Snuggable Sweet

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As someone who designs her own plush toys, I think it’s safe to say that I adore plushies. 🙂 Which is why I had to share these adorable creations from Snuggable Sweet when they came across my dash.

These are just some of the adorable creations made by Britta Shurtleff, of Snuggable Sweet. All the plush are her own design and have a lovely simplicity to them. She also makes use of every bit of fabric she has with her adorable scrappy series.

Taken from the bits and bobs left over from bigger projects, these adorable little blocks remind me of emojis as she give each one a unique face and personality . 🙂 If you’re interest in seeing more of her work, simply pop on over to her etsy shop to see a nice gallery of various plushies (like her adorable bears) that are all made to order.


It Must Be Felt

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We are into the full Spring of things here at Craft Hackers and I am no exception. I’ve professed my eternal love for plush before but in the last few years or so have noticed a new-ish trend that simply delights me: needle felting. The soft little fuzzies can be so precise in their details yet remain cute and squishy. I’ve been very impressed with several artists I’ve stumbled across at conventions and those that have come across my Etsy feed, especially their Spring inspired collections.

Look at how adorable this little one is!

Look at how quackingly adorable this little one is!

They are whimsical, they are hyper-realistic, they are geeky, they are large and they are small. Each artist infuses their creations with their own flair and it makes the art form quite diverse.

Every bunny needs one of these.

Every bunny needs one of these.

I especially like when I find some intricate designs that just pop against their base color in a plush I wouldn’t mind hiding around the house every year (except that the cats would probably also have fun with it, much to the poor thing’s detriment).

These are so eggs-ellent.

These are so eggs-ellent.

If you are curious about this art form and wonder how to get started, never fear, Etsy is here! There are actually several shops I’ve found with starter kits with several lovely color packs to choose from.

Enough to start your own heart-felt creations.

Enough to start your own heart-felt creations.

If you feel inspired to try your hand at needle felting, please show us your work in the Craft Hackers forums! I’d love to see it!

As today is a typical rainy Spring day, next week we’ll cover some rainy day activities!

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 

 

 


A Figment of Her Imagination

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Hello Sunday readers!

I’d like to start today’s post by asking, have you pledged on our fearless leader’s Indiegogo campaign yet? It’s the last day! Get thee to the campaign before it is too late! There are so many quilts/pillows/dice bags to be had!

Ok, now that you’ve done that, let’s talk a little bit more about another artist I came across at MAGfest last week: Cross’ Critters. If you love plushies like I do and let’s face it, I’m kind of a plushie hoarder, then Megan Cross has some critters for you!

So much plush goodness!

So much plush goodness!

I really admired her talent and innovation. Her needlecraft is truly a weird, wonderful work of art in this medium. She pulled me in with her fun takes on pop culture characters like the kitty Harley Quinn, the Hedgie Potter, or (my personal favorite) WhalePool.

CrossCritHarley  CrossCritHedgie  CrossCritWhalePool

The crowning glory, though, as you can tell by her lovely signage, are her Figments. These interesting little guys are monster plushies with their own backstory sprung directly from her very vivid imagination. They are each oddly cute in their slightly creepy own way.

CrossCritWalterFigment  CrossCritStellaFigment  CrossCritOllieFigment

Besides catching her at conventions throughout the year, Megan and her Figments can be found on her website, Etsy shop, Facebook, InstagramTumblr, and DeviantArt.

See you next Sunday when we’ll start thinking about Spring!

~Laura

 


Feltastic Halloween DIY

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I have a long standing love for adorable felties and stuffies. It’s only recently that I’ve started attempting to make my own. In the spirit of the season, this Sunday I bring you some DIY felt projects to start your own little army of super cute critters.

First up is a set of four traditional Halloween symbols with a great set of instructions with templates from Made to Sew. They also have some very well done tutorials on different stitches if you need a refresher before starting.

Look at how neat those stitches are!

Look at how neat those stitches are!

Next up is a really cool tutorial and pattern for those of you who (like me) enjoy making slightly odd but cute things: eyeball softies from Much XOXO.

I see what you did there...

I see what you did there…

Finally, a really beautiful tutorial from Adventures in Making for your very own sugar skull felt sachets.This is a really fantastic idea if you would like to fill them with some fall scented spices for some extra flair!

There are so many possibilities.

There are so many possibilities.

 

Whichever ones you choose to make, have fun and stay crafty!

~Laura


Posable Pascal

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Continuing with yesterday’s prop theme, today’s feature is all about a wonderfully made plush by the artist Piquipauparro.

Originally designed four years ago in August of 2011, this custom piece was a commission for a Rapunzel cosplayer. It is completely hand stitch with heavy vinyl material that was then painted afterwards to mimic the chameleon’s coloring in the movie. The neat part though? They gave him an internal armature to allow complete control of his limbs, tail and head. While not to scale as he is portrayed in the movie (they wanted something more noticeable) his 22″ size is quite an impressive bit of plush making. Piquipauparro does sell their plushies, but only by commission. You can see more examples of their work in their gallery or contact them directly through DA, Etsy, facebook and, of course, email. 🙂

~Nicole

 


DIY: Crochet Eggs

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Weather you’re looking to add new decorations to your spring collection, or just want to make some cute baby toys for the season, plush eggs are a quick any easy project for any crocheter. Most will likely have the extra yarn laying around for this simple project. I’ve tweaked an existing pattern of my own to create this pattern just for you lucky Craft Hackers. 😉

Dual-Eggs

So let’s gather our materials! For this project you will need:

Size E/4 (3.5mm) Hook
0.5oz of Weight 3 or 4 (Worsted Weight) YarnLarge Yarn Needle
Poly-fil Stuffing (or any stuffing you prefer)
Stitch Marker (optional, but helpful)

Tools-Required

You will need more stuffing then what’s pictured here btw.

