1. What Material do you use?
I use Minky for all of my pony/creature plushies, Fleece for hats, Denim for pouches, and Deersuede for humanoid plushies, plus whatever else I might need to use for accessories and things!
2. Where do you buy your material?
Fabric.com is my main supplier for fabric and embroidery thread.
J Ennis Fabrics is where I purchase tools like my scissors, foam, zippers, etc.
Walmart is where I buy my fluff/stuffing.
I buy my thread and accessories for my Pfaff directly from the Pfaff Sewing Center of Vancouver, BC.
Oh, and Amazon.ca for all of my stabilizer and other little things.
3. What equipment do you use?
Pfaff Ambition 1.5 Sewing Machine
Pfaff Select 150 Sewing Machine
Pfaff Creative 1.5 Embroidery Machine
Xerox Workcentre 6605
Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine (Poor beastie sadly is no more…)
4. What type of thread, stabilizer, etc do you use?
Sewing: Guttermann sewing thread
Embroidery: Madiera embroidery thread, Brother 90WT Bobbin thread
Stabilizer: Sulky Cut-Away, Tear-Away, and Sticky
5. Will you sell/give your patterns to me?
I do NOT give away any of my patterns, however if it’s a pattern I had purchased I will happily share the link to the artist so you can buy the pattern yourself though!
6. Do you make your own patterns?
I am learning. Some of my plushies are 100% original, others I use bits and pieces of other patterns I have purchased in the past to create. The best way to learn is look at how others create their patterns. I have purchased quite a collection of patterns, and while many I may never actually use, they help me learn how pieces go together. Just like with art, referencing is a valuable tool!
7. Where can you buy patterns?
Valley Violet – My Little Pony Plushies. Amazing patterns, well made and simple to understand!
E The Pony – My Little Pony Embroidery files for eyes and cutie marks. My first stop shop for files!
Soapy Bacon – My Little Pony and other fandom embroidery files.
Funky Friends Factory – Various animal and critter patterns, these patterns are great for beginners.
Haan Crafts – Clothing, plushies, bags, and lots more! This site even includes all stuffing and thread!
Plush n Bulbs – My Little Pony Patterns, Embroidery files, custom plush, and even electronics for sale.
8. Do you have pets?
Yes, I have 2 dogs and 1 cat, so while I do my best to ensure my art room stays clean and I lint roll plushies before I ship, please be aware of such if you have pet allergies when ordering a plush from me. 🙂
9. Can you teach me how to sew?
Sorry, but no. I don’t feel I am anywhere near the caliber to teach others, as there is still so much I need to learn myself. However, I can try to answer questions if you have them, or at least try and offer advice on where to look. 🙂 I love to share knowledge! That said, at the bottom of this page is a collection of tidbits I’ve learned from my experience.
10. Can I save money by ordering a smaller plushie?
In regards to plushies size, contrary to popular belief, smaller plushies are not cheaper to make vs larger plush, quite the opposite in fact. Smaller plushies mean smaller pieces, which are much more difficult to sew, turn, and stuff, require much more hand sewing, so they take far more work, and hence actually cost more to do. So in saying that, I generally won’t do smaller plushies, unless they’re super simple like beanies.
1. What art programs do you use?
I have a gambit of art programs. Photoshop, Mischief, Paint Shop Pro, Sketchbook Pro, Clip Studio Pro, Inkscape… and I use them all to certain extents, but when it comes down to inking and coloring, I have recently started using Affinity Designer! It is a wonderful vector program that allows me total control over every single line, so I can get things exactly how I want them (I’m finicky), and being vector, it allows for infinite resizing, so I can make the final product any size you want, which is perfect for you to print your work any size you’d like! I prefer to vector my art because the line work is just so perfectly crisp and clear, I love the look of it.
2. Can I have the working file/vector file of my commission?
Yes! Please just ask, and I’ll send you the working file, and you can do whatever you want with it… except claiming it as your own art, of course. 😛
3. Can you design/make Pins/Magnets/Key chains so that I can sell them at cons/Etsy/etc?
Sure can! I’m more than happy to make bulk buttons for resale, and all bulk orders are at a discount VS buying one or two. So it’s a good way if you’ve ever wanted to sell pins, magnets, or key chains, but can’t afford all the tools! I have no minimum order for amount of buttons or designs either.
4. Can I give you my artwork to make into buttons so that I can sell them at cons/Etsy/etc?
Usually, yes, but it depends on the artwork. I need it to be at least a minimum 300 DPI and at least 800px X 800px in order for it to print properly for the button press. Please send me the image you’d like done, and let’s discuss. 🙂 Again, I have no minimum order, so if you just want a single one made up as a specialty item like a gift, I can do that too!
Things I’ve learned while sewing
1. Fabric direction is more important than you think.
2. Buy good needles and strong thread, it will save you hours of headache.
3. Prototyping is crucial when making new patterns, don’t be afraid to make multiple tests. You will never get it right the first time.
4. You will always find pins… with the soles of your feet. I suggest wearing slippers or shoes.
5. Clean your machines weekly. This includes taking out the bobbin casing to get to the thread shreds, oiling your machine, dusting it, and re-threading your spool and bobbin.
6. Change your needle constantly. Minimum monthly for a sewing machine, and weekly for embroidery. If you even suspect a needle has been damaged or bent, change it. Needles are cheap. Machines are not.
Updated February 10th, 2017