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Yoshi is my favorite game character and since I didn't have any Yoshi stuffed animals yet I thought why not make one...and since I was going to make one, why not make him huge!
 
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Step 1: Making the Pattern

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I started out by buying a small Yoshi stuffed animal so that I could take him apart and create my pattern. (Don't worry, I sewed him back together at the end)

To take the toy apart I just started by snipping one of the seams and pulling out the thread. I didn't cut any of the fabric since I needed everything in tact to create the pattern. 

Once I had all of the pieces taken apart, I ironed them flat, pinned them to paper and traced out the shapes. I labeled everything and took a lot of pictures so I would be able to figure out how it went back together.

I tested out my new pattern by making a small yoshi, the same size as the one I bought, and everything went together great :)

Next I scanned my pattern into photoshop, traced it in illustrator so I would have clean lines, and blew it up 600%! I tiled out the pattern so I could print it out and tape it together and the final count was 77pages!

Step 2: Putting the Pattern Together

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Supplies Needed:

Tools:
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Scissors or Paper Trimmer

Materials:
  • 79 pieces of 81/2" x 11" paper (2 pages are reference templates)
  • Tape
*Just updated with the printable pattern, I've included the giant version as well as the original small version : ) have fun! Also, the giant version may take a few minutes to load due to the size.*

Once I had my printable pattern created, the next step was to print it out.

Once the pages are printed, the next step is to tape them together. All the pages are numbered and have matching registration marks so they are easy to align. I taped my pages in sections and cut out pieces as I went along so I didn't have such a huge piece of paper to work with. 

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swiftlikeninja made it!1 month ago

I made this for my 3 y/o niece, in her favorite color variant. I ran out of stuffing and need to get some more, but the general shape is there! Thanks for the pattern and hard work.

On a side note, you may be able to trim the cost down by using the bulk polyfill 10-15 lb boxes. I had about 6 lbs left in a box and it got me this far with the stuffing.

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mactothefuture (author)  swiftlikeninja1 month ago

SO AWESOME!! Your niece is going to love it!! I would have freaked out to have one of these as a kid and that is so awesome that you did this for her!! So glad the pattern worked out for you!

Great tip on reducing the stuffing cost, these big guys take a lot $$! I'll definitely look into a bulk purchase for my next giant plush project : )

TGeF2 months ago

OMG I WANT IT!!!!

this is amazing, I'm gona try to make this!

mactothefuture (author)  TGeF1 month ago

DO IT!!! I can't wait for you to make this and am so stoked to see the finished project (please!) !! ; )

Isai angeliF3 months ago

This is extremely terrific!!! And i got a question. Would you ever make other character like Mario, Bowser Peach, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser Jr.? Something like that because i have never seen nobody ever done this. Not even on youtube.

mactothefuture (author)  Isai angeliF3 months ago
Thanks Isai angeliF !!! Have definitely thought about it...! Will definitely post if I do!! : ) : )Thanks!!
HeatherA1 made it!4 months ago

I bought a Yoshi plush so I could replicate it and I found you'd already uploaded the pattern of the same plush I bought! Thank you for this! I was able to make my very own Yoshi plush, but at 200% of the original pattern size.

There were a few issues I had but that's mostly due to the type of minky I used. I used the Shannon brand and it has some stretch issues. The most obvious is the nose not looking perfectly round when stuffed. I suggest editing the pattern a bit for anyone who plans on using the same minky.

Thank you again for sharing the pattern!

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Do you have the pattern of the Yoshi Ball ? Thanks! :)

Hi! The egg pattern and embroidery is available through my etsy shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/227127982/yoshi-eggeaster-egg-minky-plush-sewing?ref=shop_home_active_3

mactothefuture (author)  HeatherA13 months ago

Haha so cool! Awesome that the pattern worked out for you! Thanks for sharing! : )

Hi, I;m trying to make a Yoshi head only for a pony costume class. How many times should I increase the pattern size of the small yoshi do you think to get about an 18-25" yoshi? Any ideas. Your site is great. Thanks.

mactothefuture (author)  linda.cooke.37607 months ago

Hey linda.cooke.3760! Thanks for checking out the project! Glad you enjoyed it! I did some fancy math and it looks like if you increase it 400% you should get a Yoshi between 18-25" (looks like 22") Here are the numbers I used to guage the size in case you want to play around with them: 100%=6.5" Yoshi, 600%=43" Yoshi. Hope that helps! Good luck with your project! : )

Your measurements, is that of him sitting or from head to toes? I'm considering trying to blow this up into a costume, but I want to make sure I do the math correctly.

Also, just a note since I didn't see one. Maybe you'd like to add a disclaimer about not selling them because your pattern was made from a licensed toy. It was something I saw posted on pinterest (talking about how it could be a problem) and thought maybe you'd like to know.
mactothefuture (author)  pooka09213 months ago

Yes measurements are from the sitting position, he isn't quite built to stand! The pattern will probably need some adjusting to become a costume (particularly lengthening the arms and legs) but sounds like a fun project! Thanks for the heads up about the disclaimer ; )

jbk3 made it!4 months ago
it was so much fun.
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mactothefuture (author)  jbk33 months ago

P.s is that your fun face? lol : )

jbk34 months ago
finally!
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mactothefuture (author)  jbk33 months ago

So awesome and thanks so much for sharing!! Love seeing Giant Yoshi's!! : )

bonjunk4 months ago

I spent all evening making the patterns! Whoa.. This is my first giant project and i am very excited. Thank you for providing such a detailed instruction. One quick question is when i transfer pattern to the fabric, do i cut a bit extra all around for sewing? Or is this pattern already taking that into account? Thanks! And when i finish make it, i will post picture!

mactothefuture (author)  bonjunk4 months ago

Lol, slightly time consuming! So awesome that you are making it, can't wait to see the final product! The seam allowance is already included, no need to add any extra. It is 3/8" pretty much everywhere but there are a few areas that are 1/4", such as the saddle, but you can check out the steps to make sure. Have fun with your first giant plush!! (may get addidcting)

ash.morrell4 months ago

I'm so excited to make one of these (I'll order fabric from fabric.com , it has really high quality durable minky called minky cuddle)

sadly it adds up to around $90 so for now i'm gonna make a smaller one x'D

Thank you SO much for making the pattern and tutorial!!

