Introduction: How to Make a Stuffed Animal

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Making a stuffed animal AKA plush toy or "plushie" is not as difficult or expensive as it appears. In this Instructable I will take you through the process of how I made a stuffed Ewok from Star Wars for my girlfriend.

The story behind this is that my girlfriend and I were talking about Star Wars and she brought up that she thought the Ewoks were really cute, so, half jokingly I said, "Awsome, I'll make you a stuffed one". Then she got all excited and stuff and I figured it couldn't hurt to learn to sew so I made her one.

Please read all directions before beginning your project!

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WARNING! You may prick yourself with a needle during this project! I'm not liable for anything you do with this information.I apologize for probably not having nearly enough pictures.

Step 1: Materials and Skills

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You'll need the following things to make your very own stuffed animal to love!
  • Fake fur fabric, available at craft stores
  • Polyester animal stuffing, also at craft stores
  • Sewing materials
  • Some paint
  • Plexiglass or other easily worked plastic
  • Things for accessories, mine included a dowel rod and a T shirt.
  • The ability to sew

Having never sewed before in my life, I had to learn. All I did was about 5 minutes of research and I was good to go. Here's what I read:

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sew./

http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_5215_make-stuffed-animal.html
These videos are kind of long, but helpful.

Step 2: Beginning Your Buddy

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- What I did first was lay out my fabric to see how big I could make the Ewok.
- I divided the fabric in half by folding the fabric in two and tracing the fold line.
- Then I drew out, on the non-fuzzy side of the fabric, what I thought I wanted him to look like based on pictures I had Googled up earlier. You should stay on only one half of the fabric. It is important that you leave about half an inch of space around where you want the edge of your plushie to be.
- Cut out the form you just drew.
- Trace the form you just cut out onto the other side of the fabric.
- Cut out the traced section.
- Pin the halves together so that the fuzzy sides, or the sides you want showing in the end, are facing each other.

Look at the pictures! They're there for a reason!

Step 3: Sewing Up Your Buddy

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- This is easy. Just sew the sides together along the edge of the pieces. Doing the arms and legs first is probably a good idea because they were the thinest on mine.
- Work your way up to the head and sew both ears together.
- Then flip it inside out and fill with stuffing to your liking.
- Then sew the top of the head together as cleanly as you can, as this will be visible on the outside of the plushie.

- All done!

Step 4: Making the Face

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To make the ewok's face I used plexiglass about 1/8" thick and my dremel.
- There's not much to describe; I just cut out circles and a mouth-like shape and used the cutting disks, and a few sanding bits to shape them into good looking shapes.
- I then used a lighter to go over the pieces before painting which made them darker and a little burned but got rid of any roughness very well.
- Then I painted the pieces brown with probably 8 coats or so just because the acrylics I bought wouldn't stay on
- I finally clear-coated them for some shine and painted a black pupil in the middle of each eye.
- I then moved the fur out of the way and cut a little out so that the fabric it is attached to is exposed and hot glued the pieces into place.

I really do apologize for the disgusting pictures

Step 5: Accessories!

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So now your Ewok has a face and that's awesome but I spiced mine up a little bit more.
- I cut a jagged piece of clothe from the big t-shirt I had and cut a hole for the face, ears, and one arm.
- I sewed it together as one end leaving the stitches visible. You don't have to be precise at all with this as the pictures of Ewoks showed the hat-thing we're making as rough and worn.

- For the spear I cut a small piece of a dowel rod and took some chunks out of it just so that it would be less uniform and more jungle-like.
- Paint the dowel you chopped up brown, but you can be lazy with the paint here because it just has to look wooden.
- I made a point for the spear out of plexiglass using the same method as before, and painted it silver, and hot glued it to the dowel.
- I then hot glued a piece of black yarn to the dowel beneath the plexiglass point and coiled it up to hide the dowel-plexiglass joint and hot glued it in place.
- I then pushed back some fur on his hand and hot glued a small piece of black yarn there so that he could hold the spear. It really isn't noticeable, I tried to show it to you in the pictures.

Step 6: You're Done!

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Now you're done! Give it to your kids or your special girl!

My girlfriend loved it for the first 10 seconds and then thought it was a little creepy : )

Please vote in the Singer Kids Crafts Contest!

If you'd like me to make you an Ewok or any other hand made plushie PM me and we'll work something out! Thanks!

Thanks for reading! Please Comment! : )

Comments

geodesandalex (author)2016-04-06

this is so cool! for me, there's enough pictures. Tell your girlfriend I love ewoks, too!

