Today, I've released a brand new lion plushie named Oliver (it's the mascot of Harry's house, Gryffindor, so it seemed like a fitting place to start). I'll be releasing the remaining three plushies in the series one per week for the next few weeks, and you guys will get to help choose the order! Vote for your favorite house (or animal) in the poll below. This Friday, the poll will end and the winner will be released next week! The second and third place winners will be released after that.
(Note: I've been having trouble with Blogger polls working so I've switched to PollDaddy. I did write down the votes before though, and they will still count! No worries. If you're reading this on some sort of blog reader, click here to view the poll on my blog!)
When I was designing this series of plushies, I wanted them to be slightly larger than most of the plushies in my shop. I also hoped to add some sort of extra detailing so they can stand out and push my skills as a plushie maker. With the lion plushie, that detail was his mane. Before I sew the body together, I cut out the mane piece in brown fleece and lay it onto the right side of the front piece, using a combination of pins and shining light through it to make sure I have it lined up correctly.
Next, I put the front piece into my sewing machine and sew a regular line of stitching as close as I can to the edge of the mane. I only have to sew along the bottom line because the rest of the mane will be caught in the seams later.
Once that is done, I flip the whole piece back onto the back piece of the lion's body and continue as I usually do. When I finish sewing around the body piece and turn the plushie right side out, the mane is right where I need it to be and it's secure! I'd used this method on a few of my older plushies, but never on such a big portion of the design. I'm happy with the way it came out, and once the face and ears are sewn on, he has quite a bit of character!
Oliver the lion is now available in my etsy shop, Fairweather Friends. He'll make a great addition to your collection, especially if you're brave and daring. I'm really excited to share the rest of the house mascot plushies with you guys over the next three weeks!