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Embroidered Eyes: Tutorial by caashley Embroidered Eyes: Tutorial by caashley
EDIT: I also make custom plushies! Please check out the rest of my gallery!

I hope this tutorial can come in handy for you all! Feel free to post questions and I will answer them by and by.

I believe you all can make wonderful plushies! <3

EDIT: Here are a few tips and tricks I have picked up from Redditors:

Eight_Quarter_Bit: "for those members without a lot of confidence in free-hand sketching eyes, I bet you could probably cheat and find a vector of MLP eyes, drop it into a document editor to set its dimensions on a page, and print it out as the pattern to go by. This would also make it easy to make sure both the left and right eye were identical but mirrored."

ghostway: "A couple suggestions/personal preferences:

- Instead of a generic felt-tip pen, there's a blue embroidery marker pen you can buy just about anywhere that has embroidery supplies. Doesn't stain, and even if it did, it washes right out with water. (There's a white pencil that does the same thing, but it's rubbish.)

- That said, I cheat horribly and use the reversed printout backing method for doing the outlines. But everything I do is just framed fabric, not plushes, so I don't know if that'd cause problems.

- When I do the outlines, I understitch and overstitch. That is, first I do the outline with one or two strands, and then I satin stitch over it to fill in the solid color, and then I go back and re-stitch the border around there (at four+ strands) with a straight stitch, or my new favourite, a modified split stitch. It's possibly overkill, but I don't want to run the risk of leaving a gap between the satin-stitched areas and the outline.

- For really tiny round areas, like the smallest white highlight on the eye, I prefer a french knot, pressed flat.

- Also, a note to anyone out there doing this for the first time: when filling in with the satin stitch, do the entire width of the area with each stitch; don't try to do it in a series of little centimeter-long stitches. I made that mistake on my first piece, possibly because I was transitioning from cross-stitch, and the result was really shoddy looking and just generally not good."
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Zatattack Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg!!! Love this!!! Thank you for taking the time and making this tutorial!!!!
mariaandpichu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
I am so using this tutorial!
RedDawn3707 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
This is wildly helpful!!!!
I have seen many embroidery tutorials and all of them where pretty vague. Thank you sooooo much this will help me a lot with stepping up my plushy making XD
Sailormbmoon Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for this! I needed to know how to do embroidery by hand so I can apply it to my plushies, though they're not pony ones but still thanks a ton for posting this :)
ShadowApocalypse10 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
embroidered eyes, and a step by step to boot! holy crap you are so helpful!! Thank you! this is amazing
RhythmRender Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this! I really needed a step by step!
TB2374 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Omg, thank you!!! :D

I've been looking for a tutorial like this for ages!

Now I don't have to buy an embroidery machine! :meow:

XxClockworkResonance Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg thank you thank you THANK YOU!!
LucaLouise Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I also do this without an embroidery hoop? Or do I really need one?
caashley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You really need a way to stretch out the fabric. Embroidery hoops are super cheap and you can find them anywhere-- craft stores, Walmart, etc.
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