 

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds so do not turn or join at the end of each round. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of stitches you should have made at the end of each round.
Abbreviation usage: SC=Single Crochet; Sc2tog=Single Crochet two together/Decrease Stitch

Rnd 1: Make a Magic Circle with 2 Single Crochet Stitches. Pull tail tight to close circle. (6)
(Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed if desired)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around (18)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around (24)
Rnds 5-12: Sc in each sc around. (24)
Rnd 13: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around (18)
Begin to stuff piece and continue to stuff until piece is complete.
Rnd 14: Sc in each sc around. (18)
Rnd 15: *Sc2tog, sc in next 1 sc; rep from (12)
Rnd 16: Sc in each sc around. (12)
Rnd 17: Sc2tog around (6)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Using yarn needle, weave tail through sts of last rnd and tighten to close opening. Weave remaining tail under stitching and cut off excess.

Single-Egg

Congrats! You’ve made your very own plush egg! Now leave them around your house, give them to small children, or use them on your next egg hunt. 🙂

~Nicole


Plushed Pocket Monsters

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As a crocheter and plush maker myself, I can be very picky about the styles I like when it comes to how other people design theirs. So today I wanted to highlight an artist that makes plush based off the adorable creatures from the world of pokemon!

Water Tower by aphid777

One of the things I love the most about their design is how they make the eyes. Instead of just crochet the shape or making it out of felt, they use the needle felting process to give the eyes a beautiful seamless look. Her designs are also just that side of being easily recognized while still made to look ‘chibi’ and cute.

Baby Eeveelutions by aphid777

She of course has made lots of other designs that are equally as fabulous (you may have seen her Skull Kid around the internet a while back), she is kind enough to offer several of her pokemon pattern designs up on deviantart for free. Certainly a project worth trying if you’re looking give amigurumi making a go. ^_^

~Nicole


Scaly Plushies not to Scale

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Something I have a love hate relationship with as a crafter is the knowledge that I’m not alone in what I create. Weather it’s other crocheters, painters, scuplters… there is always someone else out there that shares you passion and wants to show the world what they can do. Now, the things that’s great about this is that much like with the traditional mediums, every crating artisan has their own unique view and take on how they think something should look. Case in point. While both the artist I’ll be showcasing today making dragon plushies, I think you’ll agree that their styles are really quite different!

Dragon Group by hontor

I love the diversity in hontor’s dragon designs. While broken down to just their simple shapes, they still express movement with the varied colors and accessories. One of the few male plush deisgners I’ve ever seen, hontor bases the majority of his work on fantasy creatures such as Dragon Ram hybrid, a Manticore, and even chibi Timber Wolves. The plushies only showcase a small portion of his work as he also creates in sculpture, paint, and mixed media. His gallery is a treat to spend time in if you love detailed fantasy art.

Green Dragon by Sci00

Sci00 on the other hand, really tries to capture the beauty and movement of a dragon in much larger plushies. My personal favorite detail is how she’s incorporated patterned fabric into her designs. I really feel like it give the plush the visual feel of the dragon scale motif without having to use actual scales. Similar to hontor, Sci00 also dabbles in other mediums such as sculpture, mixed media, and haberdashery!  Her newer work of late has been quite impressive and I hope to see more of her in the future. 🙂

~Nicole


Not Quite Five Nights of Plush

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Since I spend so much time crocheting everyday, I’m often looking for new movies/shows to watch/listen to while I work. Lately, I’ve taken to watching some youtube Let’s Players so I can get my video game fix as well. XD What I love about watching them is that they allow me to enjoy games I otherwise wouldn’t play. Especially horror games. I can’t stand jump scares, but I heard so much about Fight Nights at Freddy’s that I decided to check it out. Yeah….would never play but the concept is great and has allowed me to enjoy some new plush that came across my dash over the holiday season.

Bonnie Plush by Fallenpeach

Fallenpeach has just started making these adorable plush inspired by the game, and one of the things I love the most about them is how easily they could be official plush sold by a Chuck E Cheese style restaurant. The craftsmanship here is just wonderful with little scuply metal detail parts and their little extra accessories.

Foxie Plush by Fallenpeach

She’s only made Bonnie and Foxie so far, but I’m hopeful that she’ll add the other 2 main robots at least. ^_^ You can check out more of her work here, including several My Little Pony custom plushies; as well as a few other inspired by various games/movies/shows.

~Nicole


A Plush to Cuddle at Night

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As I was sorting through my updates to make my post this week, one item stood out immediately and I knew exactly what I wanted to show off. A HUGE Totoro Plush! 😀

A true labor of love project, this German artist spent approximately 10 months working on this custom giant Totoro (from My Neighbor Totoro) plush for his lucky girlfriend. It measures about 70cm (about 2.5ft) tall and just looks the fluffiest and most cuddly plush I’ve ever seen. ^_^ SnowCloud89 is also a great inspiration for those who want to try new crafts as this was his very first plush if you can believe it! Crazy. Maybe one day that will be me with my sewing skills. XD But until then I can’t help but admire the hard work of the many other skilled artists out there.

If you’d like to see more images of Totoro here, just check out his dedicated gallery folder for it over here. Some really cute photo op moments were had. 😀

~Nicole