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The weather here in Vancouver BC has definitely changed. Even though the days are still beautiful and sunny there is a chill in the air that leaves me wishing that Summer would last and at the same time excited for Halloween.

With the latter in mind, I thought I would do an easy Halloween themed tutorial for this month’s post. The is no pattern as it is simple to create your own to whatever size you wish. This is a project that you could sew by hand or machine and is simple enough to get the kids involved.

And here it is; the tombstone plush, enlarge it and it could be a tombstone pillow, make it smaller and it could be a trick or treat prize.

 

 

Tombstone plush

 

So this is how it’s done.

You will need:
General sewing supplies, thread scissors etc.
Fabric: I used fleece for the stone and some flannel for the letters. Felt would also be good for the letters and you could upcycle an old sweatshirt or similar for the stone.
Stuffing.

On thick paper or cardboard draw a square. Measure the center point of the top edge of the square and use a compass to make the curved top of the tombstone. The radius of the circle measures half the length of the edge of the square. There, you have the shape for the front and back of your plush.

 

tombstone plush pattern

 

At this point you may want to draw the letters that will be on the tombstone. I chose “RIP” as my tombstones are quite small, so three letters would fit on easily. You may find precut felt letters in the craft store though or you may choose to give your plush a scary or funny face.

 

tombstone plush pattern

 

Cut out your pattern pieces for the stone and the lettering.

Using a flexible tape measure, measure around the edge of the tombstone shape. To give the plush dimension you will need to cut a strip of fabric the length of the outer edge and the width will be the depth that you want your plush to be. I cut my front and back pieces at 17 cm tall, for the depth I cut a strip of 5 cm wide. With a 1 cm seam allowance this cave a plush of 15cm tall x 10 cm wide x 3 cm deep.

 

Measure around

 

You can draw around the cardboard onto the back of the fabric to mark out your pieces. As I used flannel (which can fray) for my letters I backed the flannel with iron on adhesive but it’s not necessary with felt. Remember that when you mark your letters onto the back of the fabric that you need to reverse your letters in order to have them facing the correct way on the right side of the fabric.

 

iron on adhesive

 

Cut out all your fabric pieces.

 

fabric pieces cut

 

First off add any lettering or embellishment to the front piece of the tombstone. If you are doing the project with children you may choose to glue the letters, in which case you could stick after sewing. Use a “high tack” glue for sticking felt.

 

sewing on the letters

 

Right sides together sew the ends of the strip together. Pin the strip to the edge of the front fabric piece. Sew all the way around. You will probably need to clip into the edge of the strip a little when you turn a corner (see photo).

 

sews ends of strip

 

 

pieces pinned

 

Repeat for the back piece but leave a hole for turning and stuffing.

 

ready to turn

 

Turn and stuff.

Close the hole using a ladder stitch….”Ta-da!!”

 

All done!

 

Tombstone Plush

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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It's Plush Delights brought to you by Scrumptious Delights!

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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