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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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:iconivyviolaagathe:
IvyViolaAgathe Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  New member
May I use this hand sewn eye tutorial in my my little pony plushie pattern?
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:iconzatattack:
Zatattack Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg!!! Love this!!! Thank you for taking the time and making this tutorial!!!!
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:iconmariaandpichu:
mariaandpichu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
I am so using this tutorial!
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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
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student 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 :)
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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
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RhythmRender Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this! I really needed a step by step!
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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:

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XxClockworkResonance Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg thank you thank you THANK YOU!!
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:iconlucalouise:
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?
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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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reygan-kiwi Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
Why is it so important to stretch the fabric out?
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:iconcaashley:
caashley Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is very hard to push a needle through a loose bit of fabric. It needs to feel like you are working on a piece of paper.
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reygan-kiwi Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
Are embroidery needles/thread thicker than normal sewing needles/thread?
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caashley Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, definitely. :)
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reygan-kiwi Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Filmographer
Alright! Thank you. I know those seemed like really stupid questions, but I was really confused because I've been embroidering with regular sewing needles and thread and didn't find a need to stretch it out. Thanks!
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caashley Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No worries! I would love to see your results!
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LucaLouise Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thank you so much! I will definitely look for one when I go shopping again :)
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RainbowDashSister Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
That was the best tutorial I have found
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PastelSketchPlushies Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What stitch should you use?
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Jinxminecraft Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
YUUSSSSS I FINALLY FOUND A HAND EMBROIDERY ONE!!!
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Derpzalot Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :)
This time I make a plush I will try this instead of making an eye out of felt :D
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Manestreet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You;re the best.
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IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
:wow: HOLY HOOVES! This is epic!! Thank you! I need this!!
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Sir-Herp Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I've been trying to figure out how to embroider on a normal sewing machine, and that's... not been going so well. Frustrated tears have been figuratively shed.

I've been scared of trying embroidery in general, but since I'm more comfortable hand-sewing, I think I'll be okay.
Thanks for the tut! I'll have to look up some of the stitches that ghostway suggested, too. :D
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Kwintikal Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Is there a reason that mine looks so bad? It just..looks bad. I haven't started filling it in yet or anything.
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:iconkwintikal:
Kwintikal Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
also, how do you get your eyelashes so pointy? Mine are like..dull. They're super rounded and they don't look good..is it possibly because I used three threads for the outline / backstitch? I'm sorry for all the posts ;-;
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:iconkwintikal:
Kwintikal Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Also, when do you flip it over to the side without the head outline? After you do the basic outlining, or what?
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caashley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The nature of embroidering makes it so that you are kind of flipping it around constantly. Essentially, any time you need to see the line reference again (that you drew), then you flip it over and have a look. Generally when you have done all of the outlining, then you shouldn't need to look at the back again.
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:iconkwintikal:
Kwintikal Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Can you tell me what size needle would be good for this? I was thinking maybe an eight? I use fleece, btw.
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caashley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am not entirely sure with fleece. I assume the same size that I use, which is pretty thick. I am not sure what number though!
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onelilmermaid Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Mochine-Nyan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you know you did the drawing on the otherside of the minky? and you needed to knot the thread on the other side? which way does the thread go in? the furry side or the flat side?
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caashley Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, think of it this way: the furry side is the side you see on the outside of the pony. Do you want big knots or drawings showing up on the outside of the pony?
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PrancingPalfreys Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I have been looking for something like this FOREVER and it makes me ECSTATIC that someone took the effort to make a tutorial. THANKS!
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mamaof2beauties Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Great tutorial thanks!
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XNightMelody Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
This! Thannnnkkkk youuuuu.
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mlpstar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
finaly i found the directions!omg omg omg yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Eyeheartz0rd Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
OH GOD THIS IS SO LONG...
I'm embroidering eyes right now xD
great tutorial!
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Mewmew34 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't do ponies, but I'll have to reference this when I finally get around to making more Metalocalypse plushies. Maybe this will help me get the eyes better.
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caashley Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's great to hear. Let me know how to turns out!
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Mokulen22 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I normally heat-transfer eyes on to my plushies...this is an awesome idea! THank you.
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LiChiba Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great tutorial :D thanks for sharing ^u^
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MemyselfandI373 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
extremely helpful, thank you very much
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Aleeart7 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for this tutorial! I tried it for the first time, but its hard to go continuously in one direction, haha. Hopefully my 2nd try is better :D
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:iconcaashley:
caashley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Practice makes perfect! I hate to spew cliches, but that's my story. :)
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:iconaleeart7:
Aleeart7 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree, can't wait to try again :) fabric glue helps a little too, hehehehe
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ChefCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
This is perfect! Been looking for a way to do the details without an embroidery machine.
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:iconcaashley:
caashley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That was my dilemma. I had to teach myself how to do it by hand. :(
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:iconchefcosplay:
ChefCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Well it should certainly help! I'm planning a CMC cape and want to do the badge by hand, give it a more realistic feel than one of the ones you can buy on the web. How long does it normally take you do do an eye?
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