Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Poliwag Plushies!

Yay! I finally have my camera with me and can post this! 
This time I made a cute little Poliwag plush!!

He was simple to make and doesn't require much sewing skill!
Also, he would make a very cute present for someone.  All together this project costs less than $1! Each piece of felt costs between 27¢-33¢, and I used three colors.  The light blue and white pieces are really just scraps though! I also used a little bit of stuffing! A huge bag of stuffing costs $5.

Let's make him!
Here's what you'll need! 
  1. A Pattern!
  2. Front Body Piece
  3. Back Body Piece [same as 2]
  4. White Round Tummy Piece
  5. Light Blue Tail
  6. White End of Tail
  7. [Optional] Blue Strips for the Tail
  8. Small Blue Feet
 Cut out two circles from your pattern!

 My pattern close up.
 Making everything fit.
 I wanted to make a two tone tail like Poliwag.  I cut out a blue tear drop, then traced a piece of white using the tear shape.
 Then I cut the white where I wanted it.
 Making sure it all looks good!
 Thought I'd consider moving the feet around, most pictures I've found of Poliwag have his feet hanging down like this.
 Sewing on the stripe!
 I did a very basic stitch down the middle, since it was going to be visible from both sides.
 I used a stripe on both sides of the tail in the same area.

 Just another shot!
 This is what it looked like when I was done!
And the other side! I also stitched the white crescent-like shape to the blue.
 Sewed on the tummy! Getting ready to puff paint his spiral.
 Practiced it just to make sure it would come out the right thickness!
 Puff painted tummy spiral!
 Then I started practicing a mouth.  Most Poliwags I found while making this were frowning, or making a sad face.  I wanted mine to be happy!
 Puff painted his mouth on!
Starting the eyes, with a paint brush.
 I lightly outlined the eyes with the paint brush and then went back and filled it in.  I used the white pearl metallic paint again to make them shine, but I may go back over with white so that they're brighter.
 Using the same technique, I outlined the black of his eyes with a very thin paint brush.
 Close up of the shape.
 Filled in the eyes.  One looked kinda wonky but I figured I'd fix it with an outline.
 Outlined the eyes! I like the shape a lot more now.
 Close up.  I swear his mouth isn't that light, the camera kind of washed him out.
 Sewed on the little feet!

Sewing on the tail. I made very little stitches in the shape of a triangle to secure it while still letting it move around.  You can hardly notice the little triangle.
 Blanket stitching him together!
 Finally got to stuff him! [I ran out of stuffing halfway through making him.]
& his back. :]

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it is easy enough to understand! If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me at milkpolka@yahoo.com

Thank you for reading!
♥Riley


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