((also omg i love your shirt may i ask where you got it??))

mactothefuture (author)  ash.morrell4 months ago

Yay!! Love to hear that you'll be making one, and would love to see a pic when you do! Thanks for sharing the tip on the fabric, for a giant plush that you want to last I would say its definitely worth the investment. At least little yoshi can entertain you in the meantime ; )

Stoked that you enjoyed the shirt! (Its my favorite!) This was another DIY, you can check it out here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Mario-Button-Up-Shirt/

ShelbyG4 months ago

my little brother is turning 8 already!! i suck at sewing but my moms bf is awesome at it. i really dont want anyone to know tho cause my family cant keep a secret! i will pay for someone to make one for me! idk all the details on how to pay you yet but i will for sure find a way HELP! not a arm and a leg but i will not jip you on your hard work!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

ShelbyG4 months ago

my little brother is turning 8 already!! i suck at sewing but my moms bf is awesome at it. i really dont want anyone to know tho cause my family cant keep a secret! i will pay for someone to make one for me! idk all the details on how to pay you yet but i will for sure find a way HELP! not a arm and a leg but i will not jip you on your hard work!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

keko290 made it!5 months ago

-_- not as good as urs

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mactothefuture (author)  keko2905 months ago

So awesome!! Thanks for sharing, love seeing more Giant Yoshi's come to life! ; )

This is nothing short of awesome.

mactothefuture (author)  Nicolas_Flamel6 months ago

Thanks so much Nicolas_Flamel!! : )

You are the best, I will be making one soon and will gladly share my pictures with you of the finish product. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks so much rvd5starfrogsplash!! Can't wait to see!! : )

Hey here is the finish product, it's not as good as your but I think it's pretty darn good for my first try. I did it in three weeks and gave it to my sister for Christmas.
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So awesome!! He looks great!! You did a fantastic job and thanks for sharing the final product! I bet your sister was excited! : )

TokyoFriedZilla made it!7 months ago

Hey there i'm very pressed for time and would appreciate your help with something.

1) i'm trying to build a giant baymax from Big Hero 6 for my friend. will this yoshi method also work for that?

2) What material should i buy for Baymax? he's just white and black. i gotta do this before christmas! thank you for your time.

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mactothefuture (author)  TokyoFriedZilla7 months ago

Hey there TokyoFriedZilla! Thanks for checking out the project! Happy to help if I can! Cutting it a little close before Christmas!

1) This method should work for any plush you want to make. If you are taking apart a small plush just make sure to carefully remove the thread and avoid cutting any of the fabric so you are left with clean pieces you can turn into patterns. And if you can it helps to take pictures as you are taking it apart so it easier to put back together.

2) If you are just making a plush I use Ultra Cuddle Fleece form Joann's Fabrics but I would also recommend using a fleece throw blanket, they are usually a little bit thicker and better quality.

If you want a shiny look, white vinyl/faux leather would be a nice choice, as long as it is pretty thin and flexible.

And if your going for an inflatable type fabric you could also try ripstop nylon.

Hope that helps! Good luck on your project! Make sure to post it on here if you do it! : )

What is the stuffing guard for? where does it go and is it necessary? Great pattern btw and I really want to make a giant one but i think il try a small first :-p

Thanks cheyanne.hawkins.35! There are 2 stuffing guards, one for the nose and one for the shell on the back. They help to keep the stuffing in those areas. I would suggest keeping them, at least in the nose. The nose is so big and having the stuffing guard really helped to define the shape. You can see the pics in step 7 (shell) and 12 (nose) for a visual. Hope that helps! Good luck with your Yoshi's! : )

paul.r.camper7 months ago

Have you ever considered baby yoshi? I have a friend obsessed with baby yoshi, and because I can't find any plush toys I was considering making one. Any tips?

mactothefuture (author)  paul.r.camper7 months ago

Hi paul.r.camper! I have not considered a baby yoshi...yet! They are very cute so maybe someday! If I was going to make one and I couldn't find a plush to refer to, I would get a vinyl toy and and base the pattern off of that shape. It is also really helpful to look at other plush toys to see how they are put together. And my #1 tip would be to experiment! : ) I hope that helps! Make sure to share a picture of the final baby yoshi! : )

Caroly12128 months ago

HI!! I really love your work!! I want to do the giant yoshi but I haven't been capable to download the pattern because i don't find it. How can i do it? Please help me! I have a free account, is this the problem?

mactothefuture (author)  Caroly12127 months ago

Hi Caroly1212! Thank you so much for checking out this project, so glad you liked it!! You should be able to download the pdf with a free account, the links are on "Step 2: Putting the Pattern Together" I posted both the small and giant size patterns as pdf files, you should see them at the bottom of Step 2. The Giant Pattern usually takes a few minutes to load since it is so big so just give it a min! Let me know if you need any more help! Good luck with your Yoshi! : )

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