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bloobbot (author)2016-03-01

good job did not have materials

misty.browne.3 (author)2015-01-11

Very cool! Thanks for the tutuorial!

Yes this was awesome!

fozzy13 (author)misty.browne.32015-01-11

You're quite welcome thanks for reading!

MyiMye (author)2015-02-06

Please tell me some specfic materials for sewing

Anu72 (author)2014-11-29

Looks great!! Special note about cutting faux fur...Cut from the 'wrong side' using an Xacto or utility knife, being careful not to cut the fur itself, just the fabric backing. Using scissors creates a huge mess. ^^ Also, if you want to really hide the seams, you can use a needle to pick the fur out of the seams and then a dog slicker brush to brush the fur. But really...Awesome job!!

HalNicci (author)2014-05-05

another good way to do this would be to leave the gap in the space between the legs if there is one because it would be less visible than on the head.

darman12 (author)2013-08-16

Oh my gosh! When I saw that Ewok my eyes lit up! Soo awesome :)

fozzy13 (author)darman122013-08-16

Thank you! I did this project years ago, but my analytics say that it's still one of my most popular! I must've done something right!

indywave (author)2013-08-09

You did a great job.

NOODLE! (author)2013-01-21

this is awesome! would sculpey clay work in place of the plexiglass?

fozzy13 (author)NOODLE!2013-01-23

Sculpey should work just fine! However, I've never used it so I suppose I don't know for sure. Plexiglass was something I was comfortable working with.

carsoncool (author)2011-06-03

So cute! Once i save up enough money, i might have you make one for me!

fozzy13 (author)carsoncool2011-06-03

Thanks!! And thanks for the comment!

great4mee (author)2010-03-28

how did u make the eyes?

fozzy13 (author)great4mee2010-03-29

See Step 4: Making the Face

blufinger (author)2009-12-15

ive made 2 i made my black kitten and a pokemon (im only 10 lol)

a_traceur (author)2009-11-05

Ah, the close up of the arm was to show the pinning.

fozzy13 (author)a_traceur2009-11-06

Right : ).. the pinning around the arms and legs was pretty tricky..

seamster (author)2009-09-15

I think I'm going to have to make one of these... It turned out very well. Good job!

fozzy13 (author)seamster2009-09-15

Thanks! You should definatly make one, it can be fun. Don't forget to vote!

AlvinMaker (author)2009-09-11

Nice job, I really dig on your ewok. I think it may be the creepiest stuffed animal i've ever seen though : )

fozzy13 (author)AlvinMaker2009-09-12

Hey thanks : ).. yeah i know it's sort of creepy..

man5000000 (author)2009-09-02

i like your idea!

bounty1012 (author)2009-08-28

Lol Ewoks pwn

fozzy13 (author)bounty10122009-08-29

Thanks they are pretty sweet : )

Capt. Kidd (author)2009-08-21

the ewok wakes up in a distant galaxy... waaaayyy in the future...

a_traceur (author)2009-08-14

This looks great! A ton better than a lot of ewok plush toys I've seen! Now I want to make one.

fozzy13 (author)a_traceur2009-08-15

Thanks a lot! : ) I haven't seen any ewok plush toys in stores, so I made one and it was a lot cheaper than ordering online.. You should definatly make one! It was a fun project. Thanks for the comment! : )

D.L.H. (author)2009-08-12

Where did you get your fabric for the Ewok?

fozzy13 (author)D.L.H.2009-08-13

I got it at Pat Catan's. It's a fairly big but local chain of different stores. I would try Michael's or other craft stores too. Thanks for the comment!

D.L.H. (author)fozzy132009-08-13

Thanks and the Ewok is awesome.

fozzy13 (author)D.L.H.2009-08-14

Thanks!

ChrysN (author)2009-08-11

Aww, I always wanted an Ewok when I was a kid. This turned out really well, great job!

fozzy13 (author)ChrysN2009-08-11

Thanks a lot I really appreciate it! Now you can make your own : )

inventivefiend (author)2009-08-11

That is an excellent-looking Ewok. The technique for the eyes, nose and mouth surprised me a bit. It worked, but I think I would have gone for some sculpey clay or similar. It would have eliminated any 'flatness' to the mouth and nose, and may have taken the paint a little better, if it had needed any at all. But then I didn't make one, did I? Excellent work.

fozzy13 (author)inventivefiend2009-08-11

Thanks a bunch! I'm glad it surprised you, as I haven't seen it anywhere else on the web. All in all the flatness really wasn't a problem at all and I think helped in gluing the pieces on. Thanks again I'm glad you liked it : )

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