Off and on I’ve tried sewing, but not clothing or household decorations like sane people, but plush figures of characters that did not yet have them. Most of the pieces I’ve made were too small to use a sewing machine, so most of them were hand-stitched. This is the reason TV was invented, and then VHS / DVD players. I may be a couch potato, but I can’t simply sit and watch TV or a movie. I have to be making something simultaneously.
When I come up with a plush character, I try to work out the patterns on paper, then start sewing and hope for the best. Successes have varied, depending on the complexity of the character.
Here are some attempts, first from the sci-fi series Farscape.
John Crichton and Aeryn Sun
John Crichton main character in spite of it being an ensemble show. Aeryn Sun is/was the ice queen whose heart he needed to melt over four seasons.
Plush John is something that I ended up donating to a charity auction. He was missing the belt and a Peacekeeper pulse pistol, so the winner was okay with letting me finish him and mail him to her. She then asked for the pistol to be able to stick in his hand. It didn’t have fingers, and I didn’t think that Velcro would work, so I ended up sewing a magnet inside of the hand and sculpting one into the pulse pistol. Innoventions!
And as for Aeryn, I play these things by ear, remember? If memory serves, Aeryn’s chin ended up like it did because the original one came out way too pointy, so I tried to correct it. Your mileage may vary on whether that worked.
Unlike Plush John above, Plush Aeryn does not have a magnetic hand/pulse pistol combo. But she does have a tight ponytail and little holster!
Ka D’argo and Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan
Plush D’argo’s not my best work, but somebody won this at a charity auction, so there’s that. Then I saw her and D’argo a couple of years later at a convention. Small world! For NERDS.
Too bad I didn’t take a picture of the back to show his adorable little head tentacles. Or closeups of his tattoos, for that matter. I’m not very good at preserving my work photographically.
All that braiding, now that was… fun.
Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan, plant priestess and blue-arsed bitch at once, attempted in fabric form. The sewing part was not the challenge so much as painting the head. This piece was also donated to a charity auction, and it happened that Virginia Hey, Zhaan’s actress, was a guest at that convention. She charitably – pun intended – autographed it for the winner! Good stuff.
His Eminence Dominar Rygel XVI, Captain Bialar Crais, and Scorpius
Oh, don’t even get me started on the somersaulting involved with making this guy’s face. And I didn’t really get it right, but I can’t say I didn’t try!
His Eminence Dominar Rygel XVI, in fabric form! (Throne chair not included)
Captain Bialar Crais, sporting standard Farscape black leather and a swanky Peacekeeper pony tail. I may have given this to his longtime convention handler Jean, but don’t quote me on that!
Alas, poor Scorpius, to be rendered so awkwardly in vinyl! But he’s the only character who ended with two different designs! More about the second one below.
This version of Plush Scorpius is actually a bonus accessory to a customized action figure of Lieutenant Braca, whose most triumphant moment was leading a brain-damaged Scorpius around on a leash like a dog. It makes sense in context. When I made the Braca figure, I was compelled to create the Scorpy-on-a-leash accessory, too, so I made a very quick plush version of him, which you can see comes with a leash. The actor who got the custom Braca, David Franklin, was pleased.