Hey all! Whats this, a tutorial?
Okay, seeing as I didnt want to clutter up the prettyful pattern up there (which I pray is printer friendly) Ive decided to try my best to give instructions down here. Please note that Im far from pro, but I know enough to make a plush that wont fall apart when you touch it
the first time. This here is my first tutorial, so please bear with me. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?
Plus, I found this my only pattern neat enough to share. Sharing = good.
Let us begin! Please read the instructions completely before tackling it! For a reference pic, look at the finished product here: [link]Materials:
-Felt, one sheet of white, and two sheets (to be safe) of any colour you would like the main bear head to be. I chose red. Also, if youd like to use black felt for the pupils and teeth (unlike fabric marker, which I used) get one sheet of that too.
I cut out the eyes, teeth and inner ear pieces all in white, but feel free to use other felt colours, really. Ive never really seen a coloured picture, so go crazy. Heck, do it in just black or white even, like an ink drawing.
-Polyester filling. Usually very cheap for a few oz. For a few more bucks, you can get partially recycled filling. I got some, and it makes me happy.
-Matching thread and needle. Im not comfortable giving you the super sewing basics, so do a little practicing and reading before this, no matter how easy it seems.
-Fabric scissors. Either that, or really sharp ones. (I used new kitchen scissors my first sewing month, actually).
-Something to use to trace the pattern pieces onto the felt, like a dark marker or pencil.
-Optional. Black permanent marker or fabric marker. This is only if you want to draw in the details, like pupils and teeth, yourself.
-Optional. Hot glue gun if you dont want to sew much. However, you will sacrifice squishability, as I call it.
-Sewing machine is optional as well.Instructions:
1-Print the pattern out, and cut out all pieces.
For the head piece, you can see there are two sizes you can cut out the template. I cut it out on the black line because I used a sewing machine. Because of seam allowance, the final product ended up as big as the smaller, greyed pattern (which we want).
If you are sewing by hand, I would recommend cutting it out on the grey line. Oh, and dont cut on the line for the piecescut on the outside rim, to avoid wonky shapes. Just saying.
2- Trace your templates onto felt as many times as indicated. Cut out carefully.
3- Now I took my eye and mouth pieces and used the fabric marker to draw in the pupils and such. If you want, use black felt, sewing or gluing it on.
4-Add the details to one of the face pieces (if you are sewing them on) by hand or machine. I prefer hand for stuff like this just because it looks more
loving. To avoid too much seam allowance problems with the sewing machine later on, use the grey template to help with positioning. If you are hot gluing the details, skip this step and set them aside for later.
5-Take your two main bear head pieces and put them good faces together. Sew. If by hand, use small, close stitches a few mm away from the edges. Leave a 3 cm opening at the bottom. Turn head piece inside out and stuff as much as you want. Whipstitch opening closed.
6-If you chose to hot glue, now add the details. If entirely sewn, then youre done already. Congratulations! If I havent utterly confused you, you now own your very own little Radiohead Bear plush! Phew, that was pretty hard for me. Im not comfortable with verbal instructions, so please tell me how I did. If you have questions, please ask! If the complaints come rolling in, Ill update the tutorial with a few diagrams when I can. Im sorry I dont have any WIP progress pictures, but this tutorial was a sudden urge sort of thing.
Remember guys, this tutorial is for personal, non-profit use only. You want to just make one to be happy, and maybe show off. I dont own Radiohead Bear, so this is a fan to fan sort of thing. Radiohead Bear is owned by Radiohead (Im assuming).
Please credit if you use the tutorial, and show me your finished products! Have a super awesome day, yall!