Have you always wanted your very own poseable furry worm monster? Stupid question, of course you have! I certainly did, so I decided to make one and show you how to make your own!
Step 1: Materials/Tools
To start off, heres a list of a few items you'll need to get this project under way:
• Sewing Needle
• Teddy Bear Eyes
• Aluminium/Aluminum Wire
• Stuffing (I used the stuffing from a pillow)
• PVA White Glue
Step 2: Getting Started
First things first, you've got to choose the fabric you want to use for your worm. I like using furry/hairy material for plush creatures, as it covers the seams where you sew two parts together, giving it a more realistic appearance. I went with the black and yellow stripes. Unfortunately, I did'nt pay attention to which way the fur flowed, so the stripes did'nt go the way I originaly wanted, but I still reckon it looks pretty good!
Once you've sorted that, it's time to decide how long you want your new furry friend. I decided I wanted mine about 18 inches long. Cut out a rectangle of material, in my case 18" x 6 ", making sure the flow of the fur moves down the length of the strip, rather than accross.
Step 3: Pin and Sew
Once you have your fabric the right size, you'll need to pin it up ready for sewing. To do this, bring the long edges together, inside out, so its formed a tube with the furry side on the inside. Then put pins through this joining, making sure to tuck the fur inside the tube.
Now you have two choices:
• Sew by hand
• Use a sewing machine
I usualy sew by hand, it may take longer, but I find it easier to do fiddly bits, and it's more relaxing.
So, sew up the long side. After this, make a small hole for where you want the eye to go, and attatch the eye, through the top of the tube, so the actual eye is now on the inside of your tube. Once the eye is on, you can sew up the head end of the tube, and turn it the right way out though the bottom hole.
Step 4: Adding the Wire
In order to make it poseable, I used 2mm diameter Aluminium/Aluminum Wire. The great thing about this wire is that it bends very easily, but also holds its shape well. You should be able to find it at most craft shops.
So, cut a length of wire just a little shorter than your worm, and curl the ends over with your pliers. Once the ends are curled, dip them in PVA white glue, and fold a small piece of scrap material over the ends, sewing them in place. This is to make sure there are no pointy ends inside the body.
Step 5: Stuffing and Finishing
Now, place a bit of stuffing into the head end, pushing it down with an old paint brush (or pencil, or stick, or anything long enough to reach the end of your worm). Next, Insert the wire inside, pushing it a little into the stuffing, and pack the rest of the stuffing in around the wire.
Once it's fully stuffed, sew up the bottom, and your done!
Now you have a new bendy monster, see where you can find for him to hang out!