Do you want to make your very own anime plushie? Well, this step-by-step guide will teach you how. All you need is some felt (or other fabric), scissors, and thread. The first thing that you should do is print out the pattern for the body of your plushie.
Then cut it out and trace it onto a piece of felt or another fabric with a pencil so that all the lines are still visible on both pieces of material. Next, cut around each line on one side of the paper pattern before folding over the material completely to expose only half of each line on top as well as at least 1/2 inch outside each corner.
What is Anime?
Anime is a popular Japanese animation style that has become more and more popular in America. One of the most recognizable features of anime is the characters’ large, round eyes.
The character’s eyes are so distinctive to anime fans that they even have their own name: “moe.” Making an Anime plushie can be a fun way to express your love of this unique art form! Read on for instructions on how to make your very own moe plushies!
What are Plushies Made Out of?
Plushies are made out of many materials, but the most popular are fleece fabric, felt, or recycled clothing. Fleece is very easy to work with and it comes in so many colors! For beginners though, I would suggest starting off with felt because not only is it easier to find your way around, but it is also much cheaper than soft fabrics.
You can even use old soft items you have lying around the house like pillows or towels for your first attempts – just make sure they aren’t too thin! If you’re feeling brave enough though, go ahead and try using a plush fabric instead. To transform that old t-shirt into a cool plush toy check out our post on t-shirt plushies!
How to Make Anime Plushies – a step by step guide
To make the Anime Plushies follow the below steps:
First, choose your favorite anime character and print out the pattern for your plushie. You may need to resize your pattern depending on what character you’re making; different characters have different body proportions and sizes. Anime eyes can be as big as they look in the anime or smaller, depending on if you want a more realistic appearance or not. For this tutorial, I will be showing how to make an anime-style girl with huge eyes that are close together
Trace the pattern onto two pieces of felt or other fabric with a pencil so that all of the lines are still visible on both pieces of material. If you want any additional features such as wings or tails, now is also a good time to cut those out.
Next, cut out each piece along the drawn lines. Be sure that you only cut one side at a time so that you can still see all of your drawn lines when folding over the material later on.
Cut around each line on one side of the paper pattern before folding over the material completely to expose only half of each line on top as well as at least 1/2 inch outside each corner
Now, sew around each drawn line with either white or pink thread (or whatever color matches your felt). It might help to use a contrasting color for this step since it will make following your drawn lines easier after flipping the pieces inside out later on. Once finished, flip both pieces inside out and press them flat with a pressing cloth to make them look nice and neat.
Sew up the bottom of your plushie, but leave an opening large enough for you to be able to turn it inside out. Then, stuff it lightly before turning it right-side-out again through the opening in the bottom that you left open earlier on
If you want any additional features such as wings or tails, now is also a good time to sew those onto your plushie. For example, if your anime character has cat ears then attach them using a needle and thread while they are still inside-out so that their base is flush against the head while the rest of each ear hangs freely outside. Once finished making additions, turn down (right side out) and stuff your plushie. Then, sew the opening shut using a whip stitch to make it look nicer.
You will notice that if you turn your plushie over then the bottom is not completely smooth like the top of the head and body are. To fix this problem, press on either side of where you sewed up the bottom of your plushie with two fingers while holding them together vertically (not horizontally).
Then, use a small piece of scrap material or fabric and wrap it around this area several times until it looks nice and neat on either side of where you sewed up the bottom of your plushie. Make sure that there is no extra space at all in between each loop before securing it tightly with a strong thread or string.
For those of you who want to add a face, sew it on now! Use the same color as your plushie for better results and make sure that you align your facial features properly before securing them tightly by sewing them on with a strong thread or string to make sure they won’t come off easily. Once finished, turn your plushie over again and admire the effort you’ve put in!
Or if something didn’t go well then use a pair of scissors to snip away any abnormally long strands of thread sticking out from inside-out parts of your plushie’s head and tail. If you’re feeling extra careful then start using lighter colors of thread instead because it’ll be less obvious if you snip away any strands of darker thread.
Now that you’ve learned how to make an anime plushie, it’s time for a few tips and tricks on what makes the perfect plushie. We recommend using good quality fabric because if not, they can tear or rip easily. Also, use a low heat iron so as not to melt anything together. And lastly, have fun with this project! It may be daunting at first but once you get going it’ll feel like second nature in no time!