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Tutorial- patterning a basic standing animal plush by Animus-Panthera Tutorial- patterning a basic standing animal plush by Animus-Panthera
Some people have expressed interest in how I pattern my plushies, so here you go- how to pattern a simple standing plush animal. This wouldn't make a very nuanced pattern, but once you get good at patterning you can start tweaking your patterns into something more complex. Now you might be saying, "but Arras, this isn't really all that simple..." Well, them's the brakes. Patterning is hard! If you want some really simple, pre-made patterns you can just print out and use I suggest you check out this list of free patterns.

A really good explanation of patterning ears- [link]
I also highly suggest checking out the rest of ~Beetlecat's tutorials, which can be found right here. She's a fur suit maker, but lots of her tutorials are useful for plushie making too.

Also, no, I will not give you in-depth sewing directions to go with this. If you're making your own patterns you should be good enough at using patterns to be able to figure out how it goes together. I will tell you that I advise you sew in the following order- sew ears, attach ears to face, attach face to body, attach inside legs to body, sew tail, attach tail to body and stomach gussets, attach body and stomach gussets to body, attach pawpads, attach nose, turn out.

[EDIT: Oh also, I should probably add some modifications if you want to embroider a teddy bear nose- the only change will be the stomach gusset. Do not subtract anything from measurement f, and use the same measurement we used for the nose end of the head/body gusset as the nose end of the stomach gusset. Then once you've turned out and stuffed the plush you can embroider your nose.]
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and by the way, can I note you with a few questions I have? I need some help and I really want this thing to look nice :')
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, sure! Please do. ^_^
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Thanks so much.<3
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem at all!
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful. I've recently been wanting to make an art doll and this is going to help a lotttt.
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's good to hear!
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DreamInSymmetry Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Interesting. I've never drafted my own pattern, but this looks like a good set of pointers. Thanks for the tute. :)
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! And thank you! If you use it, I'd love to see what you make. ^_^
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RiverShaman Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist
also I don't understand the part about the nose, where should my measurements be for nose height and width go? I need to know cause I am sizing my plushie differently
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you're doing a separate, sewn nose, then the measurement for nose height is subtracted from f, and the two measurements for nose width (top width and bottom width) are the measurements for the width of the nose ends of the back gusset (top width) and stomach gusset (bottom width).

If you're doing an embroidered nose, you don't need nose height, and nose width will be the width of both the back and stomach gussets (and it will be the same for both).

I hope that cleared things up! Please let me know if there's anything else I can clarify!
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