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4 legged plush tutorial by Plush-Lore 4 legged plush tutorial by Plush-Lore

so the majority vote was for making tutorials so here is part one.

please don't use the patterns in the tutorial this is meant to teach you how to make your own ^w^.  also if you found this helpful please spread it around to anyone you think it would help!  
 
in the beginning for me making a 4 legged pattern was difficult i did not under stand what made one good or bad. but because every time i made a 4 legged plush i made a new pattern i am quite used to making them now. i don't know if this is how everyone makes their patterns or if i do it a rather odd way, but this is the way i taught myself how to make them. i hope this helps those who are starting or those who have a hard time making patterns (really if it just helps anyone). 

also if you don't quite understand something just comment down below and i will try and help as much as i can. 
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SammyKammy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
wonderful tutorial!
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you ^w^
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saywhatwhit Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great advice :)
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luna-the-puppy Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, I'm going to attempt to make a small plush as a summer project. I'm currently attempting to get a grip on the basic shape for the pattern, and I just really wanted to say this has been spectacularly helpful and I look forward to getting started on my plushie! I have some questions though.

Would you suggest sewing by hand or is a sewing machine workable for these kinds of patterns?
What kind of fabric would you suggest? (I was thinking something such as minky but it's such a...I guess stretchy is a good word, so....)

Also, and more vague, any tips you have for a newbie sewer?
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am go glad the tutorial has helped!

for these kind of patters you can do both hand sewing or machie sewing. i did a long time of hand sewing all of my plushies so from experience it would work. 

the fabric i use is Anti pill fleece you can also use blizzard fleece(blizzard fleece will pill over time). i often make plushies from those. If you are thinking of going with minky i would suggest smooth minky, it is what i use. (i suggest to not use double sided minky since that often is much to stretchy and often fuzz comes off of it, and is harder to work with)

hmm other tips, i would suggest enjoy sewing take it slow. people often make mistakes when they go to fast (i do it when i start rushing). enjoy what you made! because you were the one that made it and that makes it special! 
after i made my first plush i slept with it for months! i was so happy with it plush-lore.deviantart.com/art/… this is what it looked like. they are not always perfect but making it is so much fun! if your plush it not perfect the first time that is okay, but if you take your time making it, then it might just be perfect.

Also use tutorial but it seem like you are already doing that, but if you have not see it yet pattern-depot.deviantart.com/ this group is great for tips and tutorials! 

Oh! lastly! when i started i used other people patters that they gave out with tutorials, it is very helpful when just getting started to experience how fabric acts. then you can learn how patterns work. it is up to you if you want to try it out. but for me it really helped me with my first steps!  
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SilverWolf2525 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! It helps a lot. :)
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IDJWiththeFire Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super helpful. I just have one question, and I hope I can word it appropriately.

The belly pattern. About how wide do you make it? It looks like it's as wide as the leg pieces, but I'd like to be absolutely sure before I make it like that and it isn't right.

And again, thanks sooo much for this tutorial. It's extremely nice and helpful.
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh i see i did forget to add that part in. the underbelly changes size depending on how wide the plush is going to be. the way i most the time judge the distance is by seeing how wide i would want the neck area, and also how far apart the indents are for the legs. for my smaller plushies i keep around an inch.when i am having trouble finding a good size, i sketch out a trial pattern on paper then tape together to see how it would look. (most the time my underbelly patterns range from 1-2 inches in wide.)
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Evilkyubi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this tutorial. I never quite understood how to do the belly part and so on.  This will help me greatly with my Garurumon plush.
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i am so glad it could help you out! it took me quite some time also to get it right. ;w; good luck with your projects
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greenpaws19 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This was a big help in clarifying how the underbelly pattern piece is made! Thanks so much! ^·^
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shadowkitty13 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
//facepalms at all the stupid things i have been doing
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starrywishy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
any tips on making the head???? either way this is a priceless tutorial THANK YOU
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whywoodyou Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
i found it buhahahahhaahah
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HavocWraith Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
OH this is really helpful! Thank you so much! 
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad it could help! :) 
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DreamingEndless Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you for this tutorial! I understand now, how i can make my plushies! :)
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pogocoop Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the head tutorial still coming out? :o I could use some help with that, really.
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Kamzez97 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have earned yourself a watcher im thinking about getting into making plushies so yeah thanks for posting :)
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Shadow-of-the-Wolves Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful! I'm totally going to sew a cutie soon~ :D
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WayTOGOZippo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, I woke up this morning with the urge to sew an espeon (for some bizarre reason)... but I have barely enough sewing skills to get me through... and had NO idea how to make a pattern- I could understand spheres and legs well enough, but trying to understand belly pieces was just downright killing me.  

You've helped me a whole lot... maybe, with the help of this wonderful tutorial, I'll actually be able to accomplish some sewing of my own- something I've wanted to do for years.

