Thursday, September 27, 2012

TFIOS-Inspired Bluie Plushie Video

Ever since I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and read that Hazel had a teddy bear named Bluie (from a time "when it was socially acceptable to name one's friends after their hue"), I've wanted to make a blue bear for John. So after John and his brother Hank sent so many people to check out my new music video, I decided to make them both these bears to thank them.

Also, a lot of people have been asking for more specifics on how I make my plushies, so I filmed the process from beginning to end and labeled the basic steps. That way, you guys can follow along and maybe even apply the techniques to your own designs. All you'd need is to draw a body shape, a face shape (I use hearts!) and design the face itself.

This is also the first video I've made featuring a new backdrop... some pretty embroidery hoops I made from a tutorial on Purlbee. The fabrics were from a little bundle of matching scraps I picked up at Joann's Fabrics. I hung them up with little bits of ribbon and some command hooks because our walls are plastery and tend to crumble/lose the nail if I try to hang things the normal way. I think I may even go back for some more hoops to fill some more wall space.

I had to speed up the process of making the plushie over 900% to keep it interesting to watch. The part where I used my sewing machine makes me feel super cool, mostly because all of the stops and quick turns required to get around his cheek and ears and tail were kind of difficult and seeing it all sped up makes me look like a sewing superhero, heh! I also ended up using the same fabrics as my original owl plushie, Henry. I think he turned out super cute and I'm excited to send them to Hank and John! Here's a clearer photo of how Bluie turned out, and he's posing with the book that inspired him.

I'd been working on this bear pattern for a little while now, so I made up a bunch of normal bear-colored versions to sell in my Etsy shop. I really like how these came out and this particular brown fleece is all wooly and textured, which is why they look so soft and sweet! I named him Cocoa.

Cocoa is another example of the forest-dwelling animals I've been working on lately (and I'm getting started on the next one in the series right away! Keep an eye out). There are still a bunch available in my Etsy shop, Fairweather Friends, if you want to take one home! I hope you guys are doing well and that you're enjoying these posts. I've got a bunch of new designs up my sleeves so I'm heading back to work right away.

1 comment:

  1. Bluie (and Cocoa) are so adorable. <3 Great job on them! Also, thank you for sharing your plushie-making process.

    I look forward to what you have in store next! May buy a few with the holidays creepy ever closer towards us! xD