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Squishy Hobbes toy made for a friend using this excellent Instructable by seamster. :D

I made this guy out of anti-pill polar fleece, polyester toy stuffing and poly filler beads (in the ends of the legs, arms and tail). The Instructable I used was very clear and easy to follow, although the creator is right about there being a LOT of hand-sewing involved! I made a couple of very minor changes to the original - the most obvious being the shape of the nose, but I also positioned the legs differently and used a different stitch in places.

Overall the project was a challenge because it's the biggest, most complex stuffed toy I've made to date. It's also the first time I've tried to mimic how something else looks (in this case, Hobbes' character in Bill Watterson's cartoon), so it took me a few tries with some things, such as the placement of the separate pieces and face in particular, until I was happy with how it looked. The most difficult part was placing and sewing on all the stripes individually, and this was also the most time consuming part...!

After a good couple of months (working on it on and off), the project is finally complete, and I'm really happy with the outcome. It was a lot of fun to make, too. Hobbes now lives with my friend up the other end of the country, so I'm even considering making another toy at some point so I can have one myself...
ezrabp7 days ago
Out of curiosity, what did you use to make his eyes?
rrush58 months ago
Any chance you could load the shape you used for his nose? Really love the shape you ended up with! What about the leg placement did you change? And the wrinkles in the belly area look awesome, how do you get that to happen, just don't stuff to the brim? Great job! Really want to make my little brother one of these for graduation.
otohime0394 (author)  rrush58 months ago
Hi! I just had a look at my pattern - unfortunately it looks like I changed the nose shape on the fabric rather than on paper, so I don't have a paper version of the shape. However, I mainly just made it a little taller and rounded the top off so it appeared less triangular. You might find the best way to get it right is just to experiment. :D As for the leg placement, I tried to make them so they pointed more forwards than straight out to the sides, because I felt that was more consistent with the way Hobbes is portrayed in the cartoon. I prepared the arms in much the same way (see step 8 of the original Instructable), but tried to create more of a curve in the way it was folded so it would sit nicely next to the body. If that makes sense..!

The wrinkles on the belly were actually accidental, I assume it is to do with the fact that I sewed the belly patch on my hand, which meant it probably didn't lie completely flat with the layer of orange beneath. It might also be that I didn't overstuff it, though. I wanted the overall toy to be floppy like cartoon Hobbes appears.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to comment! I'm glad you like it and hope you will give the project a shot. Feel free to contact me if you want any further advice or to show me the finished product - I'd love to see it. :)
seamster1 year ago
Hey, this looks familiar!

This looks very soft and hug-able. I really like it! Good job on the no-pill fleece, too. My original looks like garbage now... missing tail, one ear is ripped open.. and it's all pilled up. It's been well-loved, what can I say!
otohime0394 (author)  seamster1 year ago
Thank you, so glad you like it! Anti-pill fleece was actually the only kind I could find. Oh, goodness, poor Hobbes! :') Sounds like he was immensely popular though. Do you think you'll repair him or make a replacement?
Lovely!
otohime0394 (author)  AngryRedhead1 year ago
Thank you. :)
Great job! I'm happy we now have multiples on the site. :D
otohime0394 (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. :D
Your Hobbes is the cutest! I still really, really, really want to make one!
otohime0394 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks very much! :D You really, really should - definitely! It's not a difficult project, it's just rather time consuming. I'd love to see it if you gave it a go. :)