DIY Plush Toy // Becky Stern


Today we’re making a plush toy that’s simple
to sew by hand. This tutorial is based on my friend Moxie’s
Free Range Monsters project in CRAFT Magazine volume 6. I’ve used this project for years to teach
introductory sewing to my students at SVA. It’s fun, creative, and doesn’t require much
in the way of specialized tools. The first step is to make a paper pattern. Create a character or just randomly arrange
some shapes–just be sure none of its features are too skinny, or you’ll have trouble turning
it right side out later on. If your fabric is fuzzy like mine, pay attention
to the direction of the fuzz, which is called the nap. My fabric also has a clear right side and
wrong side. Cut two pieces of fabric in the shape of your
pattern so that one is the mirror image of the other. Stack them together with the right sides facing
each other, and clamp the aligned edges together with small clips or pins. Here’s a tip for setting up your thread. Double it over after threading your needle
to bring the two ends together. To make an extra big knot, wrap the thread
around your forefinger, then pinch in your thumb and use it to spin the strands down
to the tip of your finger, where then you can you cinch down the newly formed twisted
loops into a tight and messy knot. Stitch the fabric together along the outside
edges using a backstitch, which goes two steps forward, one step back. In other words, come up through the fabric
two stitch lengths away, then step back by one stitch length to come down through the
fabric at the same place the last stitch ends. When you’re about to run out of thread, use
the needle to stitch a knot by looping it through some previous stitches, then catching
the loop before you pull it tight. Repeat and cut the needle free, then start
stitching again right where you left off. Leave a gap in your stitches about four inches
wide, so that you can turn the toy right side out. At this point I took the optional step of
attaching some plushie toy eyes and a nose that I found online that pierce through the
fabric. You can also wait until after stuffing to
attach facial features to the outside of the toy using felt and fabric glue. Stuff with small amounts of polyfill at a
time, using a chopstick to get it down into the details of the toy’s features. You can also stuff your toy with fabric scraps
or even crumpled up plastic bags. I trimmed the long fur around its face. Then it’s time to stitch the toy closed. My fabric’s fur kept getting in the way, so
I used a bit of plastic to keep it out of the way. I like to do this with a ladder stitch, which
is when you make stitches along alternating sides of the opening which stay on the right
side of the fabric. When you tighten the stitches, the raw edges
then turn inside the toy. To tie off the thread, create a knot and then
bury the tail inside the toy. I used yarn and matching thread to create
some hair to complete the look. Thanks for following along! If you liked this video, please give it a
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