Monday, May 30, 2011

Tachikoma (Ghost in the Shell)


My first non-commission in a while. I started Tachikoma a while back, but then was backlogged with commissions so I had to stop. But now that I had a bit of free time on my hand I got back to work on him. I originally decided to make him because I had a few requests for him, and I had all the materials I needed laying around.

He's a bit on the smaller side, a little smaller then I normally make. He's about 5" tall, at the top of the back part. He has a lot of little details to him, stuff that I had to omit because it would have been too much to do, or would have cluttered the small frame. The basic frame consisted of the round head, back base and then the legs/arms.


The head is two round shapes, and the material was sewn together to have it stick out like that. the buttons act as the smaller details on it. The buttons on the legs act as the wheels on his legs. The choice of the heart buttons was really meant for it to be more cute. I have a ton of these heart buttons sitting around and I wanted to take advantage of it. The smaller circles are all half circles sewn with the same shape, the same dome shapes that he has. A lot of the minor details like the claws I had to omit because of how small it was.

His little arms and legs remind me of an octopus. I should make myself a little army of Tachikoma's for my desk!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Lockjaw (Marvel Comics)


I'm not really a big comic-book fan, so I don't really know much about comic characters. I was commissioned to make this bulldog character Lockjaw, dressed as Deadpool like this issue cover. My main reference is this cover issue of this comic, but I gathered a few others so I could get the right shape and body.

This is actually one of the biggest plushies that I've made in a while. He's about 14 inches in height. I was trying to go for something accurate so the person could use him for a cosplay prop. But working in bigger sizes make it easier for sewing.


Both legs are separate pieces that are sewn onto the body. I had to create a "mask" and "shirt" for him, the mask was all one piece was the shirt was appliqued to the body. Both the eyes and nose are buttons, sort of a semi cute touch I wanted to add. The eyes were perfect sized for the little eye-holes he had, so I couldn't resist adding the buttons. Also the ears and the tail are the same pattern piece, since they're both so tiny.

The weird antenna thing was part of his character design, it's just stuffed and sewn on. And I honestly almost forgot about it until I looked at my references again. It's such an odd little thing to put on him, but not difficult to sew.

I had to create a muzzle for him, since bulldog's don't really have super pronounced muzzles, I just created a small triangle shape in the same width/height as his mouth, made it so I could easily applique the brown parts on the mouth.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wheatley (Portal 2)


And the last of my Portal commissions are finished. This one was probably the most difficult. Round shapes are the most awkward to work with. If there's anything that needs to go on top there's nothing flat to work off of. And he had so many little details on him I had to try to work out.

The round shapes, the circles and the eyes were all appliqued on, which of course were all time consuming and really careful work. The buttons were added for the smaller circles that he has on his face and on the odd arm like things. The buttons were really nothing to sew on, but they add some variety.

The handles don't really add support, the shape is good enough to stay up on it own, but the handles are part of his design. The top part stay up pretty much on their own, they're just stuffed and sewn onto the shape. And that was pretty much it. The shapes were pretty basic, but the applique ended up making it more difficult.


Now off to the next commission! This time a more obscure character.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Turret [Portal]


Another commission, this time for the turret from Portal. Despite it's simple shape, it had a lot of little difficult details. I didn't have trouble making the little embroidered details along the body. It came down to the black stripe along its body. I tried several different methods before I came to the one that I like best, which was sewing it with the white body. Then began the difficult part again, which was attaching the legs to the body. It was a fairly simple ladder stitch to hold it together, but I was pretty happy when he was able to stand all on his own. The legs have wires in them so they're completely bendable. The wires are only in the legs, so the rest is very soft, and even in the legs its stuffed, so you can't really feel the wire.


I did sacrifice a bit of accuracy with the legs by making them bend a bit, so they could support the weight of the body. And the body tilts back a bit too because of that, of how it sits. But again, I'm alright with sacrificing a bit of that accuracy. This is part of a two plush commission order from one person. Off to the next Portal plush!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Metal Gear Rex [Metal Gear Solid]


I made Rex for myself last year and sold him off on my etsy. But I had a commission to make him again. This time it took far less time to make because I already had the patterns made up, and all the spare fabric sitting around. I really didn't need to make any kind of adjustments. There was a few pattern pieces I needed to remake but otherwise it was fairly easy to do again.


Rex has a lot of parts to him, but he's basically a bunch of square shapes that are put together. I basically had to take him and break him down into really simple shapes. I was really glad that my patterns from last year still worked out really well for him a year later. The stitching detail helps breakup the tan looking fabric that I used. What's even nicer is that he actually stands up on his own. He has a lot of detail to him, so it's tough to sort of break him down and try and simplify him for a plushy. Hopefully I can work on Metal Gear Ray soon!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy (Fairy Tale)

Just finished up a commission for a character Happy (Fairy Tale). I don't really know much about the series, never really saw it before now, but the character was rather cute so I was excited to work on him.



The general shape was pretty easy it was all the little details. Like the stomach, face and the mark on his back. The mark on his back was actually the most difficult, because of the level of detail. I ended up just using heat 'n bond to keep it down then applique it. I ended up just appliqueing everything on the body. And I was able to make his little backpack as an actual mini bag. The nose is a button, because I figured that would look cute, and I like adding buttons to plushes.


Overall a pretty easy project. It only took two days to pattern and then sew up, I'm pretty pleased with the overall results. Off to work on my next commission!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Hey there guys. I decided it would probably be best to move all my plushy works to its own blog. It be easier to control and contact, and show off my different projects. Each project will have a gallery view to check out the different photos. And the different posts will break down how I made it and what went into the project. Thank you and enjoy your stay here!