Do you happen to have a tutorial for doing heads?  No worries if you don't, it's just another dilemma I've been trying to draw out but not quite understanding as much as I wish I did.
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
if you look through my other tutorials in my gallery i have sphere base tutorials but i would suggest checking out pattern-depot.deviantart.com/g… there are some other really amazing tutorials there that will help you out ^w^. i know they have tutorials on how to make heads that are simular to the ones i use for my plushies.

i am really glad that this tutorials was able to help you out ^w^ and thoroughly explain it so you can makes one yourself ! i hope you have fun sewing ^w^ good luck! 
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WayTOGOZippo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!  You're so helpful.  :)

Definitely the best sewing tutorial I've ever seen on here- you should be proud!
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i am glad to be of help ^w^. feel free to ask questions when ever.

i am really happy to hear that! thank you ^w^ i really did my best to make so people with no sewing experience could understand~
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Deidaraslittlebird Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
omg you arrre my hero :'| ive been trying for hours to figure this out thank you so much for taking time to make this
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
XD i am glad!! this is the hole reason i made this tutorials! ^w^ have fun plushie making~
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DECEPTIB0T Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
these tutorials were really helpful !! i used them to make a plush of one of my own characters vwv
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bitsandbaubles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oooh. I've been wanting to try my hand at making my own plush patterns. This, I'm sure, will be super helpful! I can't wait to give it a go! I just need to decide what to make first...
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i am glad that this has inspired you! i hope you have fun making what ever you decided on~
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bitsandbaubles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks! I'll make sure to tag you when I do ^_^
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh nice i cant wait! ^w^
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Tiges7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have any tips for making a head I wanted to make a umbreon and found this. The body tutorial is perfect for it seeing how you used one for umbreon too xD
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do but I am making a tutorial right now for the head it sound we out in about a week or two if you can wait. 
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Tiges7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok funny thing is I was looking around and I think I figured out a head but if it doesn't work out I'll wait!
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice! ^w^ the heads are the easier part 
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Tiges7 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I was a bit weirded out about how to make the muzzle look good and stuff but I think I figured it out. I'm going to do a test pattern today ;u;
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what tutorial did you look at?? i hope it works out ^w^
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Tiges7 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I just looked at a bunch of pony head templates and edited it slightly. XD I think I might wait to see how your tutorial looks though because I had a bit of trouble today with the head.
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ohhh! Okay well I am hoping to finish it this weekend! So hopefully if I get as far as I would like to you won't have to wait long.
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SavannahCreations Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
This is simply wonderful- it really helps a lot! Thank you ever so much for sharing your knowledge :)
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am glad it helps! And when I first started sewing I promised myself if I got good enough I would try and help others start or progress.
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SavannahCreations Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
It really does! :) well, you most certainly have fufilled that promise! I really am begging to have a greater understanding of the ethics of sewing and pattern making thanks to a number of tutorials (most particularly your's!) and patterns that have been provided for free-use. Thank you so much for your help! I'm working on cave lion charecters for a friend and this really helps with the body construction! Now onto figuring out the heads and manes!! :D
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i am really happy to hear that i am helping those new to sewing. i hope that the plushies you plan to make work out. i am making a head tutorial but it will be a week or two till its complexly done. so if you are not done by then maybe the tutorials would help you ^w^.
i hope to see your plushies when you are done :D
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SavannahCreations Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Thank you very much! :) I hope they turn out ok as well :) oh a head tutorial? That would be splendid! :D is it a continuation from the pokemons that you made bodies for? Or completely different? Either way, I'm excited to see that when it's done! :D I do look forward to seeing more of your amazing work too in the future.
Thanks again :)
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes it will be a continuation from the pokemon I started. I might add a couple others so people get the idea of how to make their own. And thank you ^w^
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SavannahCreations Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Oh great! Well, I'm certainly looking forward to this tutorial! :) thanks again though for sharing your knowledge; it really helps :)
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Auroraflair Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
You are amazing ^^ Thank you so much. I've been making patterns but always wanted someone to try to explain to me the "Science" behind making a plush pattern. This was great to help me understand how to make the curves of the inner legs, been stumped on my first few I made and pretty much gave up making plush. I wanted to try again and thought I'd try once more to see if someone could explain it. Again, Thank you ^^ Next think I'll have to see about finding out how to round out a odd shaped head, why there are tucks in some spots and how to wrap my head around making different snouts and sewing 'V' shapes together without the point going all blaaaaa ^^;
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am so glad these tutorials are able to help you so much and also push you to keep making plushies! I hope the tutorials I am making about heads will help you to understand them also.  Comments like this really help motivate me to keep at making them! 
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Kikwi-Keeper Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi, quick question! How would I know how wide the make the belly pattern? I've read how to make the belly pattern a few times or ten and it's less confusing now I'm just not sure about the width.

Thanks so much for all your tutorials! They really help a new sewer like me out.
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Plush-Lore Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would say for small plushies keep it around 1 inch medium around 1-2 ish inches and large I would say do what you think looks right. It's more about trying it out. That is the best way to learn. 
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