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stuffed stuff: dana doll July 25, 2009

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I wrote a little about a doll of my friend I made in my “Master Chief plush” post. This is one and only Dana doll. My friend and I wanted our friend, Dana, to wear a maid outfit, but we figured that she was too shy to wear it. So I decided to make her a doll of her wearing a maid outfit. I know it sounds very weird, but she (Dana) is adorable enough to be made into a doll. Still sounds creepy? I know. But if you’ve met her, you know why I made a doll of her. 😉

Stuffed stuff: Dana doll
Created and stuffed November 2006

I’ve made patterns for a human body before, but my original pattern was a bit too complicated. I wanted to make it simpler and cuter, so I changed the feet of the pattern from regular feet to “my little pony” style feet. (cylindrical shape)

The head is just a modified version of a teddy bear head, which I also made from scratch. I didn’t want to make her look too realistic, so I used a pair of blue doll eyes and put eyelashes. (because Dana also has blue eyes) For her wavy hair, I cut felt in wavy strips and sewed them onto the top of the head.

I never sewed actual clothes before, but the maid outfit was fun to make. I made the backside open and put velcro, so that you can change the clothes.

When I was making it, I couldn’t come up with a way to make shoes, so I went to Target, looking for baby shoes. But then I found two pairs of shoes for “create-a-bear,” one pair were black dress shoes, the others were casual sneakers. I bought them and put them on the doll. They fit perfectly! (The funny thing was that Dana also had almost the exact same sneakers as the one I bought.) I put pebbles in the bottom of her feet, so she can actually stand on her own!

As I wrote in the “Master Chief plush” post, Dana and Lupos (my friend I made the Master Chief plush for) are a couple. So I asked my boyfriend to take some pictures of the Dana doll and Master Chief together. Aren’t they adorable?

A deadly adorable couple


Dana doll set on my flickr

Collections of my stuffed stuff on my flickr


stuffed stuff: master chief June 25, 2009

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EDIT: I just want to make something clear before it gets too crazy.

Unfortunately, the patterns and plush Master Chief are not for sale. =<

I work for a post-production company, and I’ve made prototypes of plush of anime characters to be mass-produced legally before, and I am so very aware of copyright law. Making profits from the products of copyrighted characters without any legal contract can cause a lot of trouble. I can’t give away the patterns either, since I cannot stop anyone else from making profits with them. Also I spent a very long time making the base body patterns, so I can’t sell them or give them away either.

You just have to be a very good friend of mine to adopt a plush Master Chief. 😀

For those who want a plush Master Chief sooooo bad… You can probably find similar base body patterns in a doll book or online. You just have to make the patterns for the costume (?) by looking at images or toys of Master Chief. Like I mentioned, it’s a tedious work, but not impossible to do. Good luck!!

I’m too tired to write anything clever to begin this post, so I’m just gonna say… Yay! I finished! (And this time, I took a LOT of pictures while making it.)

Master Chief from Halo
Created and stuffed: June 2009

(*The photos of “making of Master Chief” were taken by me. That’s why they are crappy. :P)

My friend Lupos is turning 29 on June 26th, but we decided to have his birthday party early on the 24th. Lupos also works in the online card game “Alteil” division at the company I work at. He’s a programmer/super tech-savvy/customer support/repairman, etc…Yep, he’s the guy every company wishes they had. He’s also, like many of my friends are, a gamer. Not just a gamer, but a hardcore gamer. Besides working for Alteil, he also writes articles and reviews for an online game news/review site, SPOnG. And like any boy gamer, when he grows up, he wants to be Master Chief.

Before anyone gets tired of reading, and scrolls down just to see pretty pictures, here’s a blog post by Lupos, the lucky guy who has adopted this snuggly Master Chief..

Master Chief is a fictional character and the main protagonist from the game Halo. Halo is a first-person shooter video game, based on the science fictional events and settings in the Halo Universe. (from wikipedia) Anyone who’s played the game will tell you that Master Chief is the man of awesomeness. Anyway, I searched online, and didn’t find the official Master Chief stuffed toy, so I decided to make him “the one and only” kind of plush. I’ve made Lupos’ girlfriend, Dana, (who also works at the same company) a plush toy of herself on her birthday before. I thought it’d be cute if I made Master Chief the same size as her plush, so they could play together.

"Maid Dana" I made everything from scratch except her shoes, and the weapons on her right hand.

I started the project Sunday afternoon. It was cloudy out, so I didn’t feel too guilty for staying home all day. 🙂 First, I used the same pattern as the Dana doll and made a black base body.

Cut out fabric, ready to be sewn. (oops I had my camera set to "tungsten")

And this is what it looks like after sewing the pieces together.

I don’t usually use the “gluing felt on the body” method when I make plush. Felt isn’t ideal for plush because the surface gets fuzzy, stretches (and doesn’t stretch back), and bulky. But since the costume for Master Chief is very complicated, I just decided to glue felt onto his body for this project.

I have tons of felt, but I didn’t have the color I wanted to use for the final product at the time, so I cut purple felt, pinned it to the body, trimmed it, and pinned it again… I just kept doing it to make cloth pattern for his costume. Using felt to make final patterns is much easier than putting paper on a 3D object to make final patterns.

This purple felt is going to be my pattern. I'll draw lines on it as I look at reference pictures.

Just keep adding pieces...

