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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."