Raindrop Ragdoll Tier Three

We’re going to build on the skills by adding some additional techniques that are often found in plushie making. They aren’t difficult…but you usually don’t jump the whole stairwell (which is why they aren’t in tier 1)…so, they are another set of skills to add to your plushie making toolbox. Learn about all three tier’s here.

Coming Sometime in 2024!

Coming Sometime in 2024!

Coming Sometime in 2024!

Coming Sometime in 2024!

1. Sew with Fur or Yarn: This type of medium can throw you some curve balls because it can make seams particularly thick and you have to make sure you don’t sew yarn/fur not meant to be in the seams in the seams. An example is the lion’s mane or the mane and tail on the horse.

2. Sew a Circle: You’ve got this…just take your time! You’ll find this technique in the pig and cow to sew the snout in place.

3. Apply Neck Support: This is always optional, but with animals such as the horse, it is something to strongly consider so the neck doesn’t ‘break’ later and you have a horse with a droopy head. There are a few options for this and they are discussed in the tutorials or the patterns that suggest neck support.

4. Sew Tight Curve: Tight curves aren’t difficult as long as you take your time and have your fabric well pinned. An example is the tail on the pig.

5. Turn Narrow Tubular Piece: Usually this goes hand in hand with tight curves. You’ll learn a couple effective ways of turning these sometimes fiddly pieces. The pig’s tail is also an example here.

6. Sew a Dart: Ahhh, darts…it took me awhile to learn to do these correctly but they sure do help add the proper shape in certain animals…such as the muzzle on the bunny. Don’t worry, you usually just have two to sew where a dart is found in the pattern…you can totally conquer it!

7. Optional Fabric Overlay: This technique adds dimension and can add a little rigid definition to some pieces (such as the pig’s nose), if rigid is what you’re going for. That’s just one option, as overlays aren’t all rigid, most aren’t. It can also add inset nostrils on the cow by having the nostril color as the base fabric and the nose/snout color as the overlay, with notches sewn in for the nostrils. It really is quite easier than it may sound.

8. Use Wire in Tail, etc: The pig is an example here as well, the curly tail is accomplished with ‘plush wire’ chenille stems. It can also be used as an option to make ears rigid or shaped, etc.

Dress them up!!

This design also lends itself well to easily making clothes for them. A layer of fun to give your plushie even more personality! I have several items of clothing in mind to design for you. To kick things off…just a basic t-shirt and pants!

I’ve designed several Raindrop Ragdoll animals, in anticipation they will be well received (and because I am really enjoying these quicker designs!). If the first couple that are released aren’t well received, the production of this collection will cease. So, what you see here may or may not be released. Keep your eyes on this space!