Two Smaller Projects – Tiny Bat and Heat-Up Owl

I figured I would go ahead and post both of these projects together, since they are smaller things that I’ve been working on off-and-on between bigger projects. Neither of them are anything big or special, but I think they’re cute little guys.

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The first of the two was this little bat. I got the pattern off of Etsy (link at the end of post). For the most part, it was pretty straight-forward and easy to follow. There were a couple of alterations I made as I went though, to try to get the look that I wanted. Though in the end, I was reminded how difficult it is to do detail work on plushies this small. 

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I used this as an opportunity to test out some broadcloth cotton that I picked up on sale. I probably won’t be using it again, unless it is doubled-up. It was so thin, and had a bad tendency to fray at the edges. Oh well, lesson learned! In the end, this guy is super tiny, but very cute sitting up on the shelf.

Next up was a project I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. This guy is stuffed with a bag filled with rice, buffered with cotton trimmings. Because everything used is microwave safe, he can be put in the microwave and heated up to be a cozy, snuggly heating pad. 

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I’m really happy with how this turned out. At least conceptually — the detail work is pretty derpy, and the wings didn’t want to attach properly, and again the fabric was pretty thin and frayed. BUT, this is one of the BEST, most cuddly heating pads in the history of ever! The shape is perfect for a heating pad. I think I’m going to try to make more of these, but with better material, and in different varieties of animal cuddle-buddies.  If things turn out well, they might be the first thing worth going up on an Etsy shop! Fingers crossed.

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Links:

Little Bat Pattern

Microwaveable Owl Instructions  (This one doesn’t really have a pattern, but does have instructions and discusses various options for stuffing.)

Adipose Plush – Success!

What’s this? A plush that turned out pretty much the way I intended it to? It looks that way! Behold, my third attempt at a plushie, a cuddly little adipose!

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I shall call him Chubbs.

(I once again forgot to take progress pictures of this one, but this was when I noticed my mistake, so that shouldn’t happen again. Furthermore, both the dog and the cat were thoroughly engaged in nap time, so neither of them turned up to assist.)

This one went really well! It was my first time working with a pattern that utilized not just a front and back panel, but side-panels as well (I don’t know where you’d classify spheres in terms of paneling…). It was awkward pinning it all in place at first, but once I had the basic shape pinned down things went quite well. I also think I have gained a better grasp of seam-allowance, which probably helps a lot of things.

This pattern also made an interesting suggestion that I hadn’t seen before — clipping into the edges of the seam allowance, which they suggest gives the shape a better form once it’s turned inside out. I can’t tell if the results I got were strictly from this crimping, or from my better use of seam allowance, or some combination of both. But I was very pleased with the rounded-shape that I got.

This is also my first attempt at attaching limbs since my first plush. It’s still not an easy task, and I think I need a lot of practice yet before I get better at hiding my stitching there. But the limbs on this one are definitely sturdier than my previous attempts.

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So there you have it, the latest addition to my collection of plushie attempts. Looking at the picture above, I do feel like I’m making progress with each new attempt. A good feeling! The holiday weekend is coming to a close, so I expect my posts will thin out a bit as I go back to work. But I have a lot of patterns lined up for further projects, so more updates will be on the way!

Resources!

Adipose – Free Pattern and Tutorial