Sunday, March 31, 2013

If At First You Don't Succeed

Think every plushie your favorite softie maker turns out is beautiful and perfect? Think we're all art school grads with stunning portfolios? Well today I'm going to lift the veil, so to speak, and show you my humble start.

This is Pete, the first plushie I ever made. Isn't he funny looking?

He was supposed to be an alpaca. I just made him on a whim one day, with no previous 3D sewing experience and truly terrible drawing skills. But even though he was a funny little thing, I was instantly hooked on making plushies. I started experimenting with other critters, often with equally hilarious results. I wasted a lot of fabric and a lot of stuffing. Many prototypes and half-finished misfit plushies ended up in the trash bin. But I didn't give up. I kept sewing and researching and trying new things. And eventually, I got better. Much better. Here's what my alpacas look like today:

Here are some more early critters paired with current ones. You can see a clear improvement in skills, and a more cohesive style emerging.

So if you're new to plush making, or your plush just aren't turning out the way you want them to, don't lose hope! It's trite but oh so true that practice makes perfect. Or at least better. No art degree or drawing talent required! 

1 comment:

zfla said...

even the first one was charming.. . . .

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