I know, I know. It’s been soap soap soap soap soap for so long that you probably forgot that I got my crafting online start by making plush and purses. (I had almost forgotten, too.) But this past week I went back to my “roots” and the days of crafting plushies in my craft dungeon in Calgary, AB and made something extra special for our son.
I’m a teacher so I don’t normally work in the summer, but my teaching contract has a few summer dates tacked on so that I can run professional development training for other teachers. Since the geekling normally goes to daycare built in to my school district, (which is closed for the summer) we had to find him an alternative daycare to go to for these random days. Every day when I would pick him up at this new place, I’d walk in his classroom and find him loving on this big plush Dora the Explorer doll. He was in love with this thing! He carried Dora everywhere, hugging her tight. It was adorable! Of course, Dora belongs to the daycare, and now that I’m finally off for the summer, that meant no more time with the Dora doll. We could’ve just gone out and bought him his own Dora the Explorer doll, but why buy when you can DIY, amirite?!
So then I started thinking. If I’m going to make my kid a big plush doll… why not give it to him for his upcoming first birthday, which is Star Wars themed? And since the party is Star Wars themed, let’s make the doll a character from Star Wars. Those of you that know me can see why Greedo was my first choice; he’s my favorite Star Wars character. I know, I know, it’s not about me, it’s about the kid. BUT, the geekling is going to be brought up RIGHT and be taught about how Greedo shot first, (George Lucas said so!) so I thought it was a good idea to start with a Greedo plush. Besides… we can then act out fan fiction where Han and Greedo didn’t shoot at each other and instead are BFFs and fly around our living room in the Millennium Falcon we made together. Can you just picture the geekling and his plush Greedo in his Millennium Falcon?! I just melted from the cute.
Anyway, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten out the old sewing machine, but it felt like I had never abandoned it for soap when I got it out this past weekend to stitch together my Greedo doll. Thanks for not holding a grudge, sewing machine. I missed you!
Before I could start sewing, though, I needed a pattern. I tweeted a picture via Instagram two weeks back of a little sketch I did on a scrap of paper as I was formulating my plush plan; it was how I pictured a cute and cuddly Greedo doll to look. After getting the thumbs up from followers, I turned the sketch into a large paper pattern. The kid and I ran out one afternoon and picked up a bunch of fleece and felt, and the rest is history. Greedo came together overnight, and I couldn’t be happier with how he turned out. I love him so much that I’m not sure I want to give him away!
Our finished Greedo plush is 2ft tall (!) and made mostly of super soft fleece with some felt features. Fittingly I left the hole for turning & stuffing in Greedo’s head (hahahaha, see what I did there?) and hand stitched his head closed after stuffing. The nose and eyebrow is all one giant unibrow-nose piece that I sewed separately on the face so that I could lightly stuff it to give his nose and brow a bit of depth. As you can see from the pictures, I cut out the two large full-body shapes completely in the jumpsuit blue fleece and then cut other pieces, like the green head, brown shoes, yellow jumpsuit stripes, and brown vest, and sewed them down to the blue fleece form like pieces of a puzzle in the right spots. Then when I was ready to put Greedo all together, I only had to sew the two large blue jumpsuit pieces, instead of dealing with several different pieces. I hope that made sense. TLDR; I sewed down all of the other parts to the blue body outlines first.
I mentioned pictures – you know I took pictures of the whole process, right? Here they are!
(See the whole set on Flickr)
I seriously cannot wait to gift Greedo to the geekling this next week for his birthday! I hope you like how he turned out as much as I do. :) As a side note, I have lots of Greedo-colored fleece and felt left over, so you never know what other Greedo goodness I may make next! I’m totally thinking hand puppet or a mini lovey blanket…
Forget sock monkeys — what YOU need is an original Sock-thulhu!
Sock-thulhus are wonderfully soft Cthulhu plushes created à la sock monkey from fuzzy chenille-style socks. They were designed with love and care and are truly one-of-a-kind. Stuffed with polyfill and light cardboard for stability in the wings. Not meant to be washed.
Sock-Thulhus are a registered character and pattern copyright to Lesley A. Karpiuk of the Pink Toque Craft Blog. Available for sale on Etsy.
These are crochet amigurumi plush dolls created to look just like my husband and I. They were given as a gift to a friend who lives far away so that we can always be together. I designed the dolls myself and created their accessories to help make them more “Lucas and Lesley like.” They are a good likeness!
Personal pattern not available.
Rancors are fierce beasts in the Star Wars universe. You may remember Luke Skywalker attempting to escape his untimely death at the jaws of a rancor by closing a door on its head. SWG players who remember the Creature Handler profession may think back fondly to when they tamed their first baby bull rancor in-game. Either way, rancors are iconic Star Wars creatures and one day I decided to sit down and draft a pattern to create a plush version of my very own from felt. All features hand sewn.
Personal pattern not available.
This is a 3D Rayman Raving Rabbid plush that I designed and created for a friend shortly after the first game was released for the Nintendo Wii. I LOVE the Rayman games! This plush is made from felt and fleece, partially machine and hand sewn. Stuffed with polyfill and lots of fun.
I later added a few accessories to allow the recipient the ability to dress the rabbid up as Superman. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SUPER RAYMAN RAVING RABBID!
Personal pattern not available.
For my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding in October 2007, I created a giant confection masterpiece: a plush 4-tiered wedding cake modeled after their actual wedding cake. The cake was crafted from felt and foam, and all hand stitched. Looks good enough to eat, don’t you think? The flowers on top were made from leftover scraps of the actual bridesmaid dresses.
Be sure to check out my other plush confections for more of my delicious artwork.
Huug the Hug Monster is a character and pattern design that I created in February 2008. The original Huug was knit, but I have since created a crochet pattern to make Huug, too. (January 2009.)
Huug was invented randomly one day when I envisioned this cute and cuddly monster who was built with disproportionately large arms meant specifically for hugging. I began knitting and tweaked the dimensions and the pattern until Huug came alive in fiber exactly the way I imagined him in my head.
Personal pattern not available. Character and pattern has been legally copyrighted.
Don’t ask me why, but I love crafting plush food. These are just a few of the plush cakes and donuts I’ve handmade. Some have been on display in the UK as part of a plush food exhibit. Over the years, I’ve made several custom plush confections for various celebrations and events. Let me know if you’re looking for something specific.
Also be sure to check out the four-tiered plush wedding cake I made for my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding. Looks good enough to eat!
This is a set of plush otters that I designed to give to my husband. There is a small piece of velcro on the otters’ paws so that they can hold hands just like real otters do in the wild when they sleep so they don’t float apart. Partially machine and hand sewn, made from various types of felt. Plush pattern designed by me.