Last year, a friend of mine asked if I could help her custom make some wedding plushies for her wedding photoshoot!
I haven’t done much of these before, but I thought it was a superb chance to experiment, and jumped on the request!
The bride sent me a photo of her desired design (done by her brother in law) and asked me to recreate it – plushie form.
I started out by printing the design on regular paper. It need not be super nicely printed as long as it is clear enough for you to see.
You will be cutting this piece. Print another for reference if you wish.
Use the printed design as a template. I held the paper against a fabric (I used felt) and snipped off the sides.
To make it easier, you can either trace with a light colored marker or use pins to make sure the pieces are in place.
Next, you’ll want to play what pieces you need and what comes first.
For example, I did the hair first, then the pants, white shirt, tie, base jacket, jacket collar, shoes and then the rest of the face.
It might be slightly confusing, but what I did was I cut out all the pieces first (don’t lose the tiny bits!) and stack them up to see if they form what I want.
You can see that I’ve cut out paper pieces to use as templates in the photos above.
Once you have all the pieces, attach everything together. I used fabric glue as I find them the easiest and more mess free.
Sewing is a another fantastic option which would be more durable, however,
I did not want to see much stitchings on the design itself, thus crossing out that option on these.
I placed the groom plushie aside and worked on the bride.
For her base, instead of skin color, I did white. This is because the bottom-most layer is her wedding veil.
the steps are pretty much the same..
figure out which layer comes first and cut out each part accordingly.
Then, puzzle the pieces up together and make sure that is what you want.
Once everything for the top piece is done, it’s time to make the back of the plush.
Note : The groom plush has a thinner support (his neck) and would be a bit bendy. I’ve added an extra base layer to stiffen it up.
I basically recut a base piece and pinned everything together.
Also, take note to trim the sides of this base piece so that it fits nicely under the whole design.
When everything is done, I used a large grey piece for their backing.
If you like, you can also design the back piece and have it done just like the way the top was done.
It just, definitely takes more time and a bucketload of effort. haha!
I find that for a beginner like me who has never done this, I’d go with the safe option of one large piece as the backing.
It’s also easier to carry around with one flat backing rather than pieces attached together.
Stuffing up the plushies. Get right into those tiny feet and arms! They’re the tricky ones!
And try to fill the neck up with the same clump of stuffing. It’ll be very bendy otherwise (having a metal wire or a dowel inside might be a good idea.
Sew them up! I just used regular stichings. Thought of hemming it but I think it’d look rather ugly with the bulky stiches.
I also find that I quite like the thin outline stiches. It looks really cute with the whole design.
And that’s all for the wedding plushies!! Make your own ‘soft toys’ for your wedding day!
Pretty neat, don’t you think?
NOW FOR THE AWESOME PLUSHIES IN ACTION!
Also used for the wedding car decor!
Thank you Alan & Elaine, for trusting in me and my skills.
Also in giving me a chance to create these lovely custom plushies!
I really enjoyed myself and am glad to have been part of making something for your special day!