Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Snake: Hogwarts House Mascot Plushies

After months of planning and sketching and weeks of designing and sewing, I'm happy to share the final Hogwarts house mascot plushie with you. Today, I released a Slytherin-inspired snake plushie and her name is Daphne! I've been naming the house mascot plushies after minor characters in each house (Oliver Wood, Hannah Abbott, Penelope Clearwater, and Daphne Greengrass).


I'm super proud of every one of these stuffed toys and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do! All of the house mascot-inspired plushies are now available in my etsy shop, Fairweather Friends! At the time of this post, there is only one lion plushie left, but I'm planning on making more next week.


The new snake plushie is one of the most difficult to make designs I've worked on so far. I really wanted her to be the cutest snake ever and I worked on sketches for a while before I came up with something that not only fit that description, but also was the same style as my other plushies. The way I decided to do this was to make her whole head a heart shape, rather than just her face!

Daphne's head and body are two separate pieces, as you can see in this next photo.


In order to make her body look like she's all coiled up, I have to hand sew some big stitches in a few curvy lines after stuffing her. This is still pretty difficult for me to do, even after finishing ten of them (and honestly, it's why I couldn't release these plushies last week like I originally intended to).


Luckily, the thread I use is strong enough to handle this. I originally had hoped to use my sewing machine for this step, but the plushie doesn't fit under the presser foot once it's stuffed. Instead, I thread up a long needle, squeeze the plushie a lot, and keep pulling the thread as I make my stitches. When that step is done, she looks like this:


The next step is to add her eyes to her head, then to sew her head onto her body. The reason why I don't usually try to sew faces directly onto a plushie (I do this on those familiar heart pieces I mentioned earlier, then sew the whole face on) is because there isn't usually a place for me to put the knots. That isn't the case with this particular plushie... I hide the knots right where I plan to sew the body piece to the back of her head! That way, you can't see them and everything looks nice and finished at the end.


And that, dear readers, is the complicated process of creating a super cute snake plushie. I hope that they get easier to make as I continue to put together more of this particular design! If you'd like to buy one for yourself or as a gift, visit my etsy shop! I hope you're all having a lovely day and hopefully I'll have another post to share with you guys soon!


2 comments:

  1. Wow, so exciting! I was really interested to see how you were going to design a snake - such a differently shaped animal than your others - while keeping the look and style consistent. You definitely did this, and did an amazing job at that! It's been so fun to watch these designs come out every week, and the set of 4 look fantastic together! You're a great crafting inspiration; thanks for letting us learn about your process.

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