A friend from college does a Plush Club in Kansas City and recently posted a photo of a flyer for a plant themed plush club challenge.
I haven’t really ever made any plushes before, but I loved the idea of trying. Plus, a friend just gave me an enormous bag of poly-fill that she was getting rid of and Evie has been asking me to make something with it.
It generally worked out doing it this way, but I really should have considered seam allowances more. I knew I wanted to do a little embroidery onto the surface, so I did the mouth, eyelashes, and details on the leaves with a back stitch and used safety eyes.
I learned some things during the process.
Stuffing a plush is hard, especially when you decide to make your first one have a very awkwardly shaped stem. I had a hard time knowing how much stuffing I should be using, I felt like I kept going between not enough and too much.
I should have put some sort of stabilizer into the stem of the tulip because it isn’t very stable. It works as an oddly shaped pillow, but since it’s so top heavy you can’t hold it upright.
And finally, I realized I had no idea how to attach the separate pieces together. I kind of shoved the stem into an opening I left on the flower and did my best to just stitch the pink onto the stem. It’s definitely secure but it isn’t the most pretty.
I enjoyed making her though and will be perfecting my plush making skills. I think next time I’ll pick something a little less ambitious.
I’m thinking of picking up Abby Glassenberg’s book Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction before I start another!
Have you made any plushes? Do you have any tips?>