bottom). You can see in the picture that I've just finished going around the tail and am heading up his side. This is probably my favorite step in the plushie-making process and it's taken the most practice. For the longest time, I wasn't terribly confident in my ability to sew anything but a straight line on this machine (which features some super cute owl stickers I added).

Overall, this guy is one of my favorites I've made. It was kind of difficult to successfully machine sew  around the glasses to attach them, but once I make a few more, it should get easier. I think animals with nerdy glasses are super cute, and this has been the most successful way I could figure out how to make them. I did a plushie commission of my friend Beth earlier last year where I actually cut around the insides of the frames, and that was really labor-intensive and came out looking a little odd. I could probably embroider glasses onto future plush toys, but I haven't tried to embroider anything that complicated before so I'm not sure how that would work. Someday, I will figure out an easier and better-looking way to construct some adorable four-eyed plushie friends!

If you like him, check out the Etsy listing for Riley the Nerdy Raccoon plushie in my shop!

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