Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Making a stuffed animal pattern after the fact of the major issues I have as an artist is that I don't plan well before I start making something.
My natural creative process is very intuitive which is both good and bad. But, it is especially bad when I want to reproduce something I have sewn before that does not have a pattern.

That is why I have started making sure to draw out a pattern before or while I am creating something. Because it is so much easier that way!

However, if you do have to re-make a plush animal and don't have a pattern there are a few things you can do to make it easier on yourself assuming that you have a picture to work with. This method will also allow you to enlarge or shrink your pattern while keeping the correct proportions. It works best with simple designs.

Step 1:
Find a picture that shows the front or back of your plush critter. 
You can either print this picture or open it up in a computer program such as Paint.

Step 2:
Draw a box around your animal, matching it's height and width. 
Measure the width of the box and divide it in half to draw the mid-line, and do the same with the height.
Already you can start to see how the negative spaces start forming angles with the sides of the box.

Step 3:
Draw straight lines along the large angles of the animal so that they extend past the box. A protractor can be used to actually get the degree of the angles if you want to be super accurate :)

(Here is a picture with the angles filled in, making them easier to see.)

Step 4:
This is not super necessary but I also like to draw a straight vertical line from the bottom corners of the animal up to the top of the box and from the top corners of the animal down, to show the relationship between the width of the head and bottom. 

What you can do now is draw a box on a piece of freezer paper (keeping the height and width proportions the same), draw your mid-lines and use the angles you have discovered to make a much more accurate pattern for your animal. 

This is actually the same basic method some art teachers use for beginning drawing, because it begins to teach how to measure angles and relationships within a composition. Hope this helps a little bit!

Monday, February 25, 2013


If you haven't discovered her on Etsy yet, Olga from Wassupbrothers is an amazing Russian artist whom I dearly love and admire.

She uses recycled sweaters and vintage materials to make her stuffed animals which add beautiful colors, textures and patterns to the finished piece. Ever since I started selling on Etsy I have loved her whimsical handmade creations because you can tell they are made with lots of love and attention to detail.

Here are some of my favorite items from her gorgeous Etsy store!

Go check out her beautiful shop!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

2 FP Etsy treasuries in 1 weekend!

So I am not wanting to boast....but I am just so excited that 2 of my Treasuries on Etsy made it to the front page this weekend!!!! Woooohooooo!
It is something that gives me extra energy to create and add new items to my store. Not to mention how nice it is to work hard curating a collection that you love...and then to see that other people love it too. Anyway here they are:

Visit them here:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A hand sewn dove using gussets for the first time

Over the past 2 years I have tried various methods of making stuffed animals for my Etsy shop PoofyDove. However, I have a bad habit of creating them from my mind without a pattern...which is very freeing and fun but also fairly silly because it really becomes a struggle if I want to recreate it! 

But I have finally found an AWESOME site that goes in depth about how to design and create complex stuffed animals. If you are having trouble understanding how to make plush critters I would highly recommend checking out her website.

I am really excited to share this little dove with you. He is my first attempt at creating my own pattern and making a stuffed animal with gussets and i am pretty happy with how it turned out. He is made out of about 12 separate pieces of felt and is hand sewn using thread and embroidery floss for the details. 

 Hope you enjoy him!
He is for sale on my Etsy shop