When I first had the idea that I wanted to create a "plush" doll, I really had little clue how to go about it.
In my head, I had the idea that I wanted to bring to life one of my illustrated characters, but the mechanics of it were beyond me.
I knew how to sew, and had been creating quilted wall hangings and smaller art quilts for a while. After learning the proper way to quilt, and finding it time consuming and restrictive (too much measuring) I had adopted a method of creating that I called "free style".
So, free style is how I approached the making of my doll.
After many hours, mostly spent staring at the fabric and turning it around a lot, I created this:
The legs were the most problematic part. I solved this on my next couple, who turned out a bit larger:
As my skill grew, apparently so did my plush. Next up were a series of goat like animals, with coats and bags, hats and glasses.
At some point, I remembered my goal - to create my Yeti like boy as a doll, so finally, I moved towards the Yermits as they appear today - larger, more huggable, shaggy, loners who live in cave on the mountain.