Plush Toys

It's another Stitchgasm from Mr X Stitch - the home of contemporary embroidery

So it turns out that I’ve seen a lot of plush food in my time, and I figure I know a thing or two about how to present a plush. The Felt Chef knows a thing or two about presentation with this Chocolate Glazed Donut topped with Nuts, all made of felt.

The Felt Chef - Felt Chocolate Glazed topped with Nuts - Felt Food - Wool

Such a great piece of photography. See more of the excellent felt food at the Felt Chef’s etsy store.

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Here in BC we are enjoying some beautiful Summer weather. It feels as if Summer has been extra long between the teacher’s strike which got the kids out of school two weeks early and the weather which has been consistently good.
So, do you try and fit in a little extra crafting during your vacation time? It’s nice to be outside in the Summer so how about some super quick projects that fulfill your need to craft but leave you plenty of time for hitting the beach or pool?
I have been scouring Etsy to find fun printed panels to sew. There is such a great variety of styles and most can be made very quickly and may even be a suitable project for a child.
First up are these adorable flapper dolls by Flapperdoodle. They come in two sizes, eight or thirteen inches tall.

 

flapper kit by flapperdoodle

 

 

Jane Foster has some delightful Scandinavian style kits in her Etsy store. If you wanted to get a head start on Christmas presents, this could be a good way to go.

 

cats by Jane Foster

 

These incredible designs by Sarah Young are so elegant!

 

printed panel kits by Sarah Young
For the dinosaur lovers check out this temnodontosaurus platyodon by Paleoplushies. The kit includes almost everyting you need including stuffing and pins. It doesn’t say how big the finished plush is but the real thing grew up to twelve meters!

 

dinosaur plush kit by paleo plushies
And lastly I love this zombie apocolypse doll kit designed by Emily Taylor and printed by Riley Blake. I am buying this one for sure if I can find one with reasonable shipping to Canada. The kit doll is the smaller one in the photo.

 

zombie apocalypse doll by Emily Taylor

 

 

Zombie Apocalypse doll panel

 

Easy, cut, sew, stuff!

 

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Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

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Kate Blandford's Deviant Discoveries

This week I have scoped out this adorable plush appropriately named ‘Flossy’ by Hanna Mancini. Flossy is made from wool felt, an up-cycled embroidered doily and some pretty impressive hand stitching. If you liked this piece then you have to check out the rest of her felt creations on dA by clicking here. You can also buy an original hand made piece on Etsy. Come to think of it, my mantle piece is looking a bit empty…

hannamancini_flossy

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It's Kate BlandfordKate Blandford is a craft and doodle enthusiast currently working in Bristol. With a penchant for cross stitch and pixels, Kate produces work dabbling in both the handmade and the digital. Her work was once described as ‘shabby chic for Satanists’ due to her love of embroidery, twee skulls and Slayer. You can visit her website here: www.kateblandford.com

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For this month I thought I would share with you some of the tools that I like and find useful in my plush making.
All the crafty people I know, be they bought or found, collect and hoard materials and supplies for their craft. It is the curse of the crafty person being able to see the potential in all these things that eventually clutter our homes…”err hello, fabric hoarders anonymous??”.
Every once in a while I will sort through my fabric stash and donate the pieces I have been holding onto for too long.
Certain tools though, will get used all the time and stay with you for years. If you ever have the mischance to lose such a tool (this happened to me recently) you will find yourself lost and will find yourself replacing said tool, with a backup and a backup for your backup (it just makes good sense to back up your backup).
Pins and needles are run of the mill supplies for anyone who sews but I especially love these glass headed pins. Pins are small and can easily get lost in furry fabrics. The last thing you want is a plush with a hidden pointy surprize sewn in, the large glass heads on these pins make them easily visible.

 

glass headed pins
I have had this huge needle for more than 20 years, I bought it in the UK and it has moved with me to Portugal and France and Canada. I both love it and am terrified of it. I have other large needles but this is by far the biggest, I use it for attaching eyes, making string joints and needle sculpting on larger plushes. I am always afraid of getting impaled on it!!

 

big scary needle
My most recently acquired handy gadget here is this bobbin holder. I liked it so much I went back and bought a second one a week later. Inside the box is high density foam, the bobbins sit in the bobbin sized cut outs and won’t budge until you pull them out, no more annoying dangling threads to get tangled. Even if you drop this box while open the bobbins will stay in place.

 

bobbin organizer
I discovered these paddle punches about 4 years ago, they had already stopped making them at that time. Now I don’t understand why they would stop making them, the design is so simple and there is nothing to go wrong with them, plus they are well made, I’m pretty sure you could drive a truck over these things and they would still be intact. I use them for cutting shapes out of felt, it saves time and also gives a consistent result. You place the felt on a cutting mat and and position the punch on the fabric, give it a wallop with the hammer and presto, you have your perfectly cut shape!

 

paddle punches
The tool that recently disappeared and had to be replaced (times three) in case of a repeat incident was my awl. I use this for making holes to place safety eyes , the couple of weeks I spent without my awl were pretty unhappy.

 

awl you need to make holes!
The thing about safety eyes is that they a made to be safe ie: impossible to remove. The backs are a tight fit and placing them can hard on your thumb joints luckily I have this handy tool to help attach the backs, an old thread spool can work too though.

 

tool for fitting the backs on safety eyes
Obviously my machine counts for an invaluable tool too, helper is optional. Helper may or may not have had something to do with the disappearance of the awl.

 

is this sewing machine up to cade madam?
Share in the comments if you have any crafty tools you can’t live without.

 

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Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

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