If I were good at “simplifying complicated stuff”, this could’ve been easier and the final product would’ve looked more polished… I ended up making pretty much all the costume pieces.

This process took… forever. I finished making the patterns for the body on Monday morning, but I still didn’t know exactly how to make the helmet. (I was saving the most difficult part until the very end. I’m smart like that. :P)

I got the right color of felt on Monday. Once I got home, I started cutting up the felt using the pattern, and pinned it to the body. Nothing complicated, just tedious work. By Tuesday morning, almost all the body pieces were pinned on. But I still hadn’t started making the helmet yet.

Chest plate layers

Tuesday night, I started gluing the pieces to the body. I didn’t want to just glue a round piece to bottom of the feet, so I actually sewed and made boots with felt. Then I finally started working on the helmet. I didn’t take pictures of the helmet in process because I spent hours just trimming felt for patterns, and it still didn’t look so good… But I only had several hours left. So I just went ahead and started making the helmet using the half-assed pattern. Somehow I finally finished it! I can’t remember much about how I made the helmet. Seems like I was sleep making. On a serious note. Do not sleep sew with a sewing machine! It’s very dangerous.

I actually had about an hour before I had to leave the house. I thought of making an Energy Sword, which is a weapon from Halo. But then I realized that I probably wasn’t thinking right, so I ignored that. 3 hours of sleep in 48 hours does NOT make you very productive. I always end up doing the same thing when I make plush as a gift for my friends, but as I get older, it gets harder for my body, eyes and brains to keep up.

But the very important thing was that just like the last plush, I managed to finish it! I don’t know but maybe making bento is actually improving my guesstimate on how long it’ll take to make things.

We went to Daisy May’s BBQ in the city (I’ll blog about this place later), and I gave it to Lupos at the dinner. He seemed to enjoy the plush Master Chief (or Plushter Chief?) a lot. Everyone was making the Master Chief pose. Unfortunately, Dana had already packed her Dana doll (our company is moving soon), so we couldn’t make them play with each other this time, but once we move to the new office, I’ll make sure to take pictures of them together. 🙂

I didn’t post all the pictures of Master Chief project on here, so if you want to see more pictures of him, please check them out on my flickr page.

Master Chief set on my flickr
Making of Master Chief set on my flickr

Collections of my stuffed stuff on my flickr

stuffed stuff: Legrye, the water emperor June 9, 2009

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So this is what I’ve been working on the past couple of days. I think 99% of people who visit my blog are going “?” right now, but I’ll just go ahead and explain.

Legrye from online card game, “Alteil”
Created and stuffed: June 2009

As I mentioned in my blog before, I work for an online card game called Alteil. (My company imported the game from Japan to the U.S.) I work with the four other staff members, one of them is my friend Logress. I’ve known him since I started working at my company 8 years ago. I had no idea what to get for him for his birthday. I’d usually get him a joke gift, but after almost 8 years of giving him joke gifts, I decided that I’d make him something this year.

I make stuffed toys as a hobby. Before I started making bento, I used to make stuffed toys all the time, day and night. I made many different characters from Invader ZIM, and other characters from anime shows for my friends’ birthdays and around Christmas. I was going to make a character from a video game he liked, but it wasn’t very original. Then I thought maybe I could make a character from an Alteil card. I thought a stuffed toy would be perfect since Alteil is an online card game, and there isn’t that much merchandise available except prints and some T-shirts.

Almost all of the card art is very detailed and beautifully drawn, so making a plush toy seemed very difficult. Then my boyfriend, also an Alteil player, suggested “What about Legrye?” Legrye is a Water Emperor, which looks like a giant worm/snake/looking thing. When the card came out, it caused havoc in the game because it was unstoppable when used in combination with another card. It also caused a headache for Logress because users complained about the combo a lot. 😛

Illustration by YUJI KAIDA. This is the real Legrye. He is indeed a "water emperor."

It didn’t look too complicated, and I knew I had all the materials I needed, so I started making patterns first. First I was going to make the body with two pieces, simple and easy. But then I wanted to put fins and make him with his mouth open. So I had to change my plan from a 2-piece pattern body to 4-piece pattern body, slightly more complicated and more time consuming… Why does this always happen to me whenever I make something? T_T

I didn’t take pictures while making this, and it’s kind of boring to describe how I made it, so I’ll just post some pictures of Legrye.

*insert an imperial music here*

I like how his crown came out.

Legryes fin

Legrye's fins. I had to pin these one by one before sewing it together...

His teeth just didnt stay inward...

His teeth just didn't stay inward...

The red crown and the black pattern were sewn at the top, then the black part was glued to the body. (I got lazy...)

Kinda cute, isn't he?

Even though I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the details, I was very proud that I was able to make this practically in 2 nights. I usually can’t finish my projects on time, so the fact that I finished, made me feel like I really accomplished something. How did my friend like it? He loved it. 😀 It was fun to watch him walking around in the office with a big snake-like stuffed toy in his hand. He even did a blog post on Alteil site here.

I’ve been meaning to do a stuffed toy blog since I’ve made so many. The problem is that I usually give them away, I only have few of them with me… But it’s never too late to start keeping a record of stuff I’ve made. 🙂 So hopefully, I can blog about my stuffed stuff once in a while.

For more pictures of my stuffed stuff, visit Stuffed stuff on my flickr page.